KEY WEST, Fla. — Kevin Michael Nugent, 51, died Sept. 15, 2017, at his home in Key West, from cardiac arrest. He is listed as a casualty of Hurricane Irma by the Monroe County, Fla., medical examiner.
Kevin was born at St. Mary’s Hospital, Madison, Wis., March 2, 1966, to Jeanne (Feally) Nugent and William “Nick” Nugent. The family moved to Tomah in April of 1967. Kevin attended St. Mary’s Catholic grade school and Tomah Senior HS, graduating with the class of 1984. He graduated from UW-Oshkosh with a degree in finance and economics. For over eight years, he was a member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard, as part of the 107th Maintenance Company of the 732nd Maintenance BN, headquartered in Tomah, where he achieved the rank of SGT. In 1994, he moved to Key West, where he worked in the service industry most notably at Margaritaville and later for The Hogs Breath Saloon until his retirement.
Kevin loved to hunt, fish, play euchre, trivia, Bocce ball and street hockey. He was a member of the Green Parrot Kayak Society of Key West, where the group kayaked through the Mangroves picking up trash, raising funds for local charities. Kevin was an avid Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, Marlins, and New York Yankees fan. His favorite time of year was Fantasy Fest in Key West and he loved to dress in costume for all the festivities.
Survivors include his parents, William “Nick” Nugent of Prairie du Chien, and Jeanne (Paul Syron) Nugent, Tomah; sister, Kristen (Joel) Strozewski of Lakeville, Minn.; niece, Katelyn L’ Heureux (Cory Allen) of Manchester, N.H.; niece-in-law, Emma Strozewski; nephews, Dylan and Liam Tetley; and nephews-in-law, Arlo and Ian Strozewski all of Lakeville; his aunts, Catherine “Kay” (Patrick) Lorenz and Mary (Ronald) Jones of Prairie du Chien, Jane (Randy) Wunderlin of Potosi, Wis., Rita Nugent of McGregor, Iowa, Marilyn (Don) Dorsch of Green Bay, Wis.; and uncles, Thom (Trish) Feally of Coral Springs, Fla,, and John Nugent, of Prairie du Chien; many cousins, great-nieces and nephews, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Arthur and Alice Feally; and paternal grandparents, Dr. William and Sylvia Nugent; three siblings who died at birth; cousins, Brandon Lorenz and Peter Feally; and his beloved dog, “Lily.”
A memorial service was held Oct. 7, at the Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea, followed by a celebration of life at Shrimp Daddy’s in Key West. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home in Key West assisted the family with arrangements.
There will be a celebration of life at St. Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, 303 W. Monroe St., Tomah, with Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, with military honors, followed by a luncheon at Hiawatha Golf Club, 10229 Ellsworth Road, Tomah. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church.
Per his request, Kevin was cremated and a private burial will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
The Torkelson Funeral Home of Tomah and Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien, are assisting the family with arrangements.