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Daniel Regan

Dan Regan

August 21, 1946 - March 1, 2020
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Dan was born in Sturgis, SD, to Bob and Mary Regan on August 21, 1946, and lived there most of his life. In 1970, Dan married the love of his life, Mary Ann Stoddard, and for the next 50 years they were side by side, raising 3 kids, grandkids, making memories, and welcoming everybody into their home with love, kindness, and maybe a little cocktail.
Dan worked several jobs, including working 8000 feet below the ground for 10 years when it was supposed to be one year, until he found his true niche in life working full time in the SD National Guard. The Guard was a huge part of Dan and his wife, Mary’s, life. Dan made many friends and got to see the world. Dan retired as a Command Sergeants Major in 2003.
Dan was foremost a loving husband to Mary, a great dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend to many. Dan was also a devoted soldier and a true patriot. He was, at one time in his much younger life, a rock and roll star! He also considered himself quite the home renovation master and always had a project or two going…or more!
Dan lived a very full and happy life. His family has multiple camping stories, skiing memories, sleigh riding, car driving lessons, and dance lessons. His own childhood stories are numerous and hilarious. A man never short of a story.
CSM Dan Regan left on his final deployment March 1, 2020, in Tucson, AZ. His loving wife, Mary, and his two grandboys, Jacob and Henie, were by his side. Dan had fought with great strength a seven-year battle against cancer. Throughout the battle with cancer, Dan fought with grace, dignity, bravery, and kept his fun-loving personality and vitality for life.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, Tucson, AZ; children, Shawn Regan (Rose), Elk Grove CA, Dani Glasford (Nick Knauer), Tucson, AZ, Jennie Regan (Kevin), San Antonio, TX; seven grandchildren, Baylee, Jacob, Hendrick, Katie, Cedric, Levi and Mary Claire; sisters, Kathy (Gary) Lamberton, Pompano Beach, FL, Kelley (Gale) Schipke, Rapid City; brother, Quinn Regan, Rapid City; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Mary Regan; in-laws, John and Fern Stoddard; granddaughter, Gwyn Regan; and nephew, Todd Lamberton.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at St. Martin’s Chapel in Sturgis, with a rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 9, 2020, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Committal services, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    March 8, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    March 8, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    St. Martin's Chapel
    Address
    1440 Sherman Street
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    March 9, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    March 9, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    St. Francis Of Assisi Catholic Church
    Address
    1049 Howard Street
    Sturgis, SD 57785
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Father Timothy Castor
  • Interment

    March 9, 2020 | 11:30am
    When
    March 9, 2020 11:30am
    Location
    Black Hills National Cemetery
    Address
    20901 Pleasant Valley Drive
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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Duke Doering

Posted at 02:05pm
Dan Regan was a career Soldier in the South Dakota National Guard. He joined the local unit in Sturgis, the 109th Engineer Battalion, on July 28, 1967. He was sworn in by the unit commander, Captain Bob Daane, after which 1st Sgt. Joe Egger handed Regan the 109th Engineer Battalion welcome pamphlet which depicted historical unit events in North Africa and Italy during World War II . Later that day Major Chris Mechling briefed Regan on the 109th deployment to the Rhine River in Germany during the Korean War.
Dan progressed in rank through the years and was a Master Sergeant when his unit, the 109th Engineer Group, was called to Federal Active duty on November 21, 1990 for deployment to Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. After hostilities ended in Iraq and Kuwait the unit was released from active duty. A parade of convertibles met the Soldiers at the Rapid City Airport and drove them to a welcome home celebration at Stevens High School on June 11, 1991.
On September 24, 1992 Dan Regan was selected as the Command Sergeant Major of the 153rd Engineer Battalion in Huron, SD. Later he returned to the 109th Engineer Group where he retired and received his honorable discharge on May 31, 2003.

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Connie (Imhoff) Fassler

Posted at 02:36pm
I remember introducing my Army husband to Dan. To me he was always Dan. When I introduced him to Jeremiah as Dan the Command Sergeant Major Jeremiah almost had a heart attack. I'm so thankful I got to see Dan and Mary at the Vets Club in Sturgis after my retirement. It will always be a fond memory. He will be greatly missed.
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Kris Little

Posted at 11:23am
To Mary and family, I am so sorry for your loss and send prayers for peace. I know that General Mechling will be greeting him with open arms and ready to play golf together.
Love,
Kris Little (Mechling)
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Lori Raczynski

Posted at 10:00am
Mary and family, thinking of you in your time of sorrow. Dan was a great friend to many. He will be forever missed.
Your friends, Scott and Lori Raczynski
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Jill Siedschlaw

Posted at 07:47am
Mary and family,
We send our sympathy and prayers for peace during this time of loss of Dan. Hold your memories close.
Bob and Jill Siedschlaw and Family.

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