Barry K. Egeland


Barry K. Egeland, 79, of Sauk Centre, died peacefully, surrounded by his family after a short battle with cancer Jan. 6, 2024, at his home in Getty Township.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon Saturday, Jan. 13, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Greg Paffel officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery with military honors by the Sauk Centre United Veterans Honor Guard.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church.

Barry K. Egeland was born Nov. 30, 1944, in Alexandria, Louisiana, to Willard and Theresa (Evens) Egeland. He was a 1962 graduate of Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1966, majoring in accounting. Barry enlisted in the Navy in January 1967 and served as a supply officer on a guided missile destroyer until his discharge in November 1969. He married Lois Ann Lahr Oct. 4, 1969, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre.

In November 1969, Barry began a two-year program for electricians at Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. Upon graduating in 1971, he joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 292 and began a four-year apprenticeship program. In 1976, he moved to Getty Township and started Barry’s Electric, which he operated until his retirement in 2014.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Paul F. Donart VFW Post 2853, American Legion Post 67 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Barry enjoyed fishing, playing cards, reading, maintaining his lawn and garden, doing projects for his kids, and vacationing with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Lois Egeland; five children Kris (Jim) Harrington, Jeff (Jodi) Egeland, Greg (Tiffany) Egeland, Darin Egeland and Lori (Kurt) Althaus; nine grandchildren Brittany (Anthony), Joshua, Braeden, Anna, Brenna, Emma, Noah, Cody and Kylee; two great-grandchildren Lowlla and Camy, with a third due late summer that Barry was blessed to learn about over Christmas; and sister Janet Robbins of Cedar.

Barry was preceded in death by his parents Willard and Theresa Egeland; father and mother-in-law Al and Hyacinth Lahr; and brother-in-law Ralph Borgerding.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.