John E. Reagan August 20, 1951 – January 22, 2019 Share this obituary Send Sympathy Gifts Sign Guestbook| View Guest Book Entries| Send Sympathy Card It is with great sadness that his family announces the passing of Johnny (“John”) Elvin Reagan of Richardson, Texas early Tuesday, January 22, following a long and heroic battle with illness. He was 67 years old. John was born August 10, 1951 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to George Raymond Reagan and Kathryn Marcile McCorkle, moving to California with his family in Summer 1960 – first to San Jose, and, later, to Southern California, eventually settling in San Dimas. A lover of the outdoors and a rider of horses as a child, John was a Boy Scout, and was employed throughout his teenaged years as a paperboy, dog groomer, golf ball shagger, fast-food worker and pharmacy courier, graduating in 1969 from Bonita High School in La Verne, California. John attended Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, California, majoring in chemistry, before being drafted into the U.S. Army in early 1971. In late 1972, as a Spec-4, he was awarded early discharge and returned to California to begin a career in finance and insurance as an advisor, agent, and accounts and branch manager for several concerns, including Household Finance, Reliable Insurance, and Fidelity Credit & Life. Moving to Texas, where he would spend the remainder of his life, in 1979 at the age of 28, in Houston John began courting Sherry Edwards Horton (later, Reagan), a relationship that would become the love of his life. John and Sherry were married August 26, 1980, and he became stepfather to Sherry’s beloved daughter, Holly Cromack (nee Horton). The family moved from Houston to Richardson, where John would live out his days as general manager for Southwest Distributing Co. of Dallas, working for many years alongside Sherry and with other family members. John, a self-taught car mechanic, computer technician and programmer, and all-around general handyman, prided himself on the help he gave to friends, neighbors, and family, and could be counted upon for anything by everyone, from flying out the door in the dead of the night to help a stranded neighbor, to rebuilding and improving upon computers and other home electronics using off-the-shelf parts and skills he cobbled together and mastered in his spare time. He kept an entire neighborhood’s cars and consumer electronics operable and in good order, using the talents and experience he had gained as a youth obsessed with cars and all things mechanical, and enabled by his insatiable curiosity. John was everybody’s “Mr. Fix-It”. John was an avid baseball fan, attending for many years the first home game of each season at the Rangers’ ballpark in Arlington with his dearest friends and closest neighbors. He enjoyed cigars, talking politics, watching war movies at the highest possible volume, reading suspense potboilers and spy novels, and sleeping with the door open even on the coldest night… But the great loves of his last several decades were his life partner Sherry, his adored grandchildren Becca and Kyle, and his three Akita “puppies”, Sheba, Taka, and Sasha (or ‘Tasha’, he could never quite decide). After retiring, of a morning, John could reliably be found at Crowley Park, sitting in a folding chair wearing his trademark Stetson, smoking a cigar and bragging on the rambunctious exploits of his big, friendly, unmistakably Reagan dogs. A true and loyal friend to many, he will be greatly and deeply missed. John passed peacefully from this world and entered eternity, with his wife Sherry at his side, at about 1:30 Tuesday morning. John was preceded in death by his parents and several of his siblings. He is survived by his wife of nearly four decades, Sherry Edwards Reagan; by his sisters Debbie Reagan Scott, Patricia Reagan, and Karen Steele; by his brothers Donald, Rick, and Tim Reagan; by his stepdaughter, Holly Horton Cromack, and her husband, Rick; by his granddaughter, Becca Cromack; and by his grandson, Kyle Cromack. The family will receive friends at a Visitation from 1:00 – 3:00 P.M on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Allen Family Funeral Options, 2112 W. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, Texas. A graveside tribute and burial will immediately follow beginning at 3:30 at Fitzhugh Cemetery located at 2540 Country Club Rd. in Lucas, Texas, next to Forest Grove Christian Church. Following that, the family will host a reception at John and Sherry’s home in Richardson, Texas. Print Obituary Sign Guest Book Name: Location: Email: Personal Message: Personal Message (required) Required Confirmation: Submit guest book entry
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of John E Reagan August 20 1951 January 22 2019.
Death notice for the town of: Plano, state: Texas