|Birth: ||Mar. 27, 1923|
|Death: ||Oct. 15, 2008|
Willard M. Hagman, 85, Aitkin, completed his final mission on Wed., Oct. 15, 2008, at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Willard was born March 27, 1923, in Minneapolis, Minn., the son of Charles and Josephine (Peterson) Hagman. He grew up in the Aitkin area attending grade school at Kimberly and then high school in Aitkin graduating in 1941. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served during World War II. He served in the 8th Air Force as a bombardier on a B-17. He flew 35 missions. He was discharged in 1945 and married Lois E. Nickander on May 26, 1945, at Kimberly. They dairy farmed in Kimberly Township until 1979. Willard also drove a school bus for 18 years. Willard was a life member of the American Legion and VFW Posts in Aitkin; had served on the Kimberly Church Board, the Saron Cemetery Board, the Kimberly Township board for 27 years and the Aitkin School Board. Willard had also served on the Mille Lacs Electric Board for 35 years and on the UPA/GRE Board for many years. He was also a member of the Minnesota Chapter of the 8th Air Force. He enjoyed woodworking and playing cards.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Hagman, Aitkin; son and daughter-in-law, Lance and Tracy Hagman, Hinckley; daughters and sons-in-law: Terry and Howard Sylvester, Sauk Rapids; Barb and Will Byler, Apple Valley; and Debbie and Hugh Janzen, Aitkin; 12 grandchildren: Alysa Swenson, Scott Sylvester, LaJean Larsen, Janean Dyke, Darren Byler, Steve Janzen, Chris Hagman, Sarah Emery, Adam Janzen, Charlie Hagman, Bethany Hagman and Alex Hagman; 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Josephine Hagman; one brother, Harris Hagman; and two great-grandchildren: Nicholas Janzen and Damon Byler.
Funeral services will be held on Sat., Oct. 18, 2008, at 10 a.m. from First Lutheran Church with the Rev. Sandy Berg-Holte officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery in Kimberly Township. Pallbearers will be Steve Janzen, Scott Sylvester, Chris Hagman, Darren Byler, Charlie Hagman, Alex Hagman and Adam Janzen.
Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legions Posts. Visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service led by Rev. Lance Isaacson at 7:30 p.m. at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
Lois E. Nickander Hagman (1925 - 2014)*
Created by: DaveVangsness
Record added: Oct 17, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30649613
Thinking of you often Dad. Especially when I look at old pictures and wish I could ask you about them.|
Added: Apr. 10, 2011