Franklin P. "Pete" Dugan

September 3, 1917May 3, 2013
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Franklin P. "Pete" Dugan, 95, of Memphis, died May 3, 2013. He was the former owner of American Air Products and a longtime member of Merton Avenue Baptist Church and a current member of Family Tabernacle Church of God. A graduate of Tech High in 1937 and a WWII Navy veteran. After discharge from the Navy he gave his time willingly to many great causes. He was a volunteer with the VA Hospital from 1946-1996, a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America. Pete's company, American Air Products, adopted Hollywood Elementary School for approximately 12 years. He donated generously to his church, VFW, Odd Fellows, various community projects and continued support to the Boy Scouts of America. Pete was 10th District Commander for the VFW and served as Judge Adovocate for VFW Post 4916. He was a trustee on the board of directors for Porter Leath Orphanage, past Grand Master for the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows and a sixty year member of the Masonic Order. In 2004 he was awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service. His most recent passion started in 2001 when he began developing Veterans Plaza Memorial in Overton Park to honor each soldier in Shelby County who made the ultimate sacrifice from WWI thru Afghanistan. His love of country fed his zeal to finish this project. This memorial will forever live to educate and remember that our freedom is and was not free. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janie V. Dugan and his son, Dennis Dugan. He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Viki Dugan and grandchildren, Sean Dugan, Casey Dugan (Tracy) and Shannon Eavenson (Shawn) and great-grandchildren, Carter Eavenson and Presley Cate Dugan and his companion, Sue Weaver, his brother-in-law, Moe Rodgers. The family will receive friends Monday, May 6, beginning at 10 a.m. until the service at 12 p.m., all at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Poplar Avenue. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Wounded Warrier Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or to the charity of the donor's choice . Online condolences may be expressed by visiting Memphis Funeral Home And Memorial Gardens 5599 Poplar Ave. (901)725-0100


  • Visitation Monday, May 6, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, May 6, 2013

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Sean Dugan

May 9, 2013

Rest in Heaven Paw! I will eternally be proud to be your grandson. See you again one day!

For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud

May 7, 2013

The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Franklin P. (Pete) Dugan our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Pete. And to Pete it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during WW-II while serving in the U.S. Navy. Pete, you had a distinguished military career. You are a true patriot, who served with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,261 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and the 233 veterans of VFW Post 2238 in Shreveport, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Pete's family and loved ones.

Stephen J. Lavery, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

John Adams, Commander, VFW Post 2238
1245 Gary Street, Shreveport, LA 71101

Sandra Hall Manning

May 7, 2013

What a great man Brother Pete was. All though our paths crossed in orther groups, I remember him most from the Odd Fellows. Prayers to his family and friends. Sandra Hall Manning, Past Noble Grand Ruth #1 Rebekah Lodge

Barbara Rogers, Past President R.A. TN

May 7, 2013

One can not think of Brother Pete without smiling. He brought joy to so many of his Odd Fellow brothers and sisters. His spunk was (and continues to be) an inspiration to all of us.

Elaine Craven

May 7, 2013

You were a wonderful daughter-in-law to Dennis' father--you and your family will be blessed for your devotion. He was a remarkable man. Elaine and family

Nadolyn Dunigan

May 6, 2013

Viki, Please accept our condolences on the transition of your loved one. I pray the memories of Mr. Dugan will overshadow the sorrow and loss your family now feels. Be assured, there has been a reunion with his wife and Dennis in the great cloud of witnesses.
God bless you, Nadolyn and David Dunigan (former neighbors)

Judy Holt Day

May 5, 2013

Pete and Janie were my dad and mother's (Howard and Geraldine Holt) best friends many years ago. It made my heart sad to read about his death. I have followed him through news articles and appreciated his passion for our country and the VFW. It's a sad day here on earth but what a reunion it is in heaven with Janie and Dennis.

May 5, 2013

Brother Pete was a good Odd Fellow and a good friend. I will miss seeing him at the Odd Fellows meetings. Bob Pritchett, PGM

Shirley Holt Brassfield

May 5, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. My mother and dad (Howard and Geraldine Holt) were best friends with Janie and Pete many years ago when they lived on Tutwiler. I pray that God will bless you and comfort you during this time. My prayers are with you.