Victor A. Egger
Victor A. Egger, U.S. Navy (retired commander), died Sunday January 31, 2016. Egger was born in El Paso on June 3, 1921, to Anselm and Maura Egger. He resided in Irving from 1960 until January 2012 when he moved to Grand Prairie to be near his children. He was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War, and the cold war. He survived eleven major naval battles, including the sinking of the USS Hornet CV-8. The USS Hornet CV-8 was famous for the launching of Doolittle’s B-25 raid on Tokyo, April 18, 1942. He served on five combat ships, the staff of the Governor of Guam after WWII, and the Far East and United Nations command during the Korean conflict. In peace time, he had several shore assignments including the Naval Research Laboratory, Naval Ordnance Test Station.
After retiring from the Navy, Egger was in sales of material handling equipment. He was a member of several religious and civic organizations. He was 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He very much enjoyed reunions with former shipmates. After retirement, he remained active in church and civic organizations, volunteering much of his time to the Navy and Marine Corp Relief Society and to the DFW Ambassador program.
Egger was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Ruth Davies Egger and his brother Louis Egger of El Paso. He is survived by his daughter Cathy Vinson and her husband Lee of Grand Prairie, TX; his son Chip Egger of Arlington; four grandchildren: Cheryl Vinson of Euless, Michael Vinson and wife Melissa of Derry, N.H., Michelle Gulley and husband Jon of Arlington, and Christopher Vinson and wife Diane of Kennedale; eight great grandchildren; his brother Oskar Egger of Alexandria, Va.; 14 nieces and nephews; and 65 great nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at a visitation from 6-8 p.m., Friday, with the Rosary to be said at 7 p.m. at Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home Chapel, 606 West Airport Freeway in Irving. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church, 2323 Cheyenne in Irving. Burial will follow at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas.
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