Harvey “Pa” Charles Hagedorn Sr., 93, of Necedah, WI passed away peacefully on January 13, 2019. He was born April 18, 1925 in Sullivan, WI to August and Lydia (née Buss) Hagedorn.
Harvey was preceded in death by his beloved wife Lois (née Becker) Hagedorn, his sons John, David, and Michael; grandsons John and Terry, and his brother Russel (Evelyn) Hagedorn of Jefferson, WI. He is survived by his daughters Pat, Suzie, Rozanne and his sons Dale and Harvey Jr.
Grandpa of John “JC,” Trisha; Erin; Danny (Alicia), Tammy (Joe), Terry "T Bird", Jesse "Grandpa Jessy" (Leahnoel), Nicole "Nickels worth"(Daniel); Mike, Christopher(Theresa), Kyla; Jeremy "Jerm" (Tiffany), Sara "Monkey" (Sean); Joe "Gator Joe" (Jennifer), James "Slim Jim"; Jennifer "Bo Jam", Megan" Maggie". Dear Great Grandpa of Mercedes; Megan, Ryan; Alyssa; Tyler, Drew; Ryan; Aiden, Tatianna, Lucas; Mc Kenzie; Rayne, Amy, Belle, Liberty, Natalie; Nathan, Mathew, Abby, Hailey. Precious Great-Great Grandpa of Madelynn Rae.
Harvey was a WWII veteran and served from July 5, 1943 until April 20, 1946. Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Hagedorn served in the Navy as an Air Crewman-Aerial Gunner. He served tours on both the USS Sangamon in the Philippine Sea in the Pacific Fleet and USS Princeton. He was assigned to Carrier Aircraft Service Units (CASU) 7, CASU 55, and CASU 21. AAM1/c Hagedorn decorations include American Area Campaign Medal, Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, and Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged at Great Lakes Naval Base April 20, 1946.
Harvey attended 2 years of high school and worked on his family farm. Harvey then worked as a landscaper, followed by a packager at a malted milk plant. Due to his father becoming ill, he returned to operate the family dairy farm of 20 cows. His patriotism and country’s call led him to enlist in the Navy at the age of 17. Upon his discharge he worked at the bar his father owned. Harvey later worked for a dry cleaner, as a chauffeur, beer truck driver, foundry worker, and salesman. He was a member of the VFW Post #10231 in Necedah.
Harvey was dear to many others and held many dear to him. He will be greatly missed and lives on in the hearts of those who called him Pa.
A visitation will be held from 12 pm to 2 pm on Thursday, January 24th, 2019 at Wisconsin Memorial Park, 13235 W Capitol Dr, Brookfield, WI 53005, with service beginning at 2 pm. Interment will follow at the Liberty Court in Gardens of Eternal Life on the park grounds. Sympathy donations to assist with funeral costs and support Harvey’s family in their time of loss or flowers may be sent to Becker Ritter Funeral Home.