Henry J. Horgan, Jr., 90, of Wheaton, Kansas, died Monday, September
24, 2012, at the Deseret Nursing Home in Onaga. He was a life-long
resident of the area.
Junior was born March 18, 1922, in rural Blaine, Kansas, the oldest
child of Henry Horgan, Sr. and Nellie Keating Horgan. He attended
local schools and graduated from Wheaton High School in 1940. He
attended Kansas State University until he was drafted in to the United
States Army. He served during WWII in the European Theatre. He also
served in the Occupation Army. Junior was awarded many metals
including the Bronze Star. He was serving with the 42nd Infantry
division when they liberated the Dachau Concentration Camp on April
29, 1945. During his time in the Army he achieved the rank of
Junior was a farmer and stockman. He spent his adult life working the
family farm north west of Wheaton. He was a member of the VFW Post
#7772 in Onaga. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in
Wheaton, and then St. Columbkille’s Catholic Church in Blaine. Junior
was known for his singing ability. He also played his guitar and sang
for many weddings and funerals. He enjoyed following local college
sports and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Junior married Mary T. Finan on November 10, 1951, in Blaine. She
preceded him in death on September 21, 2005.
He is survived by his daughter, Terri Stolte and her husband, Jack,
Land O Lakes, Florida; his sons, Dan Horgan and his wife, Lyn, Delia,
Kansas; and Tim Horgan and his wife, Linda, Wheaton; his brother,
Jerry “Butch” Horgan and his wife, Sharon, St. Paul, Minnesota; eleven
grandchildren, twenty great– grandchildren and one great-great
grandchild. Junior was preceded in death by his sister, Joan Willis
and brother, Jim Horgan.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday,
September 29, 2012, at St. Columbkille’s Catholic Church in Blaine.
Father John Reynolds will be the Celebrant. Mr. Horgan will
lie-in-state on Friday starting at 2:00 p.m. at Kufahl Funeral Home in
Wheaton, where the family will greet friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00
p.m. A rosary prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m. The family
suggests memorial contributions to the St. Columbkille’s Catholic
Church Hall or to the Onaga VFW Post #7772, and those may be sent in
care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at