John Regan, Jr.

John A. Regan, Jr., 74, of Waukon died suddenly Monday, January 31, 2022 in rural Waukon. Funeral services were held Monday, February 7 at St. Mary’s Lycurgus Catholic Church in rural Waukon with Fr. John Moser and Rev. Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg officiating. Burial with military honors took place in the church cemetery. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon handled arrangements.

John Arthur Regan, Jr. was born July 8, 1947 in Decorah, the son of John A., Sr. and Kathleen (Hovden) Regan. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Lycurgus Catholic Church, rural Waukon. John attended Howard Elementary School and graduated from Waukon High School in 1966. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army for three years.

November 27, 1970, he married Diane M. Mathis at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Harpers Ferry; they had three children: Jack, Marlene and Jacob. John farmed with his dad and his brother, Jim, all his life.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Lycurgus Church until it closed, and then became a member at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon, where he was on the church council and various other church boards. John was a proud member of the Waukon VFW Post 4117, serving as commander many times throughout his life. He also belonged to the Allamakee Antique Auto Club and owned many antique cars throughout his life; Fords were his most beloved.

John loved going to car races and tractor pulls, including watching his uncle Marvin Hovden pull. He enjoyed farm progress shows and going deer hunting with the “Ol’ Milkhouse Crew”.

John was a very hardworking and meticulous man in everything he did. Most of all, he loved his eight grandchildren and loved going to watch their sporting events. He will be greatly missed!

He is survived by his children, Marlene (Darrin) Lonning and Jack (Amy) Regan, both of Waukon; his mother, Kay Regan of Decorah; eight grandchildren; and his siblings: Ann Roed of Waukon, Chris Hovden of Cresco, Jim (Linda) Regan of Waukon, Margaret “Peggy” Regan of Decorah, and Laurie (Craig) Zadra of Rice Lake, WI.

John was preceded in death by his dad, John, Sr.; his son, Jacob Regan; a sister, Connie Kay Regan; and two brothers-in-law, Dennis Hovden and Ed Roed.

Honorary casketbearers were members of the Allamakee Antique Auto Club and the Ol’ Milkhouse Crew. Casketbearers were Carson, Raleigh and Kreaton Lonning, Jakob and Jaxon Regan, Brennan Hartley, Blake Zadra, and Andrew and Brad Hovden.

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