Joseph Henry Shugart
Joseph Henry Shugart, 87, of Vero Beach passed away on Monday, December 17, 2012 at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach.
Mr. Shugart was born October 11, 1925 to Earl and Lillian (nee Senger) Shugart in Erie, PA. He had been a resident of Vero Beach since 1992, coming from Erie.
He served in the United States Navy from 1944-1946 during World War II aboard the USS Indiana (BB-58). He received the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal; the American Area Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Joseph was a graduate of Gannon University, where he was captain of the baseball team. Later he played minor league baseball in Hornell, NY.
He was a lifetime member, 20 year board member, and past president of the Erie Maennerchor Club. He was a past board member of the Erie Crippled Children’s Society. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #39 in Vero Beach. He was a volunteer for the Visiting Nurses Association.
Survivors include his son, Joseph C. Shugart (Melanie) of New York City; daughter, Sally Shugart Smith (Roger) of Vero Beach; two grandchildren Lindsey Roth Duncan (Chris) of Marietta, GA and Robert J. Roth of Vero Beach, FL; great grandson, Clayton Joseph Duncan of Marietta, GA.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Nancy B. Shugart, and sister, Jeanne Cooper.
A visitation will be held from 9-11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory in Vero Beach. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Helen Catholic Church at 12 Noon. Burial will be held at South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, FL with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Victory Center at 6200 20th Street, Suite 160, Vero Beach, FL 32966 or to the VNA/Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960.
Arrangements are under the direction of Cox-Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach, Florida.