Luther L. Pugh

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Luther Lorain Pugh, age 89, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023. in his home surrounded by his family.


He was born Nov. 4, 1933, to Lorain Aldon Quinn and Lucille May (Stocks) Pugh.  Luther spent most of his childhood growing up on a farm between Littleport and Mederville, and graduated from Littleport High School.


Luther met the love of his life Marilyn West at the Mederville Dance Hall, deeply falling in love and later marrying on Nov. 24, 1954. During this union three children were born. Over the years, Luther and Marilyn enjoyed traveling to the various western states and fishing on the Mississippi River. Yellowstone National Park and Devil’s Tower were two of their favorite travel visits. Luther was a jack of all trades and worked 29 years as the maintenance engineer for the Starmont School District before retirement.


Luther was a quiet, gentle man, a caring and loving husband and a father who enjoyed helping his children and grandchildren in any way he could. He was well known for possessing various talents that he was eager to share. He will be greatly missed by his family for his humor and stories of the “good old days.”


Survivors include his wife Marilyn of 68 years; children, Joddy (Kenny) Roys of Elkader, Janeane (Randy) Vorwald of Elgin, and Victor (Lori) Pugh of Earlville; two sisters, Linda Smock of East Dubuque, Ill., and Loretta Waterman of Elkader; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. He was predeceased in death by his parents, four brothers-in-law and three sisters-in-law.


A private family graveside service was held on Tuesday, Sept. 5. The family requests all memorials go to Hope Lutheran Church, Littleport.


The family would also like to thank the staff of Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospice of West Union for their compassionate care.


Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elgin, is helping the family with the arrangements.

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