Samuel Joseph Gilligan, Jr., age 84, a lifelong resident of Mankato, died Sunday, October 2, 2022 at his home.
Visitation will be held from 1-3pm, Friday, October 14, 2022 at Northview ~ North Mankato Mortuary. Burial will follow at Woodland Hills Memorial Park with military honors provided by the Mankato Area Veterans Memorial Rifle Squad.
Samuel was born in Northfield to Samuel and Eva (Tupy) Gilligan. He graduated from Mankato High School and later served in the US Army from 1963-1965, stationed in Germany. Samuel married Barbara Hasert in April 1960, and they were later divorced in 1991. He worked for the United States Postal Service from 1966 until his retirement in 1994. Samuel enjoyed fishing, bowling, and classic cars.
He is survived by his son, Patrick (Jenni) Gilligan; daughter, Amy (Marc) Sherwood; grandchildren, Layne and Jackson Sherwood, and Brynna and Matthew Gilligan; former wife, Barbara Marczak; special friend, Evie Pierson; sisters, Margo Bunde and Sharon Gilligan; and niece, Carrie Stone.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dennis Gilligan; brother-in-law, Ken Bunde; and two infant daughters.