Date of Death:  July 4, 2022

Service Details

Visitation will be held Monday, July 11, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold St., Three Rivers. A funeral service will follow at noon at the funeral home with Pastor Steve Miller of New Hope Assembly officiating. He will be laid to rest in Poe’s Cemetery.

Obituary Notice

Wayne Allen Shugars, 84, of Three Rivers, passed away Monday, July 4, 2022 at Bowman Place.

He was born May 16, 1938 in Marcellus, the son of Elton and Jessie (Nesbitt) Shugars.

A very hard worker with a tremendous work ethic, Wayne farmed all his life, and sold seed corn for five different companies over a 45-year span.

He was active in the St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association and the Kalamazoo Valley Antique Engine & Machinery Club and participated in the Mackinac Bridge tractor crossing each September. Along with his son Mike, he enjoyed working on John Deere tractors—restoring nine of them.

Wayne loved family dinners at Das Dutchman Essenhaus, Fox TV, wrestling, and the family cabin in Baldwin. He built his own home at age 70.

Remaining to cherish his memory are his children, Cindy (Mike) Ripke, Mike (Lisa) Shugars and Jeff (Sue) Shugars; significant friend, Marlyn Youngs; grandchildren, Amanda (Phil) Small and Dusty (Amy) Shugars; step-granddaughter, Shelby Curley; and great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Lucas Osborn, Elizabeth Fochs, McKenzie Shugars, Aspynn and Zeil Curley, and Dillon and JoLeigh Small.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Donna Shugars; and brother, Elwin Shugars.

Additional Information

Donations in Wayne’s memory may be directed to the American Diabetes Association or Centrica Care Navigators. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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  1. Dear Shugars family ,
    I’m sending our deep sympathies to you . To Cindy , who. I knew in high school all those years ago . And to the rest of the family . Randy enjoyed knowing another John Deere enthusiast who loved green and yellow as much as he did .
    He always spoke highly of him . Please know we’re thinking of all of you at such a difficult time .
    May God bless you all . 🌹 . .
    Randy and Sharon (Butz) Jacobs

  2. We lost a wonderful and fun loving man, I loved going for long rides looking at every corn and bean field. He had me lost most of the time. Enjoyed crossing the bridge on a tractor, and the the tractor rides with the tractor club. Enjoyed the many trips we took together. I miss you very much! Love Marlyn💕

  3. Mike,Jeff and Cindy. I am so sorry about Wayne’s passing. He and mom were so happy and he took her places ahe had never been and done things she never would have otherwise. For that myself and our family are very grateful. We will miss his joker ways and appreciate uour sharing him with our family .

  4. I’m sorry for your loss. We were all part of a fun loving, crazy group that loved buggy-ing, eating and playing jokes on each other. Donna and Wayne added alot to our group. May they rest in peace!! Keeping all of you in my prayers.

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