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March 30, 2020

3/23/2020 9:50:00 AM
William Anthony Fugate

William Anthony Fugate, Sr. 66, of Palestine, IL, died March 19, 2020, at his home in Palestine. He was born September 1, 1953, in Madisonville, KY, the son of William B. "Red" and Lois W. (Gamblin) Fugate, both of whom preceded him in death. He married Peggy Darlene Cooley on May 8, 1971, and she preceded him in death on July 19, 2005. He was also preceded in death by his granddaughter, Abigail Miller and by his nephew, Marvin Clanton.

He married Melodie Moisan on September 15, 2009, and she survives. He is also survived by his children, William A. (Katie) Fugate, Jr., Jason (Tina) Fugate, and Jennifer M. Fugate; by his step-children, Felicia (Billy) Caudill, Angela (Kevin) Rose, Johnathan (Rachel) Grimes, and Tara Grimes; eight grandchildren, by 11 step-grandchildren; by five step-great-grandchildren; by his sister, Deborah S. Clanton; by three brothers and by several nieces and nephews.

Bill grew up in Michigan City and was a graduate of Elston High School. He served his country as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Bill worked with Davey Tree Service in La Porte, IN and Fountainview Terrace LivingCenter in La Porte. In 2005, Bill started up his own business, Bill's Home Repair, and then Norfolk Healthcare, before retiring in 2014.

It was Bill's wish to be cremated, with a burial to take place in Union Mills Cemetery (Union Mills, IN) at a later date. The Goodwine Funeral Home in Palestine is in charge of local arrangements. For more information, or to share a memory or condolence online, please visit

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