John "Doc" Bugler

February 12, 1924February 7, 2013

John [Doc] Bugler, 88, passed away, Thursday, February 07, 2013 at his home in Overland Park, Kansas. John was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Frances, of 67 years, his parents, his sisters Margaret Bugler, Helen Hummel, and his brother Thomas Bugler. He graduated from De La Salle High School in 1943 and then entered the Army Air Corps where he served as a B-17 bomber pilot in World War II. John was then commissioned to 1st Lieutenant and was recalled for another 21 months during the Korean War. John managed several successful mutual fund offices in the Kansas City area for over twenty years. He also was a chapter coordinator of Service Corps of Retired Executives for the Small Business Administration. John leaves his family of six children: Phyllis Barnes, husband Royce; Janice Reeves, husband Dennis; Karen Frank, husband Gaylord; Carl Bugler; Chris Bugler, wife Betty; and Grace Marie Ebner, husband Michael, all from the greater Kansas City area. He is survived by his brother Richard [Dick] Bugler. John is also survived by 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Dad was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor, that devoted his life to his wife, family and his Catholic faith. Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Rosary at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 10, at Mt. Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 11, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 11822 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, Missouri, 64131. Entombment in Mt. Moriah Cemetery Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas More Parish. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Sunday, February 10, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Monday, February 11, 2013

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Grace Marie Ebner

February 6, 2014

So dad, it's been one year tomorrow, since you opened your eyes for the last time here on earth, and I urgently said to you, "Dad, you need to go meet your Maker and mom's waiting for you!" Chris was holding your hand, and you wasted no time to take your last breath, because you didn't like to be late and nothing in this world was more important to you than God and your sweet wife, Fran. As you always said, "Don't assume were in heaven, keep praying for us! Know, I'm doing just that Pop, but just gotta believe you are in eternity with mom. Love you both to pieces and miss you ever so much. Grace Marie

Janice Bugler-Reeves

February 4, 2014

It has almost been a year since we saw you here last... You and Mom are missed so much. We love you. Until we meet again. Janice


June 11, 2013

Happy Father's Day Dad.
I'll be missing you this year.


April 10, 2013

I am grateful for the life of Mr. Bugler. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.


March 18, 2013

An old email came up just now of this guest book and brought floods of tears to my eyes. I miss you Dad.

Marlene Cyhel Jones

February 17, 2013

Dear Grace and family -- So sorry to hear of your father's passing. Take comfort in your memories and the caring thoughts of those around you. My prayers are with you.

February 13, 2013

Dear Buglers,
I am thinking of you and your dad with much love and warmth. I know you will miss him very much. There is much poetry in the fact that he and his brother, Tom, are together again. Take care. Sharon Bugler

Christine Kay

February 12, 2013

Dear Grace and Family, I am so very sorry. I did not know your Dad well but I knew him long enough to see the "light" he cast. He and your mom were truly an inspiration and joy to be around. I wish you love and comfort now and always. I know his light will always reflect upon all who love him.

Theresa Hegstrom

February 12, 2013

I'll never forget the day I met him. My grandfather introduced us, and it was like he instantly became my best friend! He was so easy to talk to, and extremely hilarious!!! I'll also never forget the day he visited my grandfather when he was going through a really tough time. It made my grandfather so happy, and he couldn't stop smiling! They were each others' best friend. I am so happy that they are together now, I love them so much.

Mary Jo Hegstrom

February 12, 2013

Uncle Doc, love you, and will miss your fun ways at family get togethers. Hope you and Aunt Fran, Aunt Helen and Uncle Frank, Aunt Mag and Dad are having the best time. Pray for us left here behind, but not long behind. Hope to see you all soon.