Charles H. Egger
Charles Herbert Frederic Egger (Lt. Colonel USMC Retired), 85, died Friday, April 10, 2015, in Sierra Vista, Ariz.
Born Dec. 1, 1929, in Ashtabula, Ohio, he was the youngest of six children (Louise, Logan, Emil, James and Howard) of the late Arnold and Ethel Egger.
He graduated from Ashtabula High School in 1947, earned a B.S. in civil engineering from the Speed School at the University of Louisville in 1953, was a member of the Naval ROTC program and also earned a varsity letter in track, specializing in the high jump. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in December 1953 and was designated a Naval aviator in 1955. While in the Marine Corps, he primarily flew helicopters, served multiple tours overseas and received several commendations for his service in Vietnam, including the Silver Star Medal, Legion of Merit with ‘V’ and the Air Medal 39th Award with gold star. After retirement from the Marines in 1977, Fred moved his family to Corydon, where he operated Hurst Lumber Co. with his brother-in-law, John Buschemeyer, served in leadership positions in the Corydon Optimist Club and was a founding member of the Harrison County Youth Soccer Association.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, the former Catherine (Katzi) Byrne, and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Egger.
Survivors include six children, Robert, Elizabeth, Shannon and Howard Egger, Margaret Stieben and Jane Boss; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Friday, April 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 25, after 8:30 a.m. at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon.
Memorial service: Saturday, April 25, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery in Corydon.
The family suggests memorial gifts to St. Joseph Catholic School, 512 N Mulberry St., Corydon, IN 47112 or L.A. Kitchen, 230 W. Ave. 26, Los Angeles, CA 90031.