William J. Egan, 82, of Henning, died on Monday, July 13, 2009, in Henning.
He was born in Detroit Lakes on June 28, 1927, the son of William and Sylvia (Halverson) Egan. He moved to Henning with his family in 1929. He attended school in Henning and was quarterback on Henning's first undefeated football team. He worked as a clerk at the Red Owl grocery store and as a projectionist at the Rex Theater while attending school. He left Henning the night of graduation and joined the Navy. He served on ships in the Philippines. When his enlistment was up, he returned home and attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He worked for the Soo Line Railroad as maintenance and construction engineer. He served as western regional engineer in a territory that covered Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. Over the years he worked in offices in Minneapolis, Stevens Point, Wis., Enderlin, N.D., and Thief River Falls. He retired from the Soo Line in 1986 and returned to Henning. In retirement he was active in volunteering at St. Edward's Catholic Church, Henning Senior Citizens, the Henning Nursing Home, and doing AARP Taxaide. He had a garden and many people enjoyed the surplus fruits and vegetables from his farm.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 16, at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Henning with the Rev. Dan Walz officiating. Visitation will resume for an hour prior to services at the church. Belmost Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements (www.belmontfuneral.com).
Survivors include his sisters, Ellen Egan and Margaret Hof; a brother, Charles; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Walter, Ben and Louis; and a sister, Irene.