Charles Egr, 86 - February 26, 2012
Charles J. Egr, 86, of Wahoo, passed away Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012
Mass of the Resurrection will be conducted on Thursday, March 1, at 10 a.m. at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church at Wahoo with the Rev. Charles Townsend as clergy. Interment will take place at St. Francis Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post No. 82 and VFW Post No. 4502.
A visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. with a Knights of Columbus rosary at 6 p.m., all to take place at the church. An additional visitation will be one hour before the service on Thursday. Svoboda Funeral Home of Wahoo is in charge of arrangements.
Egr was born on July 4, 1925, at a family farm near Prague, one of eight children of Frank Egr, Jr. and Mary (Vanek) Egr. He was named after his uncle, Charles J. Egr, who died during combat in World War I.
He attended School at District 84 at Plasi, and then worked on the family farm.
Egr was drafted into the U.S. Army on July 24, 1944. He served with Company E, 96th Infantry Division, of the 10th Army as a marksman. Gravely wounded in the RyuKyu Campaign on Okinawa in April 1945, he spent seven months at Bushnell General Hospital, Brigham City, UT, with both legs paralyzed. After months of intensive therapy, he was released and able to walk with the use of canes. He once said, “Every step I took was like having an ax chopping at my leg. But there was no way I was returning home on a stretcher.”
He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Campaign Star, Combat Infantry Badge, Victory Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon and Good Conduct Ribbon.
On Nov. 20, 1947, he married June A. Voboril of Prague at St. John Catholic Church in Prague. His parents transferred a small farm west of Prague to him and his wife as a wedding gift. Local friends continue to farm the land for the family, as his war injuries prevented him from returning to farming, according to family members.
He and his wife adopted their first child, Randall Charles, in May of 1956, followed by the adoption of their daughter, Mary Jane, in December of 1960. The couple’s greatest blessing was the birth of their grandchild, Brin Rose, in March of 2006, said family members.
Erg and his wife bought a drug store in Prague while she taught school at a local country school. He obtained his high school diploma and then moved to Lincoln to pursue a business degree. After returning to Prague, he worked at the U.S. Post Office for two years until accepting an assistant position for the Saunders County Clerk in Wahoo in 1958.
He built a house just south of Wahoo in the summer of 1964, the same year that Bishop Neumann High School opened. Many nieces and nephews from around the county stayed at the house while attending Neumann.
Egr was elected Saunders County Clerk in 1968 and re-elected to six consecutive terms, serving a total of 34 years in the office. He was unopposed in all but his first election campaign. He was named County Official of the Year in 1985 by the Nebraska Association of County Officials, and served on then Secretary of State Allen Beermen’s Commission to rewrite Nebraska election laws. He also served as the campaign treasurer for former state senator and Speaker of the Legislature, Curt Bromm of Wahoo.
After his retirement, he enjoyed tending to his yard, driving to Prague to check on the farm, volunteering at the Lincoln Veteran’s Hospital and the Saunders County Museum.
He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Lions Club, Knights of Columbus and a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Wahoo.
Egr was preceded in death by: his parents, Frank and Mary; brothers—Antone (Elinor) and Emil (Geraldine); a sister, Mary (James) Ruzek; sisters-in-law—Adeliene Egr and Joyce (John) Polacek; brothers-in-law—Ernest Bouc and James (Lavina) Voboril; nephew, Daniel Egr.
Survivors include: his wife of 64 years, June; a son, Randy (Erin O’Neil) Egr, and granddaughter, Brin Rose Egr, all of Wahoo; his daughter, Mary Jane Egr (Dean) Edson of Lincoln; step-granddaughter, Allison K. Edson of York; brothers—Frank, George (Genevieve) and Stanley (Norma); sister, Anne Bouc; sister-in-law, Jeanette (Ernest) Jambor; brother-in-law, John (Jack) Voboril; 32 nieces and nephews; numerous other cousins and family members.
Memorials are suggested to St. Wenceslaus Church and Saunders County Historical Society, 240 N. Walnut St., Wahoo, NE 68066.
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