Bernard J. ‘Bernie’ Egan Sr.

April 20, 1920 - Jan. 19, 2008

Bernard J. "Bernie" Egan Sr. of Waukesha, born to James Egan and Rosella (nee Chase) on April 20, 1920 in Detroit Lakes, Minn., passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at Waukesha Springs Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He is survived by three children, Edward "Mickey" and his wife, Barbara, of Edgewood, Wash.; Bernie Jr. and his wife, Kathy, of Sussex; and Karen of Waukesha; eight grandchildren, Lynn, Bonnie, Ann, Ben, Mike, Brian, Chris and Jenny; and seven great-grandchildren, Emma, Ashley, Airriahanna, Daniel, Ella, Madison and Austin. He is also survived by one sister, Francis Genista of New Castle, Pa.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn, in 1993, after 51 years of marriage, and also by his brother, James Egan, and sister, Kathleen Egan.

Bernie served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Independence from 1937 to 1938 as a truck operator. In 1939, along with his best friend, Rich Demmit, he joined the U.S. Merchant Marine Corps. In this capacity, as a boiler room operator, he made 16 crossings of the Atlantic Ocean. His work aboard these Liberty Merchant Ships provided ammunition and supplies for United States soldiers fighting abroad in Europe and North Africa.

Later, Bernie worked as a boiler operator/fireman at Waukesha Motor Co. for more than 43 years. In 1995, Bernie was awarded the 30-year Service Certificate from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. During this time, he also constructed, hand-by-hand, his family’s home.

Bernie loved fishing, deer hunting and wood working. Upon retirement from Waukesha Motor, he raised rabbits and set up a meat-cutting shop in his garage. His new "office" became a refuge for family, friends and neighbors. Bernie’s trusted dachshund, Peanuts, was never far from his side. He served as a longtime member of the Eagle’s Club, and loved his harmonica and dancing to polkas.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Prairie Home Cemetery chapel, 605 S. Prairie Ave., Waukesha. Services will begin at 1 p.m. Burial will immediately follow at Prairie Home Cemetery, Waukesha.

Church and Chapel Rudolph-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home, 380 W. Bluemound Road, Waukesha, is serving the family. For more information, call the funeral home at 827-0659, or for an online obituary, condolences or to receive directions, please visit www.churchandchapel.com.