James K. “Jim” Pogue

October 20, 2023

James K. “Jim” Pogue, of Frankfort, died October 20, 2023 at Mulberry Health.  He was born November 16, 1928 in Clinton County to Marvin E. & Audra M. (Kelley) Pogue.  He married Patricia Joan Miller on January 28, 1951 at St. Luke Evangelical Church in Frankfort and she preceded him in death on April 30, 2022.

Jim was a 1947 graduate of Frankfort High School and a 1951 graduate of Purdue University.  He proudly served in the U.S. Army in counter Intelligence Corp from 1951-1953.  He worked at the National Cigar Company in 1953 and served as president from 1988 until his retirement in May of 2016, at the age of 87.  He was a former member of the First Christian Church where he served as deacon for over 50 years.  Jim’s memberships include: the Antioch Church, Lebanon Elks Lodge, Frankfort Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, American Legion, past president of Frankfort Optimist Club, Frankfort Country Club and Purdue Club of Clinton County.  He was a life member and past director of the Purdue Alumni Association and a member of the John Purdue Club.  Jim coached Little League from 1954-1967, was an avid golfer and diehard Purdue fan.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, October 26th at the funeral home. Entombment will be in the Clinton County Mausoleum at Green Lawn Cemetery, Frankfort. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Antioch Building Fund, 4625 S St. Rd. 39, Frankfort, IN 46041.

Survived by:

Daughter: Denise (Kenneth) Wolf of Frankfort, Son: Jeffrey K. (Carla) Pogue of Portland, Sister-in-law: Margaret Miller of Frankfort, 6 Grandchildren: Nicholas (Brandi) Wolf of Zionsville, Douglas (Laura) Wolf of Indianapolis, Angela (Brandon) Cottrell of Frankfort, Michael (Chrissy) Pogue of Fishers, Susan (Ben) Peters of Indianapolis, Christopher (Nicole) Dull of Celina, OH, 16 Great Grandchildren, 3 Great Great Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews

Preceded by:

his parents, sister, Mary Jane Greene, brothers-in-law, Bill, Jack, and Phil Miller, Orval Greene, and William Campbell, sisters-in-law, Beth Campbell and Pam Thompson


Leave your Condolences

16 Condolences for “James K. “Jim” Pogue”

  1. Jeff Cox October 22, 2023 at 6:44 am

    So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed cutting his hair and his conversations. He was a great customer.

  2. Jean Berger October 22, 2023 at 11:57 am

    I will be forever grateful to Jim, for running our family’s company as if it were his own. Jim was a very honorable man and I have the utmost respect for him. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

  3. Fred Berger October 22, 2023 at 1:11 pm

    Jim was one of my first bosses. I learned so much from him. He was a model of even temper, a consistent businessman and he built a long running business for our family for a generation. Thank you Jim from our whole family.

  4. Trevor Kaye October 22, 2023 at 2:36 pm

    Pat and Jim Pogue were such a gracious couple. They always held hands when walking. Pat and Jim sat in the row behind us at Purdue volleyball games and we missed them, dearly, when the travel from Frankfort to West Lafayette, became more than they could manage. My wife, Joan, and I had several memorable JPC football trips where we greatly enjoyed their company. I remember deep (?) conversations with Jim at a bar in the Bellagio and we both wondered how we were so lucky to be able to enjoy these benefits of a good life. Ane we repeated those conversations when we followed the Boilermakers to Hawaii in 2006. I have already missed he and Pat since they stopped going to volleyball games, but they are firmly entrenched in our memory banks! I told Jim several times that he was my role model for supporting the Boilermakers and, aging and enjoying the benefits of a long life.

  5. Linda Stringer October 22, 2023 at 4:43 pm

    Jim was my next-door neighbor for 43 years. He and Pat were quiet pleasant neighbors. They are both missed. Denise, Kenny, Jeff, Carla and families, I’m so sorry for your loss.

  6. Terry Flood October 22, 2023 at 6:32 pm

    My deepest condolences to the family. I worked for Jim at the Cigar Factory.

  7. Kia Berger Vynorius October 23, 2023 at 12:36 pm

    It was such a privilege to be with you both and your father. He was the heart of National Cigar Corporation. We are so grateful for his light and example which we will always have with us.

  8. Mary Ann & Ron October 23, 2023 at 4:36 pm

    Denice & Kenny, my sympathy to you & all your family. I’ll always remember your dad with a cigar & walking around town for exercise. Your parents are happy & together again for eternity. Hugs

  9. Dawn Burns October 23, 2023 at 8:38 pm

    Denise and family,
    I am so sorry. I enjoyed him and Pat as my neighbors. They we both great people. So sorry for your loss.

  10. Sam Grove October 25, 2023 at 5:31 pm

    Denise, Jeff, Kenny and Family:

    I remember Jim walking back and forth to work at the National Cigar. Like clock work he would come and go, morning and night. Usually he wore a fedora and had a cigar in hand. Very meticulous and business like headed to and from your house on Paris St. I know it’s tough saying goodbye to him for the last time but like many of us who have lost parents and loved ones you will carry on with him on in your hearts. He was a good man, a good father and business man. You and Frankfort were lucky to have him. I hope the pain of losing him passes quickly. You’re in my prayers.

  11. Sally and Eber Morgan II October 25, 2023 at 5:46 pm

    To the Family: We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. We enjoyed visiting with Jim and Pat at the Antioch Church.

  12. Rosemary Wainscott Ayers October 25, 2023 at 8:59 pm

    I am writing from Victoria, TX. I also graduated from Frankfort High School in 1947. Jim was a great classmate of mine and a true gentleman. Jim, Pat, Don and I knew them well, I am proud to say. May he now live in peace, mas his family do well and I am sure they will if they have followed Jim and Pat through their lives.

  13. Edith Crews October 27, 2023 at 1:37 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Jim stopped to help my granddaughter on one of his daily walks on Paris Street. Such a great guy. He will be missed.

  14. Anna Mae Miller October 27, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    We extend our sympathy to Jim’s family. We met Jim and Pat many years ago at Purdue at a basketball game. Have some great memories of football trips together. Always so much fun with them cheering for the Boilermakers. Our thoughts are with you,
    Anna Mae and Chuck Miller

  15. Ken Walters October 29, 2023 at 3:14 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Dad worked with him for 41 years and Jim was very kind to Mom after Dad Passed. God Bless this family.

  16. Madonna J Ritter December 5, 2023 at 3:23 pm

    My mother, Edna Shelley worked at the Cigar factory for many many years and spoke fondly of Jim. I am sorry for your loss.

    Madonna Shelley Ritter

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