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Joe Hugo
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Birth: Feb. 6, 1907, Switzerland
Death: Sep. 27, 2006
Silver Bow County
Montana, USA

Joe Hugo, 99, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006, in Butte.

He was born Feb. 6, 1907, in Switzerland, to Freda and Joseph Schufer. Joe, who was 9, along with his brother Fritz, who was 7, migrated to America on their own. Their mother had previously made the pilgrimage to America with Joe's older sister and younger brother. The boys had been living in an orphanage for several years until they received word their mother had sent for them. Joe and his siblings were later adopted by their mother's second husband, Fritz Hugo. Joe was married to his first wife, Audry O'Connor, until her death seven years later. Joe then married Ann Devine in April 1945 in California, where Joe had gained employment as a welder in Bay Area shipyards. When the war ended, Joe and Ann returned to Butte, where he was part owner of the Oasis Bar with longtime friend Tom Doyle, and worked as a body man for Murray Motor Co. In 1950, Joe purchased Perfection Spring and Auto Service. Joe retired from the business and went to work teaching auto body repair and welding at Butte Vo-Tech in 1970. Joe was known as one of the finest auto body repairmen and welders in the area.

Joe was a member of the Georgetown Boat Club for more than 55 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved Georgetown Lake and spent countless hours there recreating with his family. Joe was a member of St. Joseph's Parish for 65 years and was a member of the Machinists Union for 70 years. He enjoyed cards and was a member of the Butte Town Club.

He and Ann had three children, who along with his six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, were the light of his life.

Joe is survived by his daughter, JoAnn Barkell-Spolar; sons, Joe Hugo and companion Gale Randall of Pinedale, Wyo., Karl Hugo and his wife Leslie of Idaho Falls, Idaho; grandchildren, Lisa Barkell-Snyder, Heath Barkell, Fritz Hugo, Micah, Kyle and Chandra Hugo; three great-grandchildren, Whitney and Colt Fisher and Dylan Snyder, his special companion, Faye Duffy "Griz" and friend, Tom Barkell.

Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Ann; and son-in-law, Don Spolar.

Cremation has taken place in Butte. His family will receive friends at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon in St. Joseph's Catholic Church followed by Memorial Funeral Mass at 1:30 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Highlands Hospice or Our Lady of the Rockies.

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Published in The Montana Standard on 9/29/2006.  
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: A Marine's Daughter
Record added: Sep 29, 2006
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Joe Hugo
Added by: A Marine's Daughter
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Happy Heavenly Birthday!
- A Marine's Daughter
 Added: Feb. 6, 2007
May eternal blessings be yours
- A Marine's Daughter
 Added: Sep. 29, 2006

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