Eugene Thomas McNallan
Eugene Thomas McNallan’s journey of life ended on November 14, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Hospice care with his family by his side due to complications from Lewey Bodies/Parkinsons resulting from Agent Orange exposure in Viet Nam.
He was born on December 15. 1945 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Wabasha, MN to Francis & Frances (Lager) McNallan and attended country school through eighth grade, graduating from Elgin High School in 1963. He then worked at Waters Instruments in Rochester and then IBM while continuing to work on the family farm. In August 1977 he began dairy farming near Kellogg, MN until heart issues forced him to quit in March of 1994.
On November 6, 1965 he married Diane Hall at St. Joachim’s Catholic Church in Plainview, MN.
He was drafted into the Army and reported to duty at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. On November 16, 1965. He served in Cu Chi, Viet Nam from April 1966-April 1967 and was honorably discharged as Sergeant E5 November 1967 from Ft. Hood, TX.
He was elected as 1st district county commissioner of Wabasha County, MN and served on the County Board for 8 years starting January 2000 and as chairperson several years. He enjoyed helping people and making a difference in their lives. He retired in January 2009 when he and Diane began enjoying winters in Apache Junction, AZ.
He enjoyed working, mainly with his dairy cows and farming the land. He enjoyed golfing, reading, and rides on his 4-wheeler thru the woodlands until his health didn’t allow it. He liked westerns, (John Wayne & Audey Murphy), and music boxes. His wonderful sense of humor, his outlook on life and acceptance of disappointments in life were with him to this day and an inspiration to family and friends. His family was most important, and was so proud of their lives and values. His favorite saying…”You can’t fix stupid.”
In addition to his wife, Diane he is survived by sons, Cary (Special Friend, Sherlene), Chapel Hills, NC, Tracy (Nancy) Kellogg, MN, E.Brent (Michelle), Plainview, daughter, Darcy (Travis) Mytten, Wabasha; 13 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Judy McNallan, Wabasha, Kathy (Bill) Theel, Wanamingo,; 2 brothers, Hilary (Margit) McNallan, Maple Grove, MN, Bill (Jan) McNallan, Pine Island, MN and 31 nephews & nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 infant brothers, his sister Yvonne (McNallan) Blee, sister-in-laws Mary Beth Blee, and Lois (Heitman) McNallan; nephew Josh Hall and parents-in-law John & Maxine Hall.
Funeral Mass is Tuesday, November 19, 11:00 a.m. at St. Joachim Catholic Church in Plainview with Father William Becker officiating. Burial is at St. Joachim Catholic Cemetery. Visitation is Monday, November 18, 4-8 p.m. at Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Plainview and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.
Schad & Zabel Funeral Home, 57 3rd St SW, Plainview, MN, 55964, 507-534-2003