In a short few days the hand of God brushed our shoulder…
images from Dottie Roberts…
words from Linda Meissner…
and Joe and Kay Regan…
Joseph Earl Regan passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday the 21st of March at one PM. His daughter Rebecca and sons Kevin and Phillip were with him at the time.
Joe was born on May 23rd 1923 in the house on the family farm near Elma, Iowa. He graduated from Immaculate Conception Catholic High School, Class of 1940.
After working in Maryland for a time, Joe and his brother Don hitchhiked across the country and built the family home near Bremerton while Joe worked as a Shipfitter at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. That was when Joe got his draft notice, entered the Army and volunteered to be an Air Cadet. During Pilot Training at Washington State University in Pullman, Joe met his future wife, Kathryn D. King. He didn’t know that fact at the time, “They never tell us guys till it’s too late,” he said.
Joe was sent to Nevada for gunnery training in B-17’s. He asked for the ball turret because, “He was afraid of heights and it was the closest part of the plane to the ground.”
Germany and the war lay ahead.
On his 15th mission, February 3rd, 1945, Joe’s plane, “BIG DOG,” was hit by an 88mm Anti Aircraft round which started one engine on fire. Then, two more and the entire crew bailed out. Joe was captured by a German Army patrol and was a POW for the next 3 months.
Joe Regan was liberated from Stalag 7A on April 29, 1945 by General George Patton, and got to meet him.
Returning to Seattle Joe found Kathryn and doggedly persisted, “for the whole summer,” (he said) until she finally agreed to marry him. They wed August 10th in her home town of Raymond, WA.
Over the next several years they welcomed Rebecca, Michael, Brian, Kevin and Phillip to the world. Joe finished his degree in Marketing at UW and embarked on a career as a Contracts Manager and buyer for Boeing for 36 years.
Joe & Kay were active in Washington State Republican politics doing duty as Precinct Officer and Delegates to several Republican National Conventions and were active members of the Catholic Church.
The Regan’s took in (5) foster children and sponsored (9) Hmong refugee families in their home.
Joe delivered, “Meals on Wheels,” from his car, volunteered in after school reading programs and was active in the 8th Air Force Historical Society and Kiwanis of Kirkland.
Joe is survived by his wife of 66 years, Kathryn Dee, his sister, Petronilla Madden, 5 children, Rebecca O’Neill, Michael, Brian, Kevin and Phillip, 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and many Regan nieces & nephews. He is predeceased by his brothers Donald Regan and Bob and Elroy Madden.
Services were held at Saint Marks Catholic Church in Shoreline, WA on 3 April, 2012 followed by interment at Holyrood Cemetery, 205 NE 205th St. in Shoreline, with a reception following at the church.
Linda Meissner, Sweden, March 31:
Urgent prayer requested. Dan and Mary went to the hospital this morning. The little girl is born. Mary is alright. However, our little Evelyn-Rose had an infection in her lungs and can not breathe by herself. She has tubes to do it for her. They have given her anti-bio. Dan and Mary will spend the night in the hospital with her.
Sweden, April 2:
At 5pm Evelyn “gave up” the struggle to breathe, but was kept alive only by machine. The hospital said April 1 that they would put the baby in a helicopter and fly her to Stockholm. They would pay Dan and Mary’s ambulance fare there. No improvements. They told Dan it was very dangerous, and that many babies with this problem make it, but some of them don’t. Every hour was important. Dan and Mary were sleeping in the hospital. April 1 friends were really praying to God. You were fasting and praying.
This morning April 2 Dan called at 9.30am. He said the machine goes from 50 to 20. When it is at 50 the person cannot breathe at all. When it is on 20, there is normal breathing. Late last night the machine registered 45. This morning early about 5am, it registered 40. At 9.30am it registered 33. Then Dan called me at 1.30pm to say the doctors just were able to take her off the machine. PRAISE THE LORD. I’ll keep you posted, but she is going to make it!
You must be so very tired after the caucus. Please DO remember to take good care of yourself. We have not stopped praying for you.
Yours for the Kingdom,
Across our paths trudge real heroes and true villains; warriors, visionaries and traitors, for we have taken up to labor in the trenches on the front in the war for the nation’s spiritual foundation. Real War, real casualties.
We salute you, Joe. Well done. We’ll see you soon enough. We surround Kay with our love, sent hereby.
We welcome you to the earth, Evelyn Rose, as Joe departs it, and thank Linda for Dan and Dan and Mary for Evelyn Rose.
The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord and blessed the culture of Life.
And we anticipate your arrival in Seattle as we would Patton to Stalag 7A; liberators, reinforcements to the City of rain, here where Satan dwells.
Fear not, little one, for thou shalt be the forerun
of that which shall happen across the earth…
Dottie, tarry, please, great warrior, to see your political grandchildren, the new men. All will be fulfilled.