John Patrick "Pat" O'Reagan, Sr.
August 19, 2021
Leavenworth, Kansas - Col. (ret) John Patrick "Pat" O'Reagan, Sr., After a full life of 100 years, Pat O'Reagan of Leavenworth, KS completed his final mission peacefully on August 19, 2021, surrounded by his family. Pat was born in Parsons, Kansas to Michael R. O'Reagan and Rosa J. Kennedy O'Reagan; the oldest of four sons. He graduated from St. Peter's High School in Joplin, MO. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a Master's degree from USC through night classes at Rhein-Main AFB.
On December 8, 1941 he entered the Army Air Corps as a pilot and served in the European theater during World War II. He married Kathlyn E. Erwin October 14, 1944. He served through the Korean War and the Viet Nam War, and moved with his family of six children to numerus assignments across the globe. He retired in 1972 to Leavenworth after thirty years of decorated service, later working as a licensed private investigator for Lathrop and Gage law firm.
Pat enjoyed golf, especially the nineteenth hole. He listened to big band music and was a talented amateur drummer. He had a soft spot for children and animals, supporting numerous related charitable organizations. He is survived be he brother Robert T. O'Reagan of Alexandria, VA, children Julie O'Reagan Kansas City, MO; Eileen Nistetter (Jay) Glendale, AZ; Terence "Terry" O'Reagan Kansas City, MO; Margaret "Peggy" O'Reagan-Salva Olathe, KS; Timothy "Tim" O'Reagan Minneapolis, MN; grandchildren: John Salva, Jennifer Salva, Erin Salva and great-granddaughter Isabella Salva, all of Olathe, KS as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Kathlyn (Kitty), son John Patrick O'Reagan, Jr., brothers "Jimmy" and Michael (Bud) O'Reagan.
Visitation will be held Thursday, August 26, 6:00-8:00 pm at Davis Funeral Chapel: 531 Shawnee St., Leavenworth, KS. Funeral Mass will be Friday, August 27 at 11:00am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church: 1401 2nd St., Leavenworth, followed by a graveside service with military honors at Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
, Sacred Heart Catholic Church: www.shsc.org
, or Boys Town: https://www.boystown.org
Published by Kansas City Star on Aug. 25, 2021.