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Ivan W. "Ike" Gugeler (1920 - 2010)


Posted By: Pamela Wagler (email)
Date: 1/11/2018 at 16:33:01

The HawkEye
Burlington, Iowa
March 23, 2010

Ivan W. “Ike” Gugeler

Ivan W. “Ike” Gugeler, 90, of Burlington, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at his home.

Born January 11, 1920, in Burlington, he was the son of Oscar and Fern Gehring Gugeler. On May 8, 1946, he married Dode Grant in Burlington.

Mr. Gugeler was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran and also served in the reserves where he achieved the rank of captain.

He was a lifetime farmer, and was quite proud of his “straight rows.” He was a member of Spring Grove United Methodist and Grace United Methodist Churches.

Mr. Gugeler’s passion was flying. At an early age he built airplanes. He was a decorated pilot of World War II and was shot down in Italy and presumed dead until he rejoined his flight squadron three weeks later. He built and flew his own airplane that is still in the family today. He also loved motorcycles, attended 34 Raceways to cheer on his son-in-law and grandsons, and loved being with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and attending their sports activities. He was a Hawkeye fan and a Cardinal fan to the dismay of Dode who is a Cub fan. He didn’t know a stranger.

Survivors include his wife, Dode Gugeler of Burlington; four daughters, Connie (Jerry) Johnson, Jan (Roger) Krieger and Nancy (Rob deSalme) Casady, all of Burlington, and Judy (Terry) Houseal of Danville; one son-in-law, Jim Casady of Burlington; 12 grandchildren, Kim (Jeff) Mabeus, Ron (Pam) Johnson, Andy (Cathy) Krieger, Adam Krieger, Matt Krieger, Brent Casady, Nicole (Bryan) Bliven and Jason Houseal, eight great-grandchildren, Dylan and Dalton Mabeus, Brenna and Jesse Johnson, Brock and Noah Krieger, Brooke and Jacob Bliven; two brothers, Donald Gugeler (Toni) and Ralph (Marge) Gugeler both of Burlington; and several nieces and nephews.

His son, Wayne Gugeler; parents, Oscar and Fern Gugeler; and brother, Howard (Eileen) Gugeler, preceded him in death.


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