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Archive for Wednesday, July 10, 1996

WILLIAM R. HAGMAN

July 10, 1996

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— Services for William R. Hagman, 86, Pittsburg, will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Presbyterian Church, Pittsburg. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery.

Mr. Hagman died Sunday, July 7, 1996, at Mount Carmel Medical Center.

He was born May 4, 1910, in Deepwater, Mo., the son of William T. and Agnes D. Smith Hagman.

He moved to Pittsburg in 1914 and lived there most of his life. He graduated from Pittsburg High School, attended Kansas State Teachers College, now Pittsburg State University, and graduated from Kansas University in 1932.

He served as a trustee of the KU Endowment Association and the KU School of Business and on its board of advisers. He was past national president of the KU Alumni Association and received the Fred Ellsworth Medallion, the association's highest service award. He was a lifetime member of KU's Williams Educational Fund and the Chancellor's Club. He also served as president of the Kansas State Teachers College Endowment Assn. in 1974.

Mr. Hagman was a Navy lieutenant who served from 1944 to 1946 in the South Pacific.

He entered the family business, Hagman's Inc., in 1932, and retired as chairman of the board in 1994. He served on the board of directors of First State Bank, Pittsburg, Small Business Assn. Advisory Council, Bottenfield's Inc. and National Association of Tobacco Distributors. He was inducted into the NATD's Hall of Fame.

He was involved in Republican Party politics on the local, state and national level.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, where he was a deacon, elder and served on the board of trustees.

He was a 65-year member of the Pittsburg Lodge A.F. & A.M. No. 187 and the York Rite bodies. Other memberships included the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Rotary Club, Crestwood Country Club, Mount Carmel Foundation and Chamber of Commerce, all in Pittsburg, and the Kansas City Club and Larned Club of Lawrence.

He married Avys Rae Taylor in 1933. She survives, of the home.

Other survivors include three sons, Kenneth R. and William R. Jr., both of Pittsburg, and John R., Overland Park; a daughter, Sharon R. Redmond, Mission Hills; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Friends may call after 11 a.m. today at Brenner Chapel, Pittsburg, where the family will receive friends today after the 7 p.m. Rose Croix Service conducted by the Scottish Rite bodies.

The family suggests memorials to the Presbyterian Church Music Fund or to Mirza Temple Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund. They may be sent in care of Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, which is in charge of arrangements.

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