Chief Master Sergeant Richard Thomas Fagan USAF Retired, age 88, of Mulberry Grove, passed away Monday, February 23, at Highland Health Care Center. Funeral services for 88 year-old Chief Master Sergeant Richard Thomas Fagan USAF Retired will be Friday, February 27, at 3:00 p.m., in the Forest Park East Funeral Home in Webster, Texas. Burial will be in Forest Park East Cemetery. Friends may call Friday, from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project. The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is handling local arrangements and accepting memorials.
He was born October 20, 1926, in Des Moines, IA, the son of James B. and Ruth H. (nee Hoover) Fagan.
On November 25, 1947, he married Jean A. Wallace who passed away on September 19, 2013.
Dick had a full life and was a proud American, devoting his life to public service. He joined the US Army in 1945 and served in the South Pacific Theater of operations at the end of WWII. He left the service for a short while and returned to duty in 1950, joining the 132nd Tactical Fighter Wing with the Iowa National Guard. He served with 30 years of service in the Guard with the rank of Chief Master Sgt., and was a full time Air Technician. In his last three years of service he accepted an active duty position with the National Guard Bureau in the Panama Canal Zone, acting as the Guard Liaison between the active duty and guard in support of Operation Coronet Cove.
His leisure time was spent with his family, playing golf, bowling, and fishing. His retirement years were spent tinkering around the house and enjoying his grandchildren.
Survivors include :
Son – Michael L. (Amy) Fagan, League City, TX
Daughter – Julie J. (Cynthia) Burgess, Mulberry Grove, IL
Grandchild – Ten
Great Grandchildren – Nineteen
Sister-In-Law – Virginia Wallace
He was preceded in death by :
Father – James B. Fagan
Mother – Ruth H. Fagan nee Hoover
Wife – Jean A. Fagan nee Wallace died 9/19/2013
Son – Richard J. Fagan died 4/19/2002
Brother – Jimmy Fagan
Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home
1501 Ninth at Lemon Street
Highland, IL 62249