Donald ‘Mike’ Fagan, 76, Osage City: Nov. 2, 1947 – March 18, 2024 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Donald ‘Mike’ Fagan, 76, Osage City: Nov. 2, 1947 – March 18, 2024

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Donald “Mike” Fagan, 76, of Osage City, passed away March 18, 2024, at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Nov. 2, 1947, in Winston Salem, N.C. He was the only child of Donald M. and Leola (Swanson) Fagan.

In 1955, the family moved to a farm near Burlingame, Kan., where Mike attended Burlingame schools and graduated with the class of 1965. He enlisted in the Navy Reserves and requested his active duty be in Vietnam, serving a year in the Brown Water Navy, River Division 535 on PBR boats from November 1968 to November 1969.

After nearly three years of dating, Mike and Linda Peterson were married Oct. 14, 1968, and celebrated 55 years of marriage. They were blessed with three daughters.

Since the 1970s, Mike was employed in some part of the rock production. He started as a truck driver and worked his way through every job in the quarry, and became plant manager. In 1978, he moved to Neodesha, Kan., to become plant manager at a quarry for Midwest Minerals. In 1991, he returned to Osage County and supervised many quarries in northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri for Martin Marietta. He retired in 2009 as a production superintendent for several quarries for Martin Marietta.

Upon the death of his father in 1996, he took charge of the farming and cattle operations at the family farm.

Mike was all about fun. A lifelong dream to become a private pilot was accomplished in 1991. He was a Chiefs fan and enjoyed years of games and tailgating with his girls and other family members. He loved water and boats, and spent lots of time on the lakes locally and The Lake of the Ozarks skiing and tubing with the family. He snow skied the slopes of New Mexico, river rafted in Colorado, rode the rollercoaster on the top of the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, snorkeled and ziplined in Hawaii, parasailed in Alabama, and partied on the streets of New Orleans.

Mike is survived by wife, Linda, of the home; daughters, Chelle (Bret) Rollins, Chanute, Kan., Angel (Brian) Poertner, Osage City, and Becky (Justin) Speer, Emporia, Kan.; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and many cousins and friends.

Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home, 503 S. Topeka Ave., Burlingame. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 25, at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, 309 S. Sixth St., Osage City.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Operation Black Sheep in care of Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home, PO Box 194, Burlingame, KS 66413. Condolences can be left at lamb-roberts.com.

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