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 Dan Trahey, Jr

Dan Trahey, Jr

Birth
Clovis, Curry County, New Mexico, USA
Death 10 Aug 2003 (aged 81)
Tarrant County, Texas, USA
Burial Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 49444351 · View Source
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FORT WORTH -- Dan Trahey Jr., 81, a retiree from General Dynamics after 42 years, died peacefully Sunday morning, Aug. 10, 2003, at a local hospital.

Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 3550 SW Loop 820, the Rev. William T. Stanford, rector, and the Rev. John Keene, adjunct priest, officiating. Burial: Following committal prayers, Dan will be laid to rest in Laurel Land Memorial Park. Visitation: He will lie in state at Robertson Mueller Harper, where his family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. They will also host a reception at the church in the parish hall from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Memorials: Those desiring, please make memorial contributions in Dan's name to the American Diabetes Association.

Born in Clovis, N.M., April 23, 1922, Dan Trahey Jr. was the son of Dan and Amelia Leucht Trahey. He graduated from high school in Wellington, Kan., before attending and graduating from the New Mexico Military Institute. Dan became a first alternate appointee to West Point. Prior to World War II, he attended UCLA and Texas A&M. Following the war, Dan attended and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.

During World War II, he served in the 29th and 35th Infantry Divisions. He served in the 1st Army under Gen. Bradley during the D-Day landing at Normandy. He also served in the 3rd Army under Gen. Patton while fighting in North France, Luxembourg, Germany and at the Battle of the Bulge. For his service, Dan was decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Purple Heart with cluster, European Theater Medal with four stars, Bronze Arrowhead, World War II Victory Medal, Allied Expeditionary Forces Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

Dan was active in the Boy Scouts of America for 25 years. During this time he served on the district and council organization and the Executive Committee, helping to organize new packs, troops and posts. He helped organize Troop 40 at his church, St. Christopher's Episcopal, and later served as its scoutmaster for 11 years. He was presented with the Horned Frog District Award of Merit and the Longhorn Council Silver Beaver Award. During his years with Troop 40, the troop never missed a monthly campout and summer camp. He made several 11-day treks to Philmont Scout Ranch in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico.

Following the amputation of his right leg in 1999, due to diabetes, he initiated and helped form the Amputee Support Group at Harris Methodist Hospital. Through his hard work, amputees have been able to reach out and support their loved ones, other amputees and themselves by exchanging success stories, fear challenges, frustration and goals. He was also trained and certified as a "Peer Visitor," and was always willing to talk with recent amputees to help them work through their ordeal.

Dan was active in the South Hills Neighborhood Association and served on Code Blue and distributed the neighborhood newsletter.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Dan III, and his sister, Madalyn Trahey Bulloch of California.

Survivors: Wife, Gerry Johnson Trahey of Fort Worth; daughters, Cheryl Trahey Nantz and her husband, Michael of Weatherford and Renee' Hicks of Fort Worth; son, Bruce Trahey and his wife, Sharon, also of Fort Worth; and grandchildren, Lyndsay, Stacey and Alex Nantz, Lance Cpl. Matthew Hicks, stationed in Yuma, Ariz., Braden and Cassidy Trahey and Clint, Ryan and Colton Wyatt.

Robertson Mueller Harper

1500 Eighth Ave., (817) 924-4233

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX)
Date: August 12, 2003


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  • Created by: Texas Roots
  • Added: 8 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49444351
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dan Trahey, Jr (23 Apr 1922–10 Aug 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49444351, citing Laurel Land Memorial Park, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Texas Roots (contributor 47162971) .