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November 27, 1923 - January 16, 2016 William L. Hagey, 92, died Saturday, January 16, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. Mr. Hagey was born in Santa Monica, Calif., to Irene Stephan of Kansas, and Harold Hagey of Nebraska. He was raised by his grandfather, Michael Stephan, and was very close to his mother's family. He married Tillie Ruelas in 1965, in Huntington Park. Bill Hagey was a naval radarman during World War II. His ship, the USS Tallulah, refueled warships in battles of the Gilbert Islands, the Marianas, the invasion of the Philippines, and assaults on Iwo Jima and Okinawa. After the war, he stayed in the Navy and was on the USS Shangri-La during atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in 1946. Mr. Hagey was an aircraft worker at Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica, and assembled DC-8 jetliners, Nike Zeus missiles, and the Saturn S-IVB Moon rocket. In the 1960s, Mr. Hagey became a Marine Clerk, managing the loading and unloading of massive cargo ships at Los Angeles Harbor. He was a member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Marine Clerks Association Local 63. He retired in 1986. Mr. Hagey is survived by Tillie, his wife of 50 years, of Tucson, Ariz.; a sister, Patsy Hudson, of Culver City; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at Desert Rose Heather Mortuary in Tucson. No flowers, please. Donations can be made to Humane Society of Southern Arizona, 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 27 to Jan. 31, 2016
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