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.