Patrick P. Pugh, 66Patrick Paul Pugh, age 66, Orono, Minn., born Dec. 20, 1946, St. Paul, Minn., died Feb. 14, 2013, Grand Turk Island, doing what he loved, scuba diving.
Patrick Paul Pugh, age 66, Orono, Minn., born Dec. 20, 1946, St. Paul, Minn., died Feb. 14, 2013, Grand Turk Island, doing what he loved, scuba diving.
Raised in Hastings, Minn., by parents Patricia (Miller) Pugh and Dr. Paul Pugh (both deceased.)
Survived by his best friend and loving wife, Karen (together almost 25 years); children: Michelle Pugh; Dawn (husband Matt, children Taylor and Katy) Emry, along with Ranger (golden retriever); Brett and his sons, Christian and Kellen Hagelee, along with River (golden lab); and Pat's very special puppy Sami! Also survived by brothers, Dan and Mike (Diane); sister, Mary (Chuck) Caturia and their children; Karen's siblings, Kathy (Dean) Taylor, Bruce (Karen) Ogle, and Kurt (Cindy) Ogle and their children; Pat's best friend and soul mate, Bill Knapp!; many other family members and friends.
Pat attended U of MN for 3 years before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in May of 1969-1973. He served in Vietnam waters on the air craft carrier USS Ranger as well as being stationed in Subic Bay, the Philippines. Pat attained the national defense service medal and Vietnam service medal. Pat completed his education with a master's degree in business from St. Thomas University. His work career included Cenex, American Cyanamid, Interstate Seed/Payco, and lastly Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs as the regional director for Russia. Pat and Karen spent 4 years living in Moscow, and it was definitely the highlight of his career.
Karen and Pat loved to travel and were fortunate to visit many foreign countries. Pat was a scuba diver for most of his life, taking it up when he was in the Philippines. He became a certified diver in 2006, and they have enjoyed many trips with friends and family every year since.
Services will be held at The Marsh, 15000 Mtka. Blvd., Minnetonka, Minn., at 5 p.m. Friday, March 1. Fellowship - visiting with family and friends to follow from 6-8 p.m. Interment at Fort Snelling at a later date. Memorial preferred to the family.
Rettinger Funeral Home, Long Lake~Orono, 952-473-6954.
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