Darrell L. Hagaman, 77, Independence, Mo., passed away Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013.|
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence; interment at Mound Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, Nov. 20, at the chapel.
The family suggests contributions to Outreach International, 129 W. Lexington Ave., Independence, MO 64050 or The Groves Hospice, 1415 W. White Oak, Independence, MO 64050.
Darrell was born Oct. 5, 1935, in Van Nuys, Calif. He attended UCLA, the University of California Northridge, San Jose St. and earned a B.A. in Religion from Graceland College. He served as a full-time Community of Christ minister throughout his life and also taught high school for two years in Lancaster, Calif. In his early years, he worked as a lifeguard at Santa Monica Beach, among other places. He loved youth ministry and developed hiking and high adventure backpacking programs for youth of the church and for children with diabetes. He also developed camping programs for children with cystic fibrosis. While living in Salem, Ore., he served as President of the Salem Forum on Refugee Affairs and was a member of the Lions Club. In Joplin, he served as President of the Habitat for Humanity. Darrell loved music and played the trumpet in bands and sang in choir. He practiced Tai Chi and loved his dogs. He was the official greeter for ten Dog & Cat Adopt-a-thons in St. Louis. He and his wife, Larrene, also served congregations in St. Louis for five years and Joplin for twenty years before moving to Independence after the Joplin tornado.
Darrell is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Larrene Hagaman of the home; daughter, Dara Ashby and husband, Blake, St. Louis, Mo.; universal children, Rosalie Thatcher, Chicago, Ill., Sokha Phoak, Everett, Wash., JoJo Sonillo, Manila, The Philippines, Shirley Johnson, Carthage, Mo., Julie Xiong and husband, Ty Thao, Overland Park, Kan., and Pamela Hookham and husband, Bob, Lincoln, Neb.; brothers, Wayne Hagaman and wife, Beverly, Huntington Beach, Calif., Gene Hagaman and wife, Nancy, Blue Springs Mo., and Ron Hagaman and wife, Yvonne, Independence, Mo.; sister, Lorraine Austin and husband, Bill, Independence, Mo.; two granddogs; and many universal grandkids and great-grandkids.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com.
Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel, 816-373-3600.
Published in The Examiner on Nov. 20, 2013