John Edward McHugh

John Edward McHugh of Olympia, Washington, died on Sunday, June 9, 2013, surrounded by his family and loved ones. John was born in Tacoma on August 5, 1928, to Margaret and John McHugh, and was raised in Enumclaw, Wash.

After graduation, John served on a MASH unit in the Korean War as a Physician’s Assistant. Upon his return from Korea, John married Carmen Joan Wiskirken and last month the two celebrated 62 years of marriage.

John is survived by his wife, Carmen; his sister, Barbara Jussila; his five children, Kevin (Dawn) McHugh, Greg (Judy) McHugh, Molly Rowe, Kerry McHugh-Upton (Steve), and Tricia McHugh; along with 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

In 1958, John went to work for Ken Schoenfield Furniture in Auburn, Wash., where he was fortunate enough to partner with Schoenfield. Soon, the two opened several furniture stores throughout the Greater Pacific Northwest. His lifelong career in the furniture business lasted 53 years where he developed enduring friendships, served on several furniture advisory boards, and was a key member of the Northwest Furniture Association.

Beyond his work, John will be remembered as an active member of St. Michael’s Parish in Olympia, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, a one-time President and active member of Rotary Club International, and a troop leader for Boy Scouts of America. He also served on several economic panels, looking for ways to help his community flourish. More than anything, he will be remembered as a faithful husband, a loving father, and a gracious friend.

John is preceded in death by his parents, John and Margaret; as well as three of his siblings, Jim, Joe, and Margaret.

Please join us in celebrating John’s life at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 14, 2013, St. Michael’s Parish in Olympia, Wash. Memories or condolences may be left at