Patrick F. Duggan, 69, of Ryan, passed away Friday, December 28, 2018, at Manor Care, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Visitation: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 2, 2019, Bohnenkamp – Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Manchester, Iowa. Memorial Mass: 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 3, 2019, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Ryan, Iowa. Inurnment: Calvary Cemetery, Ryan, with Military Rites.
Patrick “Pat” was born December 7, 1949, in Delaware County, Iowa, the son of Raymond and Patricia (Mangold) Duggan. Growing up on a farm, Pat learned the value of hard work which prepared him for his life endeavors. After graduating from Maquoketa Valley High School in 1968, Pat enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, honorably serving his country in Vietnam. Upon his discharge from the Marine Corps in 1971, Pat joined his brother, Bill, in Memphis, Tennessee, to work for the Illinois Central Railroad. It was while working there that he applied and was accepted into the Ironworkers apprenticeship of Local #167 in Memphis. After three years he became a JIW (Journeyman Iron Worker.)
This started his traveling career as an Ironworker. After working in many of the lower 48 states and Hawaii, Pat settled in Alaska for a number of years. A few years before his retirement, he transferred into his brother Glen’s Ironworker Local #433 in Los Angeles, California, working around L.A. and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Upon retirement Pat moved back to his roots in Iowa. There he enjoyed working for friends during planting and harvesting seasons while still making time for fishing trips back to Alaska and winter trips to Florida. He always had time to hoist a cold one with old friends.
Pat was a lifetime member of the VFW and an active member of the Ryan American Legion Post #692, cooking many of the steak dinners and fish frys over the years.
Pat is survived by four siblings, Bill (Cindy) Duggan, J.R. Duggan, Glen (Cathy) Duggan and Mary (Dennis) Miller; an uncle, Francis “Marschall” Mangold, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two nieces, a nephew, and one great-great niece.
For the past ten years Pat, along with other family members, have been involved with the Seeds of Hope/Food Resource Bank. All labor, machinery, seed, fertilizer and such were donated by local businesses and member of the area churches. The money generated from the sale of crops and cash donations are used to support projects in third world countries.
In lieu of rent from the donated land, that money which has already raised $50,000, went to charities closer to home, i.e. St. Jude’s Hospital, Camp Courageous, Retired Religious, and local community projects such as the Fire Dept., American Legion, local cares and concerns, building projects, Veterans Memorial, etc.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Pat’s memory to Camp Courageous, Monticello, Iowa, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee.
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