|Birth: ||Sep. 12, 1874|
|Death: ||Feb. 14, 1927|
COLONEL HEGEMAN DIES
Retired Officer Famed for War Services
Portland Man Decorated for Work As Motor Transport Chief in World Conflict
Lieutenant-Colonel Harry A. Hegeman, United States Army, retired, an outstanding figure in the army's motor transport service in France during the [1st] world war, and well-known in Vancouver, especially in lodge circles, died at his home at 911 Vancouver Avenue Saturday morning following an extended illness.
Colonel Hegeman was born in Wisconsin September 12, 1874, a son of Peter J. Hegeman Jr. and Antha Rafella (Dolson) Hegeman. He moved to Brookings County, Dakota Territory, with his parents in 1877, twelve years before it achieved statehood.
Following graduation from South Dakota State College in 1898, he enlisted in the South Dakota volunteer infantry for service during the Spanish [-American] war. As a captain in the First Dakota Infantry from May 19, 1898, until July 12, 1899, he saw extensive service in the Philippines. As a result of his previous experience he took an active part in the reconstruction and running of the Manila-Dagupan railroad which had been destroyed by the natives.
He transferred to the 36th United States infantry as captain in 1899.
During General Pershing's Mexican expedition in 1916, he was ordered to San Antonio, Texas, where he earned the distinction of being the first officer successfully to move an infantry unit by motor truck.
At the outbreak of the [1st] world war he was, in 1918, placed in command of the motor transport services at Bourges, France, and he established a tremendous shop for the handling of repairs. It was there that cars were issued and returned for repairs for the entire American expeditionary force. During the war he was advanced to the rank of colonel. He was granted the distinguished service medal for the exceptionally fine record he made for executive and administrative work. He retired from active service with the rank of lieutenant-colonel on June 22, 1920. Since that time he has been engaged as an insurance adjuster.
Colonel Hegeman was a member of the Vancouver lodge of Elks; Scout Young camp, United Spanish War Veterans; the Masonic lodge at Brookings, S. D.; the Scottish Rite consistory and the Knights Templar, Washington, D. C; Al Kader Shrine, Portland; Martha Washington chapter, Eastern Star; and of the A. O. U. W. He also was an active member of the Presbyterian church.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Isobel M. Hegeman; two daughters, Irene and Dorothy Hegeman of Portland; his mother, Mrs. A. R. Hegeman of Seattle; and two sisters, Mrs. Boyden, wife of Dr. F. E. Boyden, Portland, and Mrs. W. F. Allison, Seattle.
Funeral services were held at the Masonic temple in Vancouver Monday afternoon, with a large throng of friends in attendance. The military escort was composed of the third battalion, Seventh infantry, under command of Major Oscar W. Hoop. Burial with full military honors was in the military cemetery.
Peter Johnson Hegeman (1849 - 1923)
Antha Rafella Dolson Hegeman (1852 - 1936)
Isabel Idella Mae Humphrey Hegeman (1878 - 1943)
Irene Adriana Hegeman Gray (1900 - 1983)*
Dorothy Dolores Hegeman Johnson (1904 - 1991)*
Harry Adrian Hegeman (1874 - 1927)
Maude Eva Hegeman Boyden (1877 - 1959)*
Mabel Irene Hegeman Allison (1880 - 1970)*
Myrtle Antha Hegeman (1883 - 1894)*
William A. Hegeman (1886 - 1895)*
Fort Vancouver Military Cemetery
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