OBITUARY

William Jasper Eagan

September 27, 1931July 27, 2020
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William J. “Bill” Eagan, 88, of Belleville, Illinois, born September 27, 1931 in East St. Louis, Illinois, passed away, Monday, July 27, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Bill spent a career farming in his land and digging in the dirt. He enjoyed deer hunting and spending time outdoors. He enjoyed attending and participating in tractor pulls with the Illinois Tractor Pulling Association (ITPA). He was a loving husband and father, who will truly be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ezra and Lela, nee Ward, Eagan; his brother, Charles Eagan; two sisters, Ona Kissel and Helen Shute; and a brother-in-law, John Coleman.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 63 years, Marilyn Eagan, nee Scharf, of Belleville, Illinois; his sons, Steven (Carolyn) Eagan, of Valmeyer, Illinois, Michael (Sandy) Eagan, of Millstadt, Illinois and David (Jean) Eagan of Belleville, Illinois; his grandchildren, Amy (Troy) Petee, Zachary Eagan, Justin Sampson, Amanda (Bryan) Bittle, and Mike (Danielle) Thompson; great grandchildren, Justin Jr., Neely, Blake, and Ava; his sister, Mary Lou Coleman, of Foristell, Missouri; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to the Shriners Hospitals for Children or the St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.valhallagardensandfuneralhome.com.

Visitation: Friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, Belleville, Illinois.

Funeral: Services will be held at 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at the funeral home. Interment will be held privately in Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, Illinois.

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Tom and Laura Gauch

July 29, 2020

Dear Marilyn, Steve, Mike and Dave, Seeing Bill’s obituary just now I was saddened, but a flood of memories came back. I particularly remember one night in the Kamper kitchen and all the laughing and kidding. The little Eagan boys running around in the summer, brown from the sun. As years went by we lost contact but never forgot any of you. God bless you all. Bill was one of the good ones.

jim & carol cange

July 29, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God comfort you during this time.

Joni & Scott Jones

July 29, 2020

Dear Marilyn, Mike and David,
We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Scott has great memories of growing up around Bill. He was always kind, willing to help with mechanical advice and guidance. Scott said how he was always willing to help out a neighbor with any problems they had. Bill's legacy will be that he was a loyal and loving husband , great and loving father and a kind and generous person. Always with a smile and a wave that gave us a feeling of peace and happiness when we drove by. He was truly a special person.We should all inspire to be like him. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. But I have no doubt that he is happy and guiding you all from heaven now. Take care of each other!
Joni & Scott

Shara Nichols

July 29, 2020

Mike,
We are so sorry for your loss. I am sure comfort will come in the form of precious memories of the years you boys had growing up with such an strong anchor as a leader. Men such as your dad is exactly what inspired the term "the greatest generation". God bless your family during this time.

Reggie & Shara Nichols

Helen Dehner

July 29, 2020

Dearest Eagans,
Where to begin? With my childhood I think. Growing up in Caseyville provided my sisters and I with a rather idyllic existence. Billy was a huge part of it. He taught me how to ride a horse (a huge horse) over the hill to pasture, how to properly milk a cow and so much more. Thinking back, remembering him, his aura, I realize how simply good he was, how kind, how loving, how giving. I am blessed to have nine letters he sent to our family during his Army service. He never failed to mention we girls in the midst of three pages of small cursive detailing so much of Army life. And was so happy when he received a letter from my sisters and me. He sent me a charm bracelet and patches for my sweaters and asked me to quiz a teacher on where in Germany one could stand and see four countries as he had just done. And as it happens, my life went in different directions around the country ... but when I had an opportunity to visit Billy and family I took it! I loved him more than these simple words could ever say.

Rest easy, sleep well my brother
Know the line has held, your job is done
Rest easy, sleep well
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held
Peace, peace, and farewell...

Alan & Debra Hackleman

July 29, 2020

Dave, Jean and family,
So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Our deepest
sympathy to you and all of the family. Keeping you in our
prayers.
Alan and Deb

Tony & Connie Welsch

July 28, 2020

We, as neighbors, have admired the family throughout the years. The farm place is immaculate and attended to in every detail. We watch for Bill out on the lawn mower cutting every blade of grass to perfection. Even our 4-yr. old grandson would say, "Look there is Mr. Eagan on his grasshopper!" We send our sympathy to Marilyn and the family. Tony & Connie Welsch

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