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Lynn Mugge

January 27, 1941 — October 18, 2017

Funeral Service for Lynn Henry Mugge, 76, of Hoyt Lakes will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 25th at the First Baptist Church in Aurora with Pastor Tim Lambert officiating. A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 24th at the Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Aurora and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Hoyt Lakes Memorial Cemetery. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Lynn died Wednesday, October 18, 2017 surrounded by his family at his home. He was born January 27, 1941 to Lloyd and Clara (Mews) Mugge in Spencer, IA. He grew up in Sanborn, MN until his family moved to Hoyt Lakes Lynn’s sophomore year of high school. Lynn graduated from Aurora High School in 1959. Lynn married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Johnson, on July 22, 1961. The couple made their home in Hoyt Lakes where Lynn was employed at Erie Mining Company as a welder. During his employment with Erie Mining Company he went from being a welder to working as a millwright. He retired from LTV Steel as Head of Fire, Safety and Security after 40+ years when the company closed in 2001. Towards the end of his career at LTV, Lynn also took a job with Global Risk Corporation where he was employed as an inspector of fire systems. Dorothy was his navigation system as they traveled to different states to perform his inspection duties. Lynn and Dorothy also owned and operated G&L V-Store in the shopping center in Hoyt Lakes for a number of years. Lynn’s passion was serving his community. He was a member of the Hoyt Lakes Recreation Board, and various other boards and committees throughout his life. Lynn served on the hospital board for 40 years. While serving on the hospital board Lynn supported the addition of the hospital and was also on the board when the decision was made to build the new clinic. Lynn also enjoyed being a firefighter and EMT with the Hoyt Lakes Fire Department. He participated in the first ever EMT class for the department. He touched many lives during his 38 years of service. He not only touched the lives of the patients he served, but also the people he worked side-by-side with on the department; including the doctors and nurses at the hospital. His family still hears from previous patients who remember the care he gave them and how much he touched their lives, and hears from the people he worked with over the years. Lynn served as Fire Chief for 15 years and Ambulance Director for 19 of his 38 years. One of his proudest moments as Fire Chief was when the Hoyt Lakes Fire Department was awarded the #1 Volunteer Fire Department in the State of Minnesota. On two occasions, Lynn attended the National Fire Academy in Emmetsburg, Maryland. He was also presented an award from The Congressional Fire Services Institute by Congressman Oberstar recognizing his 38 years of dedicated service to the Hoyt Lakes Fire Department and Ambulance Service. Lynn spoke highly of his time on the department. In his younger years, Lynn participated in many different sports and activities. He was an avid league bowler. His bowling team won the State Championship in 1972. He also enjoyed playing fast pitch softball with his brothers. Lynn was an avid deer hunter and this is something he enjoyed doing with his brother, Al. Lynn’s greatest joy was being a grandpa. Granddaughter Elise said her first sentence while Grandpa held her in his arms. Lynn enjoyed spending time with her and enjoyed watching her grow up into the beautiful woman she is today. Lynn was fortunate to have 3 granddaughters that live in Hoyt Lakes. This provided him with many opportunities to watch them participate in sporting events over the years. He especially enjoyed watching the girls play hockey and would always ask when the next game was. During warm-ups the girls would always look in the stands to find where their grandpa was sitting. Brenna, Kada and Rhys will especially miss him in the stands, but know he will be watching every single game from Heaven. Lynn loved watching his grandkids play sports. He made a trip to Duluth and watched his grandchild, Seth compete in a soccer tournament. He enjoyed spending time with Seth and Travis teaching them how to fish or bringing them on four-wheeler rides. He always made it a priority to being at each of their birthday celebrations or at family barbeques. Lauren and Eric remember their Grandpa being a funny, caring, loving person. He always made them laugh with his dry sense of humor. They always remember him taking them on four-wheeler rides, walks to the "candy" store, telling them that he's going to "clean our clock", his love for sweets and hiding them from my Grandma. Survivors include his wife of 56 years: Dorothy; four children: Scott (Katherine) Mugge of St. Cloud, Debbi (Mark) Ruotsalainen of Big Lake, Theresa (John) Niemi of Sauk Rapids, and Kristi (Brian) Ceglar of Hoyt Lakes; eight grandchildren: Elise Mugge, Seth and Travis Ruotsalainen, Lauren (Jacob) Kaduk, Eric Niemi, Brenna, Kada, and Rhys Ceglar; a brother: Alan (Linda) Mugge of Chisholm and his beloved and faithful companion, Hali. The family would also like to acknowledge the help and companionship of Lynn’s nephew Todd and Niece Andi and acknowledge all of the help and support from their wonderful friends, Phyllis and Darald Bogart and Rosemary and Dewey Maki. Lynn was preceded in death by his brother Jimmy, his brother Gale, a sister-in-law Judy, a niece Trina;and his parents.
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