CONCORD, N.C. – WKA is mourning the loss of Mary Kugler, who passed away Monday after a brief illness. Mary was the widow of former WKA President and Founder George Kugler and stepmother of former WKA President Randy Kugler. Mary and George spent 11 years together before George’s untimely passing in 1994.
Mary was very fond of her karting friends and cherished the memories and friendships she made at the racetrack.
Below is Mary’s obituary. WKA sends its deepest thoughts and prayers to the Kugler family during this time.
Mary Maxine Kugler
(October 6, 1920 - March 25, 2013)
Mary Maxine Kugler, 92, of Dover, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2013 at Community Hospice House in New Philadelphia after a brief illness. Born October 6, 1920 in Dennison, she was a daughter of the late Joseph Daniel and Lila (McFeaters) West.
Mary was a longtime resident of Dennison until she moved to Gnadenhutten in 1983 and later to Dover in 1999. In 1954, Mary wed Robert “Red” Young and enjoyed twenty-eight years of marriage with him until his passing in 1982. She was also preceded in death by her husband, George W. Kugler in 1994, after spending eleven years of marriage with him. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker who had also worked at the Scio Pottery for many years. She was a former member of the Uhrichsville Lady Elks, the Twin City Business and Professional Women,The Twin City Senior Citizens and A.A.R.P.’s Twin City Chapter. Her greatest joy came from the time that she spent with her family, and she truly delighted in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mary will be deeply missed by her surviving family which includes a daughter, Rita (Jim) Dougan of New Philadelphia; a son, Ralph “Gary” Thompson of Uhrichsville; grandchildren, Melissa (companion, Kenny Shuman) Cox, Mary Ann (Aaron) Hall, Gary R. Thompson and Tanya Thompson; great-grandchildren, Christopher and Joshua Cox, Raegan and Xavier Hall, Brooklyen and Dakodah Thompson, and Breana Tompulis; stepchildren, Randy (Lisa) Kugler, Ed (Gloria) Kugler and Pat (Lee) Sherer; stepgrandchildren; Jason (Alisha), Geoffrey and Trevor Kugler, Cortney (Carlos) Vance, Whitney (David) Eliason, Keith Sherer and Kimberly George; a special friend, Pat Wiegand; and numerous nieces and nephews. The last of her family’s generation, Mary was preceded in death by five siblings, Wilma J. Shaw, Neva Moore, and George, Kenneth and Willard Rex West, in addition to her parents and husbands.
Her son-in-law, Pastor Jim Dougan, will officiate her funeral service on Wednesday, March 27, at noon in the R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home in Dennison. Interment will follow in Uhrichsville’s Union Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday and from 11:00 a.m. to noon on Wednesday. Those wishing to honor Mary’s memory are encouraged to do so to Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave. S.W., New Philadelphia, OH 44662.