Capt. Joseph E. Reagan

September 19, 1939 - March 25, 2023

09/19/1939 - 03/25/2023

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Funeral Service
Friday April 14, 2023
11:00 am
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church - Norfolk
6400 Newport Ave.
Norfolk, VA 23505
757-423-8305 | Directions

Joseph E Reagan, of Norfolk, VA, husband, father, grandfather, and retired US Navy Captain died peacefully in his sleep March 25, 2023. He proudly and selflessly served God and his country, and loved unconditionally his family and those whom they loved. Born in 1939 to J Emmett and Mary (Flanagan) Reagan he was raised in Chicago, learned to play the piano and was on the Fenwick High swim team. On the advice of his brother-in-law Roger he elected to attend St. Mary’s College in Winona, MN rather than Notre Dame (the family tradition.) ‘Tis true whether good fortune or a bit of Irish luck would have it he met the love of his life on a blind date at a baseball game his sophomore year – Clare Bednark a student at the nearby College of St Teresa. They married in 1961 in Little Falls, MN, Clare’s hometown. Joining the Navy in 1963 they spent the next 30 years of their married life touring the countryside courtesy of Uncle Sam and raising 6 children: Anne (Elizabeth) Salt Point, NY; Sheila (Michael) Norfolk; Bridget (Henry) Burt, Stonehaven,
Scotland; lan (Laura) Crownsville, MD; J. Emmett Reagan, Salt Point, NY; Andrew Jude, St. Paul, MN. For as much as he loved his kids he was overjoyed by his grandchildren: Michael, John Joseph, Laila, lain, Marianne, Andrew, and Grace. Papa Joe considered them one of
God’s greatest gifts, with the exception of the Chicago Cubs winning the 2016 World Series. He was known for his attention to detail, his great sense of humor, and open mind. As busy as a supply corps officer could be there was always time for a catch. a game of ping pong, a cribbage match or songs around the baldwin piano. After his Navy career he treasured his time working as financial administrator at Holy Trinity in Ocean View. As a Navy Officer among his many tours were the USS Pandemus, Charleston SC; USS Forest Sherman, Newport, RI; US Navy Supply Corps School, Athens, GA; George Washington Univ, MBA, USS Puget Sound, Norfolk, VA; The Pentagon; and his last tour as Commanding Officer of the Atlantic Fleet Accounting and Disbursing, (FAADCLANT) Norfolk Naval Station. Captain Reagan is predeceased by his parents Emmett & Mary, his treasured in laws JB (John) and Catherine; his sister Maryann and brother in law Roger, his grandchildren Ginny and Khalil and his beautiful shelties Nancy Whiskey and bonnie Jean. He is survived by Clare, his bride of 62 years, his six children and 7 grandchildren, his wonderful cousins and the much loved Hipskind clan; as well as many friends considered family met in the line of duty and throughout neighborhoods and naval bases.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be held for Capt. Reagan at 11:00 am on Friday, April 14, 2023 in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 6400 Newport Ave. in Norfolk, Virginia. At a later date, he will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Capt. Reagan’s name to St. Joseph’s Indian School by visiting Condolences may be left for the family at


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1 month ago

My wife Margaret and I extend of deepest sympathy to Captain Reagan’s family on his passing. Captain Reagan and I served together on Puget Sound. He was always a true gentleman and looked out for the best interest of the navy personnel assigned to him.

CDR Robert Armour SC USN RET.(supply officer US Puget Sound)

Frank Roberts
1 month ago

So sorry for your loss Clare and family!
Now Becky can be his FAADCLANT secretary. again.

Frank and Annette Roberts

Anne Giles
1 month ago

I am sorry for your loss. Joe was such a good person. May you find pease.

Raymond Michelini
2 months ago

Claire and family. So very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Joe and I served on the USS Puget Sound (AD-38), a great ship, together, from 77-79: He as ASO, and me as Repair Officer. He was a great officer and I enjoyed working with him, often to support demanding ship repair projects under tight schedules.
Ray Michelini
Captain, USN (Ret)
Virginia Beach, VA

Joan and Jim Daffron
2 months ago

May God help you and Joe’s family during this time. You and Joe were such a wonderful example to all of us at Holy Trinity.—and a great team!
Jim and Joan Daffron

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
2 months ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,

 May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Capt. Joseph E. Reagan, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts

and prayers to the family of ….

US Navy Veteran, Capt. Joseph E. Reagan, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Alison Watt
2 months ago

So incredibly sorry to hear of your loss. Papa Joe was a true gentleman and I was honoured to have spent time with him both in Scotland and in VA.

Mary and Sam
2 months ago

We are so sorry for your loss. We send our prayers and love to the kids and Claire.