Joe Lugar Was A Paper Mill Pro For Many Years

Posted: February 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

Courtesy of Terre Haute Tribune-Star

Sept. 10, 1928 — Feb. 11, 2015
Joseph J. Lugar, 86, of Terre Haute, passed away Feb. 11, 2015. He was born Sept. 10, 1928, to James T. and Madeline (Paul ) Lugar, and they have preceded him in death, as well as his brother James T. Lugar. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Jean (Curts) Lugar, on June 12, 2008. Joe and Barbara were married March 23, 1952, and celebrated 56 years together. Joe considered her to be the ideal wife and perfect mate.

He is survived by his children, Joseph J. Lugar Jr. (Robyn), and Paula Lugar McCardle (John Volpert); a son-in-law, Grand McCardle; his grandchildren: Mattheu Lugar (Andrea), Jordan Lugar Fox (Steve), Katie Lugar, Khris McCardle (Nikki), Grand McCardle II (Chrissy), and Clark McCardle; and his great-grandchildren: Hayden and Chloe Lugar, Lucy Hudson, Foster McCardle, Jack and Jillian McCardle.

Joe graduated from Ball State University with a degree in chemistry. He used that degree throughout his career, starting at Delco-Remy in Anderson, Ind. In 1954, the family moved to Weston Paper in St. Marys, Ohio, starting in the chemistry lab and progressing to plant superintendent. In 1970, the family moved to Weston/International Paper in Terre Haute, where he also worked as plant superintendent. He was in charge of water/waste treatment control and paper quality control. Upon retiring, he returned to work at the plant and enjoyed every minute. He eventually retired at the age of 70.

He was a Cubmaster for Cub Scouts in Saint Mary’s, and was very active in the Methodist Church, as Sunday School Superintendent and president of the West Elementary School PTA. In Terre Haute, he and Barbara were active in Bible studies, often holding them at their home. They were active members of the United Methodist Temple.

Joe’s hobbies included fishing, crossword puzzles, and eating at Bob Eva’s restaurant. The family often enjoyed celebrations of birthdays, anniversaries, and Christmas. Funeral services are Saturday, 10:30 a.m., at United Methodist Temple, 5301 S. US 41, in Terre Haute. Visitation is 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Burial in Roselawn Memorial Park. If friends so desire, the family has suggested that memorial contributions can be made to the United Methodist Temple. Online condolences can offered at:

  1. Ruth Itamura says:

    Thank you for keeping us informed. We appreciated the news from time to time and hope sometime it can be happy, day to day happenings. Hope you are staying warm and safe.

  2. BG says:

    You’re right, it seems like we never have happy news anymore, but I just don’t hear from anybody these days. However, if anyone wants to email me with news, I’d be glad to turn it into a post here.

    Thanks for writing, Ruth. Comments like yours are one reason I keep this going. 🙂

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