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William Egan

William Egan, age 82 of Henning, MN died on Monday July 13, 2009 in Henning. Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 AM on Thursday July 16, 2009 at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Henning with Fr. Dan Walz officiating. Music is provided by Paul Malecha. Visitation is at the Belmont Funeral Home in Henning on Wednesday July 15, 2009 from 5:00 until 7:00 PM and will resume for an hour prior to services at the church. A prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday at the funeral home. Online condolences available at

William J. Egan was born in Detroit Lakes, MN on June 28, 1927 the son of William and Sylvia (Halverson) Egan. He moved to Henning, MN 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 US Navy. He served on ships in the Philippine Islands. When his enlistment was up he returned home and attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with a Bachelors 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, Wisconsin, Enderlin, North Dakota, and Thief River Falls, MN. 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. Bill had a garden and many people enjoyed the surplus fruits and vegetables from his farm.

Bill is survived by his sisters: Ellen Egan and Margaret Hof; a brother: Charles; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Walter, Ben, and Louis; and a sister: Irene.

In lieu of flower, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.