Vincent L. Meagher , 82, of Morris, Illinois, passed away peacefully January 13, 2010, in Hospice of Citrus County in Inverness, Florida. He was born on July 9, 1927 in Chippewa Falls, WI., the son of Lawrence and Margaret Fox Meagher.
He received his education in the schools of Chippewa Falls, WI.
Vince proudly served his country in the U. S. Navy during World War II. He enlisted on May 23, 1945 and served on the U.S.S. James O’Hara, U.S.S. L S T 909 and U.S.S. Rocky Mount in the Pacific Theater of Operations receiving his honorable discharge from active duty on August 8, 1946.
He married Shelby J. Nelson on April 2, 1972 in Woodstock, IL. In the early 1970’s, with his wife and family, they moved into Morris, Illinois from AuxSable Township to make their home.
He was employed as an Operating Engineer for 40 years and was a member of Operating Engineers Local # 150 in Joliet, Illinois, retiring in 1992.
Vince was an outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a generous gentleman who gave of his time to help and assist his many friends and family. He treasured being a grandfather and being apart of their many activities. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was a member of Morris American Legion Post # 294 and Loyal Order of Moose Lodge # 967 in Morris,.
Surviving are his loving children, Wendy Peterson, Seneca, IL., Mary Ann, and her husband, Glen Tetzloff of Montclair, N.J., Steven, and his wife, Tracy Peterson, of Mesa, AZ., and Lawrence Meagher of Flagstaff, AZ.; five grandchildren; several great grandchildren; along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded by his parents; his wife on January 30, 2000; one granddaughter, Honey Rae Waters on November 9, 2012; one sister; and two brothers.
The family will receive friends on Friday, May 31, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at U. C. Davis & Sons Funeral Home Ltd., 301 W. Washington St., Morris, IL. We will then proceed to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL. for Military Graveside Services conducted by the Morris Color Guard at 11:30 a.m. Cremation rites were accorded.
Preferred form of remembrance would be memorial gifts in Vince’s memory directed to the Morris Color Guard or Mooseheart in North Aurora, IL. Online condolences can be extended to the family by clicking on Vincent’s name at the top of this obituary. For further information, please call 815-942-0084.