Richard “Dick” Egan, 89, of Marion passed away surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday September 8, 2021. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 PM on Wednesday September 15, 2021 at the Geilenfeld-Buehner Funeral Home in Oelwein with a Scripture Service beginning at 7:00 PM. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 AM on Thursday September 16, 2021 at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids with Fr. Loecke officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at Hazleton. A memorial fund has been established.
Richard William Egan was born in Oelwein on July 29, 1932 to parents Patrick and Georgine (Galvin) Egan. He graduated from Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Fairbank with the class of 1951. He then served his country honorably in the United States Army from June of 1953 to May of 1955, including the Korean War. On July 2, 1954 he was united in marriage with Betty Ann Kisner at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein and they later divorced. On January 31, 2004 he was united in marriage with Janan Kelly in Scottsdale, AZ.
Dick farmed northwest of Oelwein from 1955-1992. He also was employed with the Chicago Northwestern Railroad from 1955-1985. Following his retirement he was employed with Wieland Laboratories. Dick was a member of the American Legion Post #298 of Marion, the VFW #1725 of Oelwein and St. Matthew Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. Dick always enjoyed being there for his family and grandchildren. He took pride in raising cattle and enjoyed going to sale barns. He enjoyed coffee with friends every morning and afternoon, as well as his eight-block walks he took every day of the year. Dick also enjoyed his weekly trips to Clete & Connie’s in Oelwein to play Euchre with all his buddies.
Left to celebrate Dick’s life are his wife Janan Kelly-Egan of Marion; his children: James (Nancy) Egan of Oelwein, John Egan of Oelwein, Mark (Michelle) Egan of Las Vegas, Mary Ann (Paul) Michels of Hazleton and Birdie Egan of Oelwein; his step-children: Pam (John) Tucker of Phoenix, AZ, Patti (Jeff) Cash of Cedar Rapids, Brett (Kathy) Kelly of Waunakee, WI, Bryan (Chris) Kelly of Waukee and Blaine Kelly of Lafayette, LA; his 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and 9 step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister and brother-in-law Patty and Tom Biver; his granddaughter Jessica Egan; and his beloved cat of 13 years, Socks.