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Francis M. “Butch” Regan, Jr.

Francis M. “Butch” Regan, Jr., 74, of Avoca died on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital, Wilkes-Barre. Born in Avoca, December 11, 1946 he was the son of the late Francis and Sophie (Gregory) Regan.

Butch was a member of Queen of The Apostles Parish Church, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and an altar server for many years. He was a 1966 graduate of Northeast High School, Duryea. After graduating high school, Butch joined the US Army and served during the Vietnam War from 1967-1969. He worked most of his life as a professional butcher, working for many years for Acme Markets throughout Pennsylvania and he retired from Valley Meat and Deli, Avoca.


Butch was an active member of the Avoca Lions Club and served as president from 2010-2011. He enjoyed playing the game of horseshoes at the Brown’s Club, Avoca and volunteering his time at the annual Pig Roast and Chicken dinners for Queen of The Apostles Parish Church, Avoca. He enjoyed working in his yard and vegetable garden. Butch was a diehard Philadelphia Eagles, Notre Dame Football and NY Yankees fan. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.


In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Margaret (Woods) Regan, who died in 1988 and his brothers Michael Regan and Joseph “Ike” Regan.


He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Donna (Pollard) Regan; his daughter Colleen Regan Velehoski and her companion Robert Evans, of Avoca; step daughters Jenny Rosengrant and her husband David, of Plains, Amy Ott and her husband Timothy, of Moosic and Terri Johnson, of Moosic; and grandchildren Logan and Sam Ott, Caleb and Kaylee Johnson and Sierra and Cael Rosengrant. Also surviving is his brother Patrick Regan and his wife Ann of Plains, his sister-in–law Paula Regan, and nephew Joey Regan.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Avoca Ambulance Association, 740 Main St., Avoca, PA 18641 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.


A mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, May 28th at 11:00am at Queen of The Apostles Parish Church, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca with Fr. Phillip Sladicka officiating. Friends my call on Friday morning, May 28th from 9:30am until time of mass. Interment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Avoca with the AMVETS honor guard of greater Pittston providing military honors.



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