In Memory of




Obituary for Rev. John R. Gugel


John was born April 23, 1946 to Gerhardt and Adele (nee Gade) Gugel. Adele died April 24, 1946 and he stayed in the hospital for the first three months of his life. His eldest brother, Gerald, died at 16 from a tonsillectomy.

John is survived by brother, Robert Allen (Terry) five children and many grandchildren. Gerhardt married Neola (nee Bareither). John is survived by Susan Ruth Gugel and Michael Paul Gugel (Dodi), his children Sarah Hatch (Hylton) and Lisa (Paul) Osterman.

John was raised in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He went to Bethlehem Lutheran Church and School, behind his home, then Concordia High School; Concordia Junior College, Ft. Wayne, IN, Concordia Senior College, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, earning his Masters of Divinity degree.

John is survived by his wife, Linda L (Wehrenbrecht), having married April 17, 1971, while on his third year of Seminary. They celebrated 53 years of marriage.

John is survived by children: Jeremy Justin, Chippewa Falls, WI, Jackson Isaiah, 18, and Grace Elizabeth, 16; Jessica Michelle, Muskego, WI, Adrian Kwan Williams, 14 and Nathan Andrew, of Las Vegas, NV.

He served as pastor at:
Our Savior Lutheran Church, St. Louis, MO. 1972 - 1979
Messiah/Faith Lutheran Church, Des Moines, IA. 1979 - 1985
Faith Lutheran Church, Marion, Iowa 1985 - 1989
Atonement Lutheran Church, Muskego, WI 1989 - 2000

He enjoyed reading, history, politics, justice issues, bread baking and gardening.

He developed Parkinson’s disease at the age of 44 and had to retire at 50. He then began writing for religious publications, the Muskego Sun Newspaper; and published two books, Faith Confronts Nuclear Power, wipfandstock publishers, and Cries of Faith, Songs of Hope, Stephen Ministries books.

Memorial service to be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Davidson Road, Brookfield, WI on Friday, March 8. Visitation to be held from 1:00 until the time of the service, 3:00, with a fellowship meal to follow.

He will interred at St. John’s Columbarium.

Well done, good and faithful servant.