Richard (Dick) Paul Dugger
||Richard "Dick" Paul Dugger Jan. 3, 1931- Sept. 7, 2016 |
CULVER - Richard (Dick) Paul Dugger, 85, formerly of South Bend, and Culver, IN, passed away peacefully
while living at The Hearth at Juday Creek, Granger, IN, on September 7, 2016.
He was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa on January 23, 1931 to Gerald and Helma (Bowen) Dugger.
On August 24, 1952, he married his high school sweetheart,
She survives, along with daughters, Sharon (John) Pillow, Elkhart, IN, with children, Michael (Erica), Flagstaff,
AZ, and Sara (Jon) Bowen, Elkhart; and Corinne (Steve) Stogdill, Granger, IN, with children, Jessica (Adam)
Weaver, Mishawaka, IN, James, Elkhart, and Eli, Bloomington, IN; son Gregory (Kay) with children, Jacob and
Abigail, Fishers, IN; sister, Marilyn (Larry) Hoffer, Freeport, IL; and brother, Robert (Janice) Dugger, Manson,
Survivors also include five great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Nora Pillow, Amelia Bowen, and Pearl and Lincoln Weaver.
Dick spent his childhood in Delta, IA before moving to Boone, IA during his high school years.
He enlisted in the National Guard while in high school, serving during his final two years of high school and throughout
college. After graduating from Boone High School in 1949, he attended Iowa State University, graduating in 1953
with a degree in Statistics.
Dick's first job after college was with Bendix Aviation in South Bend, IN. From there, he worked for South Bend Tackle
in Spencer, IA, and South Bend, then Welcraft Easy Heat, Lakeville, IN.
He started his own company, Ristance Corp., a manufacturing operation, assembling electrical wire harnesses, in Wakarusa,
IN in 1964. It later moved to Bremen, IN and grew to four companies, including Abcom Corp., a wire extrusion business,
in Mishawaka, IN.
After chaperoning a youth mission trip to Haiti in the 1970s, Dick said, "God stepped in." He sold his company in 1982 and
retired to become involved with mission work in the agriculture of developing countries, specifically addressing poverty and
Dick was the founder of the agriculture outreach ECHO, in North Fort Myers, FL. It is a nonprofit, interdenominational Christian
organization dedicated to reducing world hunger through innovative ideas, seeds, and agricultural training. Tropical plants,
agricultural techniques, animals, and appropriate technologies all combine in ECHO's Global Village to illustrate farming in
different parts of the world. Dick strongly believed that gathering people with like minds is the best way to solve problems,
so ECHO networks with community leaders and missionaries in developing countries to provide agricultural solutions for families
growing food under difficult conditions.
Dick has also worked closely with Africa University in Zimbabwe in researching the sustainability of Moringa and grain Amaranth,
as well as promoting their nutritional benefits for many HIV/AIDS sufferers and malnourished children.
Dick and Jo loved traveling and seeing the world, whether on bicycle, through Elder Hostel, or with mission work.
Dick made beautiful stained glass windows and enjoyed working with wood.
He also enjoyed being actively involved with students and staff of Culver Academies.
He loved the fun and fellowship of his family, and appreciated the times everyone gathered at their Lake Maxinkuckee home in Culver.
Dick truly believed that a partnership with the living Lord was the key to fulfillment in life. The Lord makes an investment in a person.
In return, one must make an investment in the Kingdom of God as a testimony of personal belief.
Visitation and a Celebration of Life service will be held on November 4 at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 511 School St, Culver.
Burial in the Culver Masonic Cemetery will be private.
Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Culver Girls and Boys Club, or ECHO - Pilot News on Sept. 9, 2016