Services set for hall of famer

August 17, 2018

NORFOLK — Services for Fred L. Egley Jr., 102, Norfolk, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the First United Methodist Church in Norfolk. The Rev. Raponzil Drake will officiate.

Burial will be at Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Military honors conducted by the U.S. Navy, American Legion Post 16 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1644.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Home for Funerals Chapel, located at 708 Georgia Ave., in Norfolk.

He died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at the Heritage of Bel Air in Norfolk.


Fred Leonard Egley was born May 14, 1916, to his parents, Fred and Gladys (Anderson) Egley in Holdrege. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1935. Fred obtained his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1939 and his master’s degree in 1950 from UNL.

On Aug. 25, 1940, Fred married Marie Strauch in Lincoln. They were a happy and devoted couple until Marie passed away Aug. 24, 2004. They had two sons, Thomas and James.

Fred came to Norfolk after graduating from the University of Nebraska, as a teacher and coach for Norfolk Public Schools from 1939 to 1943.

Fred then entered the U.S. Navy in 1943 through the end of World War II. He was captain of P.T. boat 332, a Motor Torpedo boat, and saw combat in New Guinea and The Philippines. He mourned the loss of two of his men who were killed by a Japanese suicide plane.

After the end of his Navy service, Fred returned to Norfolk and taught one semester before moving to Ravenna, where he and Marie owned and operated a grocery store. The following year, Fred returned to Norfolk and served as the Norfolk Junior High principal from 1947 to 1969. From 1950 through 1967, he was also the athletic director for Norfolk Public Schools and Norfolk Junior College. He finished his career as an assistant principal from 1969 through 1981.

In addition to his work as a coach and athletic director, Fred was a football and basketball official. He served on the board of control of the Nebraska School Activities Association from 1965 to 1970.

Fred was inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. At that time, Fred was recognized “as a motivator, counselor and supporter, contributing to the development and progress of coaches, teams, athletes and activities in Northeast Nebraska.”

Fred loved fishing and duck hunting and pursued those passions as long as he was able to. He was a founding member of the Norfolk chapter of Ducks Unlimited, a wetlands conservation organization. He was also a board member of the local Pheasants Forever chapter when it was first organized.

Fred Egley was well known as a man of substance and character who faithfully served his family, community, church and country. He was an exemplary teacher, coach and administrator. Most of all, Fred will be remembered as a kind and caring gentleman.

Fred is survived by his son, James (Jeri) of Norfolk; his daughter-in-law, Maxine Egley of California; his grandchildren, John (Karen) Egley, Molly (Jamie) Brummond, Sarah (Josh) DenHartog, Jessie (Mike) Saer, Jarrod (Emily) Egley, Josh (Emily) Egley and Mary Beth (Joe) Petronis; 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Evelyn Pollard of Lincoln.

Fred was preceded in death by his spouse, Marie; a brother, Max; and a son, Thomas, who died on March 18, 2018, in Mission Viejo, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Norfolk YMCA or the Norfolk Public Schools Foundation.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.homeforfunerals.com.

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