John M. Eugley

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John M. Eugley, born on December 26, 1959, gained his wings to fly forever while backpacking along the Chicago Basin in Colorado, on July 27, 2019. Born in Augusta, ME, he moved to Norman, OK at the age of 15. He was known for his positive attitude, friendly spirit, and his body-breaking bear hugs. He worked the last, almost, 36 years at Griffin Memorial Hospital. He enjoyed his work and was always ready for his next adventure. He was an avid bike rider and hiker. He cherished packing his car to the brim and going to see family and friends. His love and hugs will be missed dearly, but his memory lives on for eternity.
He is survived by his companion, Elizabeth Joye of Norman; his daughter, Lindsay Eugley of Moore, her fiancé, Jared Lemmon, and grand-daughter, Amelia; his son, Freeman Eugley of Norman; his step-son Terry Capshaw; his sisters: Patricia Sevigny of Augusta, ME; Priscilla and Jon Thorpe of Las Vegas, NV; June and Francis Carr of Monmouth, ME; Jane Dumas of Madison, ME; Jill Eugley of Whitefield, ME; as well as a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends from all over the country. He is preceded in death by: his mother, Mary Eugley; his father, Freeman Eugley; Step-mother, Roberta Eugley; sister, Pauline Dumas, and brother, Jerry Eugley.
Join us for a story-telling memorial on August, 17, 2019, from 12-3 at Truth Church, 1201 W. Boyd St., Norman. Then from 6-11, a celebration of his life @ TOLY Park, 223 W. Main St., Norman.
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Published on August 14, 2019
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Ann-Marie Stephens
Aug 21, 2019
I wish I could have made it to the memorial. I will forever remember Uncle John for his amazing hugs.
Peggy Matlock
Aug 20, 2019
So sorry I never met John, but knowing his sisters, especially Priscilla, I know he was special. My condolences to all his family from me and my dad, Bill Matlock.
Jane A Dumas
Aug 18, 2019
My secret name of my first pet, is a joke between John and myself. Each time I use it I will remember us laughing. I love you and miss you but you have reminded me to get back living a better life. The youngest isn't supposed go, but I know you lived life to the fullest, I love you John.
Josh Sieber
Aug 16, 2019
John had a BIG Personality that made friends for life. Through his actions he taught us all how to be better people. His loss hurt everyone who knew him. Be proud knowing that many people loved your father because he was a good person. My condolences to each of you on losing a great Dad, Grandpa, and most of all your dear friend. I know that he will always be smiling next to you in Silent Lucidity. Rest in Peace John..
Dave and Daylene Hill
Aug 16, 2019
I first met John at a race at Roman Nose about 16,17 or 18 years ago. He was
there with his next door neighbor John Milus (who also became a good
friend). I noticed John's bike was a Gary Fisher with an odd hyd. brake
system with pads not discs. Really weird. Soon after I ran in to him and his
son and daughter at Tbird. Lindsay was maybe 12 and Freeman was 9 or 10. I
thought that was so cool that his kids were serious Mt. bikers. We agreed to
start training together. I was now part of Team Eugley.

We all went down to The 12 miles of Hell race that year. At that time it was
one of the hardest races in the state. Freeman was racing against kids much
older than him. 14-16? He got first plac
...e and the trophy (made out of a big
rock) was so big and heavy poor Freeman couldn't carry it. His Dad had to. I
think Lindsay won a trophy that year also. This kids were BAD mt. bikers!

After a while Lindsay had better things to do and rode with us less and
less. Teenagers are like that.

Team Eugley met up at Tbird 2 or three times a week. We were serious and
trained hard. John and I got single speeds about that time. We would race
for geared bike and SS overall times. Freeman was into wrestling then so he
had his grandmother make a "champion" belt that we would race for. Then my
wife ordered a wrestling belt online and we had one for geared bike and one
for SS. We trained hard. We were serious!.

They both won their classes at the TTD about that time.

Then when Freeman turned about 16 he found better things to do than bike so
it was John and I left on team Eugley.

A few years later John said he wanted to slow down and " smell the roses".
He still rode but didn't race.

So now the only guy not named Eugley is the only guy left on Team Eugley.

A couple of years go by and John gets the "itch" again to race.

He gets Freeman excited about racing again and Team Eugley.is back.

In 2014 they both won their classes in the TTD.

In 2015 Freeman did the triplethreat at HHH. This is a mt bike race on
Friday, 100 mile ride Sat. and a half marathon run on Sunday.

In 2016 John and Freeman both did the triplethreat. It was tough but they
both finished.

A few weeks later we are riding and John is complaining of stomach pains. I
thought it might be an ulcer or something. It would come and go.

About 5 days before Christmas He is feeling really bad and come to find out
he has a blocked artery. They put in a stint and he says he feels great.

Now this is a guy who eats fairly right, works out and cholest. is perfect.

Six weeks after the stint was put in we went snow shoeing in Colorado for 5
straight days. He felt great and we had a blast.

On the bike he was as fast as ever.

We had done many HHH together both 100 mile and 100KM . in 2017 we both had
cabins at Jellystone park. Richie Bean was staying with John and we had a
few beers Thursday night. After a few more beers we asked Ritchie about his
tatoos. He told us each tat had a story. The stories were
great but I don't remember a single one.

In the past we would always start with the hopefulls and it would take 6-7
minutes or longer to finally get going. This year we started up front with
Team Phoenix and when the cannon went off boom we hit the gas. Team Phoenix
was flying! This was intense stuff. We stayed on the back of the paceline
for about 7 miles until we fell off. We both agreed this was the way to go.
Start at the front with the big boys from Team Phoenix.

After that he rode less and less.

Than in Feb 2019 We went back to Colorado to snow shoe with his friend Tall
Paul. It was great. 5 days worth

He was already talking about the Summer Hike that he, Freeman and Paul had
coming up in 5-6 months.

Those last couple of months he was talking about getting back on the bike.
He even took his road bike in for service.

He was starting to get the itch again!!!
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Sydney Liston
Aug 16, 2019
I know you will be missed by many. You always had a hug,for me. Sending hugs and love to Lindsay, Freeman and Amelia.
cathy munday
Aug 16, 2019
my condolences , John was an awesome person , he will be missed by all that knew him
Martz Galura
Aug 15, 2019
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Martz Galura
Aug 15, 2019
My dear friend John... A good man with a soulful taste for music. A man of integrity who always put others first, without hesitation. John was very passionate for the outdoors and any type of sport, he thrived on competition and always brought the best out of people. He loved our SOONERS and was always a true brother to me...You will always be missed but never forgotten, for the memories made, we treasure in our hearts... Much love--
Jill, Tina, Freeman and Lindsey.... my heart goes out to you and all the family. May God bring you peace and comfort at this tragic time. God be with you always...
Willie keywood
Aug 15, 2019
Aliceann Stawicki
Aug 15, 2019
I will forever miss his beautiful smile and great hugs. This man has been an inspiration to everyone that knew him. His family were truly Blessed to have shared in his life and all of us that knew him. Love you all if I can help just let me know.
Diana Morrow and Family
Aug 15, 2019
Take comfort knowing that he was doing something he love doing when God called his home. He will be sorely missed by all. But we will all remember him fondly. I love you, and if there is any thing I can ever do, all you gotta do is call me.
Vickie Herring
Aug 14, 2019
My prayers are with the family ! I always enjoyed talking to John He was a great guy! Freeman Eugley you are so much like your dad! I’m sure he is Very proud of you!
Bruce English
Aug 14, 2019
Sorry for your loss. Enjoyed riding alongside John. He was a great dude!
Sheila Milus
Aug 14, 2019
My John's always ready for the Game.
Sheila Milus
Aug 14, 2019
My John's always ready for the game.
Marjorie
Aug 14, 2019
May your spirit soar forever 💜
Marjorie
Aug 14, 2019
I’m drowning in tears💔. John was a gift to us all that knew him. I’m so sorry for your loss, which is truly a big one. My heart and prayers go out to everyone who is hurting. I’m sending you all a huge hug, just like John’s hugs!! Love you all!!!!!!
Marjorie
Rita Allen
Aug 14, 2019
John was alway positive, always . . . always!

I'll try to be more positive in his honor from this point forward.

Prayers to the family!
Gail Austin Skelton
Aug 14, 2019
My most sincere condolences to Athens Eugley family! Godspeed John!