LTC Charles "Fred" Herbert Egger was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 04/10/2015 at the age of 85.4
Sierra Vista, AZ
Date of Birth 12/01/1929
Served in the U.S. Marine Corps
Served in Vietnam with HMH-165 in 72
This information was provided by Sammie Williams

More detail on this person: Egger, Charles Herbert Frederic (Lt. Colonel USMC Retired), passed away on April 10, 2015 in Sierra Vista, AZ, at the age of 85. Fred was born in Ashtabula, OH, on December 1, 1929. The son of Arnold and Ethel Egger, he was the youngest of six children (Louise, Logan, Emil, James and Howard). He graduated from Ashtabula High School in 1947.

Fred earned a BS in Civil Engineering from the Speed School at the University of Louisville in 1953. He was a member of the Naval ROTC program and also earned a varsity letter in track, specializing in the high jump. He often said the best thing that happened to him while in Louisville was meeting his wife of 50 years, Catherine Byrne Buschemeyer. They were married on September 28, 1957.

Fred was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in December 1953 and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1955. While in the Marine Corps, Fred primarily flew helicopters. He served multiple tours overseas and received several accommodations 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, Indiana, where he operated Hurst Lumber Company with his brother in law, John Buschemeyer. He embraced small town Indiana life and greatly enjoyed the people and sense of community. He served in leadership positions in the Corydon Optimist Club and was a founding member of the Harrison County Youth Soccer Association.

Fred is preceded in death by his wife, Catherine "Katzi" Egger; and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Egger.

Fred is survived by his six children, Robert Egger (Claudia), Elizabeth Egger, Margaret Stieben (Steve), Jane Boss (Casey), Shannon Egger (Anita Visser) and Howard Egger (Jenni). He was known as "Grampy" to seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Uncle Fred valued his extended family, especially his "other brothers", nephews Jim, Jack and Jay Noyes of Anderson, SC. He always looked forward spending time with family during the annual golf tournament and Christmas Eve parties.

Visitation will be at Gehlbach and Royse in Corydon on Friday, April 24, 2015 5-7 p.m. and Saturday April 25, 2015 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. A memorial service will be held immediately following visitation on Saturday. Fred will be laid to rest in St. Joseph cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic School, 512 N Mulberry Street, Corydon, IN, 47112 or L.A. Kitchen, 230 W Ave 26, Los Angeles, CA, 90031.

This information was last updated 04/24/2015

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