WILLMAR -- Anton "Henry" Egenberger Jr., age 80, of Willmar, died Tuesday evening, June 7, 2005, at his home on Eagle Lake. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, June 20, at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar with Father Joseph Steinbeisser officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to Rice Hospice, Compassionate Care of Willmar or the St. Mary's Foundation.
Anton Henry Egenberger Jr. was born April 18, 1925, in Omaha, Neb., the son of Catherine Ann (Dorsey) and Anton Henry Egenberger. He grew up in Omaha, received his education in Omaha, graduating from Holy Name High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the destroyer escort USS Saunders DE40 and participated in many of the major battles in the Pacific. Following the war, he attended Creighton University. He later moved to Fargo, N.D., where he worked for Northwestern Bell. On May 8, 1948, he married Patricia Ann Pflaum. In 1962, the family moved to Gull Lake, when Henry opened Hank's Rod and Gun shop in downtown Brainerd, Minn. He later worked for Vernon Advertising. He retired in 1987 and moved to Loup City, Neb. In 1997, he moved to his home on Eagle Lake near Willmar, where he found so many good friends.
Henry Egenberger was a strong, proud, self-made man. His bright wit and humor, his charm and twinkle in his eye will be missed by all of his good friends. He brought the family together for reunions in the Willmar area over the past 20 years and we have all become part of the community. A very special thank you to our wonderful friends and neighbors; the Rice Hospice caregivers; the Compassionate Care Program of Willmar; the excellent staff, nurses and doctors at Rice Memorial Hospital; the Church of St. Mary; and all who offered such strong and warmhearted support to Henry and his family. Willmar was very welcoming to our father and he had a wonderful home here.
He is survived by his ex-wife, Patricia McCarthy, of San Diego; four daughters, Theresa Egenberger, of San Diego, Catherine (and Paul) Egenberger-Halverson, of Byron, Minn., Jean Egenberger, of Elk River, Minn., and Mary (and Robin) Jenkins, of Brainerd, Minn.; a son, Karl (and Ruth Schmuff) Egenberger, of Towson, Md.; six grandchildren and two-great-grandchildren, besides other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Louis Bernard Egenberger.
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