OBITUARY

William John Egger

September 6, 1939March 27, 2021
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William J. Egger, 81

Bill Egger, loving Husband, Dad, and Grumpa, passed away on March 27, 2021 at the age of 81. His final days were spent surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was born on September 6, 1939, in St. Paul, MN, to Bernard and Wilhelmina “Minnie” (Shultz) Egger.

Bill was a veteran who proudly served his country in the US Army from 1956-1959. He enjoyed deer hunting and fishing up north with his family. He was a patient man who loved to be surrounded by nature, although, maybe not so patient when it came to watching the evening news. He especially loved target shooting with his grandchildren. Throughout his life, Bill’s best friends included his Border Collies, Midge, Izzy, and Mitchell. Bill was known for his quick wit, his kind spirit, and his infinite love for those close to him.

He attended Washington High School in St. Paul, MN. From there he enlisted in the US Army where he served as a Specialist in the 143rd Missile Battalion and there he worked on air to air missiles. After his military service, Bill married his first wife, Bev, and had 3 children, Janette, Bill, and Ben. He then went on to pursue opportunities in management, which led him to working at National Can as a supervisor. Starting the next chapter of his life, Bill married Loretta on November 14, 1987, where the two families were blended as one. Now, with 5 additional children, Jim, John, Tom, Shelly, and David, the family became the epitome of “Yours, Mine, and Ours,” and it continued to grow every year. As his family grew, Bill chose to further his education. He attended Century Community College where he graduated with an Associates Degree in Hazardous Materials Management. After receiving his degree, Bill worked for the Minnesota State Patrol, as a Weigh Station Truck Inspector. Unfortunately, 5 months later there was a reduction in the force and he had to leave the job he loved. Thanks to Tom, Bill found a new passion driving truck. He then went on to work at Twin Cities News with Tom, John, and Ben, where he ultimately retired. Following retirement, Bill and Loretta decided to move to Northern Minnesota to fulfill their dream of spending their days fishing and enjoying the great outdoors. Although they enjoyed being in God’s Country, after 17 years they chose to move back to the cities to be close to family. The house that Bill and Loretta chose to call home in Coon Rapids, MN became the gathering place for many events including birthdays, holidays, parties and milestone events such as Bill and Loretta’s 80th birthdays. Most recently, Bill celebrated 33 years of marriage with the love of his life, Loretta.

Bill is survived by his wife, Loretta; his 8 children, Jim, John (Cindy), Tom (Pam), Janette (Terry), Bill (Cindy), Ben (Stephanie), Shelly (Terry), and David (Rochelle); his 19 grandchildren; Chandra (Dave), Sovanny, Jenny, Julie (Aron), Jill (Jon), Tracy, Jordanne, Christy (Rich), Cory, Katie (Brooks), Jessica, Michael, Emily, Ashley, Steven, Kylie, Cole, Matthew, and Ashley; his 21 great grandchildren; Hannah (Derek), Jasmine, Michael, Lindzee, Cian, Alexis, Nina, AJ, Aiden, Silas, Kieran, Kain, Mia, Aria, Jaxon, Juno, Avalyn, Evan, Autumn, Arro, and Wesley; his 1 great great grandchild, Clarity; his brother, Jim (Kathy); his first wife, Bev (Susan); and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other beloved family and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Minnie; his siblings, Donna, Rose, Alice and Tom; his grandchildren, Troy, Austin, and Amelia; his 3 beloved poochie pants pups, Midge, Izzy, and Mitchell; and other beloved family and friends.

Open Visitation will be from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm on April 10th, 2021, immediately followed by a private ceremony at Gearhart Funeral Home in Coon Rapids, MN. For those not attending the private ceremony, there will be an open house from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm at the American Legion in Anoka, MN where the ceremony will be livestreamed at 1:00 pm. You may also view the livestream at home via the link below. The burial is scheduled for April 12th, 2021 at 11:00 am at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. If you would like to attend the burial, please contact the family for more information. Masks and social distancing will be required at all services due to the COVID19 pandemic.

The family is asking everyone to add photos and memories of Bill in the comments below. These will be added to a memory book provided by the Funeral Home. Please share these via the link below. Thank you for your love and support.

And remember...

Don’t behave, have fun.

  • FAMILY

  • Bill is survived by his wife, Loretta; his 8 children, Jim, John (Cindy), Tom (Pam), Janette (Terry), Bill (Cindy), Ben (Stephanie), Shelly (Terry), and David (Rochelle); his 19 grandchildren; Chandra (Dave), Sovanny, Jenny, Julie (Aron), Jill (Jon), Tracy, Jordanne, Christy (Rich), Cory, Katie (Brooks), Jessica, Michael, Emily, Ashley, Steven, Kylie, Cole, Matthew, and Ashley; his 21 great grandchildren; Hannah (Derek), Jasmine, Michael, Lindzee, Cian, Alexis, Nina, AJ, Aiden, Silas, Kieran, Kain, Mia, Aria, Jaxon, Juno, Avalyn, Evan, Autumn, Arro, and Wesley; his 1 great great grandchild, Clarity; his brother, Jim (Kathy); his first wife, Bev (Susan); and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other beloved family and friends.
    Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Minnie; his siblings, Donna, Rose, Alice and Tom; his grandchildren, Troy, Austin, and Amelia; his 3 beloved poochie pants pups, Midge, Izzy, and Mitchell; and other beloved family and friends

Services

  • Public Visitation

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

  • Open House

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

  • Private Family Service

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

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  • Burial with Military Honors

    Monday, April 12, 2021

Memories

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Tim Baland

April 11, 2021

Bill and Loretta were going somewhere in their van, and stopped for a few minutes to talk to the neighbor and I who were out in our yards doing chores. Loretta asked if we thought anyone would mind if Bill rode his 4-wheeler up and down the block. We didn't think that anyone would mind, but I told Bill, "But no wheelies - think of the children." Bill laughed and replied that he was young at heart.

Nancy Homdrom

April 9, 2021

Loretta and famiy,

So sorry to hear the loss of Bill. Prayers of comfort.

Nancy Homdrom (Cindy's sister)

Ruth Hovey

April 7, 2021

Siblings and friends!!❤

Ben Egger

April 5, 2021

Dad(Pops),

Thanks for being a great Hockey Dad, taking me on Fishing trips, introducing me to car repair, snowmobiling, and the numerous other opportunities we had to share time together.

Along the way, you taught me, you guided me, you shared your interests with me. By doing so, you showed me the path, sometimes letting me stray so I would earn greater understanding of so many things.

I am proud of you, as I know you are proud of me, and the man I have become. I have been told I am a good judge of character. That's because I had a father who helped me to see, what a man with strong character is.

I promise to be naughty, have fun, give hugs and kisses to my girls, and to build meaningful friendships along the way in life.

Although I will miss spending time with you, you will always be with me.

Thank you Pops
LUME

Beverly Morrison

April 3, 2021

We love you and will miss you, Bill, but our memories of fun times together will live forever in our hearts. I promise to "Be Naughty...have fun"! Rest in Peace dear brother in law.
Love you Loretta!! Will see you soon.

Shelly Massingale

April 2, 2021

Shelly Massingale

April 2, 2021

Too much Ice Cream was still "never enough" LOL

Lori Betz

April 2, 2021

I just so love to hear about the love this couple shared and it was a fight for who loved the other more-
Loretta could say love you, but of course Bill would say

LOVE YOU MORE!
Along with his favorite saying of Don't behave- Have Fun! was a beautiful message to all to grab life and take those chances and opportunities - make the most of it! God bless this man and this family!
Lori

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