FAIR HAVEN - Will Conner Hagenlocher, beloved father, fiancé, brother, uncle and friend, passed away suddenly on March 11, 2013, while recovering from an illness.
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He is survived by his daughter, Makenzie Wakefield-Hagenlocher; his fiancée, Elizabeth Klebart, and her daughter Angel Beebe and son L.J. Beebe; and his siblings Holly Hagenlocher Keeler (George) of Danby, VT, Christian Hagenlocher (Liz) of Gig Harbor, WA, and Mark Hagenlocher (Amy) of Northfield, VT; as well as one niece and six nephews.
Will was born November 17, 1964, in Rochester, N.Y. At age 10, the family moved to Illinois, where he graduated from The Principia Upper School in 1982. In 1985, the family moved to Vermont. In 1986, following his graduation with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Principia College, Elsah, IL, he worked at Pico Mountain making snow for the ski slopes and then worked in their athletic club. Will also worked for Barsalow Auctions in Hydeville, VT. Many knew him as a bouncer for area clubs.
His passion was performing as a drummer in various bands, including Midnight Justice, Jimmy T and the Cobras, Rattlesnake Ridge, Exit Only, Ziggy Jagger, and 3 Sheets 2 the Wind, to name a few. In 2005, after performing locally, and then regionally, Will's band, Rattlesnake Ridge, toured nationally, performing in large venues and opening for well-known acts.
In 2007, Will and his sister Holly purchased The Wallingford Locker, a retail butcher shop and smokehouse.
There will be no calling hours. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be a Memorial Jamboree at the end of April to honor Will's connection to his large circle of friends and fellow musicians.
Published in Rutland Herald on Mar. 20, 2013