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Donald H. Fugent

Delmont, Pennsylvania

December 19, 1932 - June 9, 2024

Donald H. Fugent Obituary

Donald “Don” H Fugent, “Foog” to his friends, was born in Pittsburgh in 1932 and died June 6th at the age of 91 at home surrounded by family. After he graduated from Baldwin High School in 1950, he joined the Army. He was in the Armored Tank Division stationed in Fort Knox, Kentucky, Fort Hood and Gary Airforce Base in Texas. While in the Army, he would occasionally fly his old Luscombe back and forth to Pittsburgh offering rides to other soldiers who were willing to chip in for gas. When his sister Susie told her boyfriend Lou that her brother had a plane, Lou thought he was dating someone from a family with money… until he saw the beat up old Luscombe!

In the 10th grade, Don attended St Vincent boarding school in Greensburg, PA. There a priest taught him how to capture rattlesnakes which they stored in an attic in one of the school buildings where the priest would milk them for their venom.

He went to college on the G.I. Bill and graduated from Carnegie Tech in 1959 with an Industrial Design degree. After working at Westinghouse, he opened his own trade show and exhibits business and travelled the world. He also had a restaurant and bar in the Westinghouse building in downtown Pittsburgh called Wet Your Whistle (the name chosen by his mother).

Don built a cottage at Deep Creek Lake in Maryland. He enjoyed many summers sailing with his extended family and beloved daughters Madonna and Valerie.

Don’s passions included racing motorcycles and stock cars. He started racing at 16 and raced in whatever vehicle or bike he could get his hands on and also built his own race car. He raced while in the Army and supported himself while in college with his earnings. Car owners would hire him to drive their cars in races. To the delight of his fans, Don raced in numerous flat track motorcycle events, hill climbs and stock car races in the tri-state area. Racetracks included: Heidelberg Raceway in Heidelberg, PA; Mon-Duke in Export, PA; Canonsburg, PA; Washington, PA; New Kensington, PA; Tampa and Jacksonville in FL; Monterey, CA; Seattle, WA; and Portland, OR. He also raced in Texas, Ohio and West Virginia. Don won the Pennsylvania and Ohio flat track and motocross championships for several years in the late 1950s. In his eighties, after a 40-year break from racing, on the spur of the moment at Columbia Motorsports Park in FL, he jumped into a friend’s stock car and won a regional race. He enjoyed many motorcycle vacations riding the Dragon in Deal’s Gap, NC; Baja, CA; Mexico; and Europe.  

Don’s other passion was flying. He owned several aircraft and in his sixties he built a Kitfox plane in his garage and enjoyed going to airshows around the country with his friends. His planes included Luscombe, Mooney, Silverair, Fokker and Kitfox.

He had a wonderful, creative and adventurous life and rode his motorcycle until he was 90 years old. He said, “If you’re not riding, you’re not living!” Keep on riding, Foog.

Don was preceded in death by his parents Alice Butler Fugent and George Fugent, and his sisters Patty and Georgene. He is survived by his wife of 36 years Autumn Justice, daughter Madonna Fugent and husband Chrystian Angeletta, grandson Sandon, daughter Valerie Fugent Shriver and husband Dan, grandsons Zak and Zane, his first wife Sandy, his sister Ursula “Sue” Lehner and husband Lou, sister Cindy McCoy, several nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law Dawn Justice and Wendy Justice, his good friends Karen Geitner, Darlene Leslie, Roy Harmening, John Maimone, Robyn Carlin, Russ Pfeil and his cat Merry.

The family would like to thank his family physician Dr. Jim Lim, and Medi Home Hospice caregivers Anita, Carol, Tammy, Shaina, Leonard and Pastor Larry for their kindness, loving care and support.  

Respecting the family’s wishes, arrangements will be private.

Vaia Funeral Home Inc., 463 Athena Dr., Delmont, (724-468-1177), has been entrusted with the arrangements.

To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.



To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Donald H. Fugent hosted by Vaia Funeral Home Inc.

Donald “Don” H Fugent, “Foog” to his friends, was born in Pittsburgh in 1932 and died June 6th at the age of 91 at home surrounded by family. After he graduated from Baldwin High School in 1950, he joined the Army. He was in the Armored Tank Division stationed in Fort Knox, Kentucky, Fort Hood and Gary Airforce Base in Texas. While in the Army, he would occasionally fly his old Luscombe back and forth to Pittsburgh offering rides to other soldiers who were willing to chip in for gas. When his sister Susie told her boyfriend Lou that her brother had a plane, Lou thought he was dating someone from a family with money… until he saw the beat up old Luscombe!

In the 10th grade, Don attended St Vincent boarding school in Greensburg, PA. There a priest taught him how to capture rattlesnakes which they stored in an attic in one of the school buildings where the priest would milk them for their venom.

He went to college on the G.I. Bill and graduated from Carnegie Tech in 1959 with an Industrial Design degree. After working at Westinghouse, he opened his own trade show and exhibits business and travelled the world. He also had a restaurant and bar in the Westinghouse building in downtown Pittsburgh called Wet Your Whistle (the name chosen by his mother).

Don built a cottage at Deep Creek Lake in Maryland. He enjoyed many summers sailing with his extended family and beloved daughters Madonna and Valerie.

Don’s passions included racing motorcycles and stock cars. He started racing at 16 and raced in whatever vehicle or bike he could get his hands on and also built his own race car. He raced while in the Army and supported himself while in college with his earnings. Car owners would hire him to drive their cars in races. To the delight of his fans, Don raced in numerous flat track motorcycle events, hill climbs and stock car races in the tri-state area. Racetracks included: Heidelberg Raceway in Heidelberg, PA; Mon-Duke in Export, PA; Canonsburg, PA; Washington, PA; New Kensington, PA; Tampa and Jacksonville in FL; Monterey, CA; Seattle, WA; and Portland, OR. He also raced in Texas, Ohio and West Virginia. Don won the Pennsylvania and Ohio flat track and motocross championships for several years in the late 1950s. In his eighties, after a 40-year break from racing, on the spur of the moment at Columbia Motorsports Park in FL, he jumped into a friend’s stock car and won a regional race. He enjoyed many motorcycle vacations riding the Dragon in Deal’s Gap, NC; Baja, CA; Mexico; and Europe.  

Don’s other passion was flying. He owned several aircraft and in his sixties he built a Kitfox plane in his garage and enjoyed going to airshows around the country with his friends. His planes included Luscombe, Mooney, Silverair, Fokker and Kitfox.

He had a wonderful, creative and adventurous life and rode his motorcycle until he was 90 years old. He said, “If you’re not riding, you’re not living!” Keep on riding, Foog.

Don was preceded in death by his parents Alice Butler Fugent and George Fugent, and his sisters Patty and Georgene. He is survived by his wife of 36 years Autumn Justice, daughter Madonna Fugent and husband Chrystian Angeletta, grandson Sandon, daughter Valerie Fugent Shriver and husband Dan, grandsons Zak and Zane, his first wife Sandy, his sister Ursula “Sue” Lehner and husband Lou, sister Cindy McCoy, several nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law Dawn Justice and Wendy Justice, his good friends Karen Geitner, Darlene Leslie, Roy Harmening, John Maimone, Robyn Carlin, Russ Pfeil and his cat Merry.

The family would like to thank his family physician Dr. Jim Lim, and Medi Home Hospice caregivers Anita, Carol, Tammy, Shaina, Leonard and Pastor Larry for their kindness, loving care and support.  

Respecting the family’s wishes, arrangements will be private.

Vaia Funeral Home Inc., 463 Athena Dr., Delmont, (724-468-1177), has been entrusted with the arrangements.

To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.



To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Donald H. Fugent hosted by Vaia Funeral Home Inc.

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