A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday, January 18 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating and Rev. Ken Thielman concelebrating. A private family inurnment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Military Honors will be provided by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the mass at the church.
Richard Benedict Egan was born March 6, 1914 in Brooten, Minnesota to Joseph and Anna (Anderson) Egan. Dick was a World War II veteran who served during the Battle of Normandy, where he earned a Silver and a Bronze Battle Star. On May 24, 1952, he was united in marriage to Lucienne “Lucy” Gosselin in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Dick started as a field representative for Willmar Poultry Company. He then went on to become an independent turkey farmer in the Melrose Area. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose, Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050 and the American Legion Post 101. Dick enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting, golfing, boating, and traveling and loved spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Lucy Egan; children, Michelle (Jim) Langlas of Naples, Florida, Anne Marie (David) Gant of Apple Valley, Tim (Ann) Egan of Dillon, Montana, and Denise (Robert) Loonan of Shakopee; 14 grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Patricia Egan of Naples, Florida.
Dick was preceded in death by his son, Joseph Egan; infant grandson, Philip Egan; brothers, Philip Egan, Russel Egan, and Vincent Egan; and sisters, Ethel Mollner, Leone Witts, Margaret Nelson, and Elaine Egan.
Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.