Richard Leroy "Dick" Eagan of Emmetsburg passed away in the early morning, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, after an extended illness. He was 88 years old.
Dick was a veteran of World War II and served honorably with the United States Navy aboard a (Butler Class) destroyer escort, the U.S.S. Hanna, in the South Pacific Theater of Operations. He was a Life Member of V.F.W. Post 2295 in Emmetsburg and a member of the American Legion.
He was born on Sept. 12, 1925, to Keyron Patrick and Mabel Eagan of Great Oak Township, Ayrshire.
On Oct. 20, 1956, he married Shirley Ann Saeugling of Ruthven.
Dick leaves behind, Shirley, his spouse of 56 years, five adult children and seven grandchildren. Mary Eagan of North Liberty, Patrick and Karen Eagan of Mineral Point, WI, Tim and Dianne Eagan of Spencer, Marcia and Michael Black of Marion, and Keyron Paul Eagan of Chandler, AZ.
His seven grandchildren include Matthew Eagan, Molly Eagan, Mary Kate Holter, Colin Eagan, Claire Eagan, Grace Black and Gunnar Keyron Black.
Dick is survived by his four sisters, Margaret Degnan of Ayrshire, Janet Neary of Emmetsburg, Karen Sewell of West Bend, and Jean Marie Hall of Elkader. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, James Eagan and also an infant brother.
Dick was an avid animal lover and he nearly always had a dog in the seat beside him, riding shotgun and acting as his Wing Man. His most recent four-legged companion is known as "Mai Ling". She will miss their walks together, chasing squirrels in the state park over near First Island on Five Island Lake and being home late for dinner on occasion.
Dick's life's work included many different jobs, including the transportation of McNally Baked goods throughout Palo Alto County, but his primary career path evolved from his electronics background which he acquired during a short time of study at a trade school in Minneapolis after the war. He spent more than 21 years working for the Chicago, Milwaukee, Saint Paul & Pacific Railroad, which was eventually purchased by the Canadian SOO Line Railroad. He retired to his home at Emmetsburg in 1986.
Dick was active with his V.F.W. Post and regularly attended church services at Saint Thomas Catholic Church and Assumption Parrish Church. Dick also enjoyed fishing and hunting, an occasional dance with his wife and singing in the church choir.
He developed a passion for aviation in his early youth and eventually logged a number of hours at the controls of various types of civilian light aircraft throughout his life.
Richard Leroy Eagan is gone, but ne'er forgotten..
The family will greet friends at Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 4 to 8 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. Graveside service and burial will be at St. John's Cemetery in Emmetsburg.