Daniel L. “Danny” Corrigan, age 74, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Sunday, December 15, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family.
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Danny was born on August 29, 1945 in Jefferson City, Mo. the son of Francis J. and Blanche M. (Suiter) Corrigan. He was married on September 16, 1978 in Jefferson City, Mo. to Brenda Pearl Vahrenberg, who passed away on July 29, 2011.
A lifelong resident of the central Missouri area, Danny was a 1963 graduate of Helias High School.
Following graduation, Danny enlisted in the United States Navy serving in the Vietnam War as a crew chief. He flew 120 missions with different Recon Squadrons flying over North and South Vietnam. After his Vietnam service, Danny joined Lear-Sigler traveling the world as an aircraft mechanic. In 1972, he and his twin brother, Dennis, began operating Schumate Chapel Service until October, 1986. In 1977 he joined the Missouri Army National Guard and was active duty until his retirement in 2000. Danny received numerous accommodations during his 26 years of military service including: the Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and Senior Aircraft Crewman Badge.
Danny was passionate about serving his country and very generous with his time and talents. When he retired, he became a volunteer driver with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Through this work for over 15 years, he was able to assist other veterans with transportation to and from doctors’ appointments. Danny was a member of the American Legion, Roscoe Enloe Post 5, the Navy Club and the Knights of Columbus.
Danny enjoyed time at the beach and fishing, especially at his “Fishing Shack” at the Lake of the Ozarks. Danny’s fondest memories were of spending time with family and friends. He will be remembered for his kind heart, welcoming nature and contagious laughter.
Survivors include: two daughters, Julie Phelps (Jarod) and Ashley Corrigan-Loaiza (Peter), both of Jefferson City, Mo.; his siblings, Patty Blume of Jefferson City, Mo., Frank Corrigan (Kathy) of Grove, Oklahoma, Kay Jones of Jefferson City, Mo., Mike Corrigan (Brenda) of St. Peters, Mo., and Murphy Huot (Phil) of Pinehurst, North Carolina; three sisters-in-law, Terry Corrigan, Shirley Corrigan and Peggy Vahrenberg (Elizabeth Roman), all of Jefferson City, Mo.; and four grandchildren, Riley Corrigan Phelps, Lane Doyle Phelps, Roxie Pearl Loaiza, and Remington Daniel Loaiza.
Danny was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 32 years, Brenda Corrigan; his twin brother, Joseph “Dennis” Corrigan who passed away a few months ago; his brothers, Robert Corrigan and James Corrigan; and brothers-in-law, Clarence Blume and Bob Jones.
Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 19, 2019. A prayer service will be held immediately before his visitation at 3:15 p.m. Thursday in the Freeman Chapel.
Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 20, 2019 at St. Peter Catholic Church with the Reverend Jeremy Secrist and Deacon Tom Gerling officiating. Entombment with military honors will be held at the Mausoleum of Resurrection Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) or the Central Missouri Honor Flight.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary.