Joseph P. Egan
SPRINGFIELD - Joseph P. Egan, 92, of Springfield, died at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, January 20, 2014 at St. John's Hospital surrounded by loved ones.
Joe was born to a large and loving Irish American family on February 3, 1921 at 228 N. English Ave., Springfield, the son of Charles and Anne Blanchfield Egan. He married Gertrude Anhalt in Sheboygan, WI in 1948; she preceded him in death.
Joe was a graduate of Springfield High School and was the oldest living retiree from the power plant. Joseph proudly served his country in the United States Army in France and Italy during WWII and was a member of the VFW Post # 755. His family instilled in him his Irish story telling ability and he developed a love for carpentry, acquiring his first tools at age 6. He utilized this skill his entire life building homes, garages, and furniture. Joe was a former member of the Capital Area Woodworkers Club, and he had demonstrated old fashioned wood crafting on his shaving horse at Clayville from 1980 until 1992. Joe enjoyed woodworking; he was an avid Cubs fan, and an enthusiastic tent camper. He was very proud of having driven for over 75 years with a perfectly clean driving record.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Mary Ann Egan; six brothers, John, Charles, James, William, Frances, and Edward; and two sisters, Anne Hickey and Loretta Holdreith.
He is survived by two sons, Michael (wife, Kathryn) Egan of Roscoe and Mark (wife, Karen) Egan of Springfield; one grandchild, Mariana Egan of Springfield; two step grandchildren, Eric Muskopf of Springfield and Kelly (husband, Mike) Fink of Loami; one step great-grandchild, Gunnar Fink; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation: Family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield.
Funeral Mass: 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 27, 2014 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 245 N. Amos Ave., Springfield, with Rev. Robert J. Jallas celebrant. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery with military honors provided by Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County and Department of Defense.
Memorial contributions may be made to: VFW Post #755, 2211 Old Jacksonville Rd., Springfield, IL 62704.
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