Tom Reagan

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Col. Thomas J. Reagan, USAF, ret. Nov. 24, 1927 - April 29, 2014 SOUTH BEND - Tom Reagan, Colonel USAF retired, 86, of South Bend, IN, passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Virginia, while staying with his son and family. Col. Reagan was born November 24, 1927, in Valparaiso, IN. His family moved to South Bend, and then finally to Lake Wawasee, IN. He graduated from Syracuse High School in 1945 and entered St. Joseph's College, IN. On the verge of being drafted, he enlisted for 18 months in the U.S. Army assigned to Fort Monmouth, NJ. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in January 1948. He returned to St. Joseph's College, then transferred to the University of Notre Dame, where he joined the Air Force ROTC. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant upon graduation in June 1951. Colonel Reagan proudly served almost 31 years of active duty in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force in various assignments across the country and overseas. He retired at MacDill AFB, FL, in October 1980. Tom was married for 53 years to his loving wife, the former JoAnn Cerney, of South Bend. They resided in Valrico, FL, for almost 30 years. After losing JoAnn in May 2006, Tom stayed in Valrico until 2010, when he relocated back to South Bend. He is survived by his son, Timothy (ND '81) Lt. Col USAF Ret., married to the former Gerri Mannion, of Yorktown, VA; his daughter, Shannon, married to Gregory Poirier, of Heber, UT; and five wonderful grandchildren, 1 Lt. Thomas Reagan USAF (ND '11) of Tinker AFB, OK, Michael Reagan and Catherine Reagan of Yorktown, VA, Danielle Poirier, attending the University of Utah and Brienne Poirier of Heber, UT. Tom is also survived by his sisters, Mary Walsh of Monroe, NY and Dr. Lenora Reagan Semrad of Oakland CA; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Lou "Billie" Thomas, Pat Fewell and Jim and Jane Cerney, all of South Bend, Marge Reagan of Indianapolis and Dale Sviland of Escanaba, MI. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am Thursday, June 5, 2014, in St. Matthews Cathedral, 1701 Miami Street, South Bend. Military graveside honors and interment will follow at Highland Cemetery. Palmer Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to any of the following in his memory: Catholic Charities, 1817 Miami Street, South Bend, IN 46613; Little Sisters of the Poor, 1503 Michaels Road, Richmond, VA 23229; Alzheimer's & Dementia Services of Northern Indiana, 922 E. Colfax Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617; of North Central Indiana, 130 Red Coach Drive, Mishawaka, IN 46545; or Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 8th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001. God Bless, and GO IRISH! Online condolences may be left for the Reagan family at

Published in South Bend Tribune on June 1, 2014
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