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Stugis, Jr. , Joseph Frank -

Joseph Frank Stugis, Jr.

Chicago - Funeral services for Mr. Joseph Frank Stugis, Jr., age 71 of Manchester, will be conducted on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Jeff Collet officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Saturday prior to the service from 9:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. Mr. Stugis passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at his home.

Joe was born on December 19, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Joseph Frank Stugis, Sr. and Claire Victoria Wcislo Stugis. He loved his country and was a United States Army Veteran. Mr. Stugis enjoyed vegetable gardening, fishing, cooking and grilling. He was an avid animal lover, but above all else he was an outstanding husband, father, Poppy and great-grandfather.

Survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Rita Ball Stugis; children, Sally Stugis Cordes (Terry), Danielle Barth, Sandra Parus (Scott), Joseph Stugis III. (Heather); grandchildren, Jaclyn (Chris), Crystal (Richard), Tyler, Montana, Samantha, Austin, Marissa, Grace, Joseph Stugis IV “Joe Dog”; great-grandchildren, Hayden and Rowan.

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Judy Benbow says:

Joe was such an outgoing and caring person. I will never forget the way that he pulled my husband and myself into his family for Nascar days. We felt like part of the family due to his way of making everyone feel like part of the group. We loved his jokes, his cooking, and the happiness that he spread those days. Our world lost a great guy and he will be truly missed by many.

Denise (Hoyne) Bunting says:

Throughout one's life, we may be fortunate enough to meet a few special people that have an extraordinary and lasting impact on us along the way. Probably without ever knowing it, Joe was one of those special people to me and out of respect for his memory and his family, I'd like to share my story.

I met Joe and his sweet wife Sally in Pebble Creek when I was just one of the scrappy "kids in the hood". To us, they were among the "coolest" adults in the neighborhood. When I was old enough to start working, Joe hired me as a bagger at Dominick's in Tinley Park.

Friends of mine worked for Dominick's at other stores but Tinley Park was the place to be back then and on one specific day, that's forever in my memory, I understood the reason why...It was because of Joe!

That otherwise ordinary day, I came to work early to request time off for prom. Rather than making a big deal out of it, Joe simply arranged the schedule to accommodate my request. I was appreciative and happily punched in and went to work. Later that day, the store became unusually busy and out of the corner of my eye I saw Joe, the store Manager, feverishly bagging groceries to help us catch up with the flow.

At that moment a lightbulb went off in my head and I knew what a TRUE LEADER looked like and understood why every employee at Tinley Park worked so hard and loved their jobs!

I always knew I would be a business owner one day and at that moment I vowed that I would model my management style after Joe's because I, like everyone else, respected him so much!

Well, I did become a business owner and like I promised myself that day, always did my best to be the kind of manager for my employees that Joe was for me. Hopefully I brought honor to his legacy in that respect.

Joe Stugis...thank you for teaching me such a valuable life lesson and may you rest in peace.

Judy harskey says:

Joe was a great guy. I was blessed to have him as a manager with his days at 7-11. He was a great guy. He honestly was a great friend!! Many many condolences to His loving wife Rita and his kids & grandchildren!! He will definitely be missed. My god I so wished I would of called him back in April to get together with him & Rita!! So sad

Judy harskey says:

Joe was a great guy. I was blessed to have him as a manager with his days at 7-11. He was a great guy. He honestly was a great friend!! Many many condolences to His loving wife Rita and his kids & grandchildren!! He will definitely be missed. My god I so wished I would of called him back in April to get together with him & Rita!! So sad

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