Howard Harold Hagerman of Holt, Michigan | 1928 - 2018 | Obituary

Howard Harold Hagerman
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Howard Harold Hagerman

September 10, 1928 - December 06, 2018

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Howard Harold Hagerman passed into the next life on Thursday, December 6, 2018. He was a remarkable man who lived 90 full, adventurous years. 


He was born in Moline, Illinois on September 10, 1928. He served in the Navy as a SeaBee and became the first member of his family to attend college, graduating from Western Illinois University with a Master of Science degree in 1954.  While there, he also met and married his life’s love, Joan.  He subsequently received his PhD from Purdue University.  He taught biology at Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University until his retirement in 1996 as Professor Emeritus.


He faithfully served God as an elder in the Church of Christ for over 48 years, first at Holmes Road Church of Christ and, for the last 15 years, at Greater Lansing Church of Christ. He was a Bible scholar and taught many people, both in classes and individually.  His passion for the Lord’s work was legendary.


He also took an active interest in Christian education, having been a member of the Board of Trustees for Rochester College for many years as well as working with his wife to support the School of the Good Samaritan in Catacamas, Honduras.


He loved learning and teaching. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great   grandfather and a wonderful friend to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.  He was an avid gardener, cook, reader, and traveler.  He had an insatiable curiosity about life and the world around him.


He will be greatly missed by his wife of 65 years, Joan, his sons Daniel (Lois) and David (Robyn Eckhardt), his granddaughters, Lauren Hagerman-Tekelly (Joseph), Bethany Hagerman-Rossetti (Nick), Rose-Marie Hagerman, and his great grandson, Joseph Harold Tekelly.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Mabel Hagerman.


The family welcomes visitors to remember him on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, from 5 - 8 PM at Palmer, Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Home, Holt Chapel and then to celebrate his life in a service on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11 AM, also at the funeral home. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service. Donations in his memory may be made to Rochester College or to Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University.