William D. Horgan

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died September 3rd, 2017

William D. Horgan, 73, passed away after a brief illness on September 3, 2017 at the William Middleton VA Hospital Hospice Center in Madison WI, in the loving arms of his wife and three children.

He was born on January 27, 1944, in Big Rapids, MI, son of Thomas and Anna Horgan. He attended St. Mary’s School in Big Rapids and Sacred Heart High School in Mount Pleasant, MI.

Bill enlisted in the Army on May 28, 1965 and proudly served his country at Fort Knox Kentucky and then the 1st Cav in Korea. He was a Tank Driver with Company C 4th Battalion, 37 Armor Division.

On May 11, 1973, Bill married the love of his life, Jean Kleikamp and they were blessed with three children.

Bill worked for Chicago Northwestern and Union Pacific Railroads and retired in 2010.

He is survived by his wife Jean (Kleikamp) Horgan; children Erin (Fred) Gravelle of Green Bay, WI, Ryan Horgan of Madison, WI, and Darby Horgan of Green Bay, WI; father in law, Edward Kleikamp of Powers, MI; brothers and sisters in law, Daniel (Gay) Kleikamp, Steven (special friend Barb) Kleikamp and Sally (Tom) Pepin and Wayne (Kathy) Kleikamp all from the local area; sister in law Joyce Horgan of Ohio; grandchildren, Freddy, Rebekah, and Gavin Gravelle and Avrik Horgan, all of Green Bay, WI; many special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Also his faithful dog, Clancy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Judy Horgan Blue; brother, Larry Horgan and sister in law, Mary Kleikamp Melton.

Bill and his son Ryan proudly went to Washington D.C. on May 17, 2017 with the 12th Honor Flight.

Bill fulfilled another life wish when he and his wife took a 2 week trip to the “Motherland” Ireland in 2012.

Bill was known for his Irish wit and could tell a good story with a bit of blarney added when needed. Before his illness, Bill loved being in the outdoors, hunting, fishing and trapping. He was a life- long Detroit Lions fan.

“Billy” Horgan will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held Thursday September 7, 2017 from 2-4:30 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 5 p.m. at St. Joseph’s and St. Patrick’s Church with Rev. Eric Olson officiating.

Burial and military rites will take place Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Horgan family.

5 Tributes to “William D. Horgan”

  1. I would like to talk to Jean as they were wonderful people.
    Not sure if they still live in escanaba.. Please help

  2. Dear Jean,Erin,Ryan Darby & Family Members
    My heart is heavy, along with yours, over the loss of this Dear Man.
    Some of you already know the friendship & brotherly love , that we had for one another and it continued after we retired.
    We talked often about our love for our family’s.

    We marveled & joked about the close friendship we had between an Irishman & Italian.
    He nicknamed me Meatball and I nicknamed him Leprechaun.
    Those names stuck all thru the years and they were said in Love.

    We not only shared about the Love for our Family but the love of Our Lord and seeing each other again in Heaven.
    Willy truly knew he would be there.
    Romans Chapter 10 Verse 9,10 & !3
    Whosoever Shall Call Upon The Lord Shall Be Saved

    Willy also loved his railroad brothers and they loved him as well.
    Truly a Band of Brothers.

    There will always be a void until we all meet again.
    He will Always be Remembered, Never Forgotten & Loved by All that knew Him.
    He’s in the Loving Arms of Jesus being well taken care of , until we meet again.

    My these Scriptures Comfort Family & All

    1st Thessalonians Chapter 4 Verses 14 thru 18
    Revelation Chapter 21 Verse 4

    May God Bless You, Comfort & Heal Your Hearts

  3. A phenomenal man who will be greatly missed by all of us lucky enough to have him in our life. We were robbed of his final year, but so happy he didn’t suffer long. Much love to Aunt Jean, Ryan, Erin, Fred, Freddy, Becca, Gavin, Darby, and Avrick.

  4. All my condolence to a super and dear friend my brother will love always

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. Billy was one great man with a super sense of humor. I thank both of you for your search to find me and very grateful that you did. I love you with all my heart. God be with you and the family.

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