SAVOY – Ralph F. Pugh, 96, of Savoy, and a lifetime resident of Mahomet and Champaign, passed away at 1:05 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 8, 2013) at home.
A Celebration of Life with the Rev. Sally Swaim, Ralph's niece, will be from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, in the Savoy Room at Windsor of Savoy, 401 Burwash Ave., Savoy. A reception will follow from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm St., Champaign, is assisting with arrangements.
Ralph was born Nov. 23, 1916, in Mahomet, a son of Charles and Estelle (Burr) Pugh. Surviving are two sons, Frederick C. Pugh of Kingsport, Tenn., and Mark C. Pugh (Sueann) of Raleigh, N.C.
He was preceded in death by a sister; his parents; a brother, Joseph Pugh; and his wife, Madeline (Hatteberg) Pugh.
Following graduation from Mahomet High School in 1934, he worked at the Patton Lumber Yard until he enlisted and served in the Army from 1941 through 1945.
Sgt. Pugh was with Battery B of the 17th field artillery and fought from Gafsa, Tunisia, in March 1943 to Imst, Austria, where the cease-fire order came on May 5, 1945. He was awarded nine bronze battle stars and the Soldier's Medal for Bravery.
He married Madeline Hatteberg on Dec. 31, 1946, in Elliott. She preceded him in death on Sept. 20, 2009.
He was employed by Harlan E. Moore & Co., Champaign, from 1945-1991.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, Ralph requested friends and family make contributions to their individual savings, 401(k) or IRA account.
Condolences may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com .