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Lowell Dale Hagerman, 82 of Warrensburg, passed away Friday, July 13, 2018 at his home. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Grover Park Baptist Church in Warrensburg with the Dr. Randall S. Neal officiating. An open casket visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the service at the church. Burial will take place in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in rural Polk County just southwest of Aldrich, MO.
Dale was born September 29, 1935 near Aldrich, MO in Polk County the son of the late Lowell and Zola Mae (Dobbins) Hagerman. He grew to adulthood in the Eudora community and graduated from elementary and high school from Morrisville Schools. Dale and Joyce Lynn Aurig of Pilot Grove, MO married April 25, 1980. He was a Christian of Baptist faith, active in Churches where he lived and worked. He has been a longtime member of Grover Park Baptist Church and a 40 year member of the Optimist Club in Warrensburg. He attended college at SMS and University of Missouri. He was granted a Bachelors in Education (Vocational Agriculture) and a Masters in Agricultural Economics from University of Missouri.
He served in the U.S. Army for 2 years from 1958-1960 as a military pay specialist. He was active in the transition from an army-wide pay system based on cash payments issued directly to personnel. This old existing pay system was changed during 1958-59 to computerization. The new system utilized vouchers prepared on a typewriter by the local pay specialist which then went to a multi-state regional Army finance center where the data was key punched onto a punch card, run through a central computer which then issued another punch card which was the serviceman’s pay check. This was considered great progress and did eliminate problems of keeping up with large amounts of cash at each local army unit. Dale served as Instructor of Vocational Agriculture at Golden City, MO High School and at Skyline High School, Urbana, Missouri. He was employed 34 years and 7 months by University of Missouri Extension Division as an Extension Farm Management Specialist. In this position his primary responsibility was to provide information and teach management skills, which increase the overall profitability of farmers. Sometimes these activities provided a onetime answer to current farm or home problems but the intention was to teach clients improved management skills and practices which could be used many times over. Dale enjoyed this work, which was sometimes described as “Helping people help themselves.”
Dale is survived by his wife Joyce of the home, one brother Ed (Sherry) Hagerman of Bolivar, MO; one sister in-law, Jeana (Ken) Bishop of Hartsburg, MO; three nieces, Christy (Richard) Mitchell of Bolivar, MO, Kim (Scott) Buell of Franklin, TN and Rachel (Joe) Kinney of Hartsburg, MO; one nephew York (Sara) Rehklau of Washington, MO as well seven great nieces and nephews. Memorials are suggested to Grover Park Baptist Church Building Fund or NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association) Alzheimer’s Research. Dale will be laid to rest by his niece, Rachel and her husband Joe who own Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 616 Jackson St., Columbia, MO 65203.
Tabatha Nichols Townlain says
So sorry to hear about your brother-in-law/uncle’s passing. Thinking of Rachel, York & Jeana and the rest of the family at this time. My prayers are with you all!
Phil and Sandy Bos says
Dear Joyce, You were both such a blessing of friendship through the Sunday School class at Grover Park in Warrensburg. Praying for your peace through strength in Father God, Savior Jesus, and Holy Spirit.
Gloria Short says
Losing Dale is a great loss to us all. My prayers are for your peace and comfort from God. May he give you grace and strength. We will be there if you should need us for anything. Do not hesitate to ask. Being a widow previously, I know how hard it is to ask for help from others.
Krystal Knight says
I have many fond memories of Mr. Dale greeting me at church with a warm handshake and a friendly smile. His selfless love for the Lord and people are a testimony to all who knew him. I look forward to seeing him again, and know he is rejoicing in Glory!!
Mike Hutchko says
Our sincerest condolences to Joyce and the rest of the family. I knew Dale while attending Grover Park Baptist Church for many years as well as through the Missouri Extension Office in Warrensburg. We pray that the family will take comfort in knowing that Dale is enjoying his walk with Our Lord now and that he is not gone forever as one day, all will be with God in the Glorious day of Redemption. May the peace that surpasses all understanding be with and comfort those close to Dale at this time.
George and Judy Clossin says
We first got to know Dale by eating with him and Joyce at Wednesday night Fellowship Dinners. We looked forward to hearing his stories and sharing ours with him. We appreciated his sense of humor. Dale and I (Judy) also picked up tornado debris together when our church volunteered to assist rural victims. He seemed to just be there where he was needed, and spent many selfless, tiring hours tending the church garden to help feed others. We will miss his welcoming smiles and handshakes! We are glad that we will get to spend eternity with him and that he is with God and loved ones. Our love and sympathy to Joyce and Family.
Gale Yocum says
Dale was a great man! He was a great man of God! He was a great Bible scholar! He was a very wise man! He was a man of many words! He was a great Christian man! He was a great friend! When I started attending Grove Park, he was the first person to shake my hand and made me feel welcome. When I needed a helping hand, Dale was there to extend the hand I needed. His advise was always true and dependable. I have been his Sunday School teacher for the past 25 years; I will greatly miss him and his friendship and support!
Janet claunch says
So sorry to hear Dale had passed.he was always smiling and always offered a hand shake. Grover Park and all that knew him have lost a true friend and a follower of our Lord.
Brent Bullard says
Dale was a rock of a man. He was kind, stable, and founded on Christ. He was such an encourager and extremely wise. He was a man of God who would take the time to do things behind the scenes that others rarely knew about. He would volunteer his time to come to the church and do small things like spray the weeds every year. He and Joyce are such a blessing to Grover and the community. Our love and prayers to Joyce in this difficult time.
Mike Thompson says
My deepest condolences to Joyce and family. Dale was a wonderful man. I was honored to get to know him during my Optimist club days in Warrensburg. I looked up to him as a member of the club, as a member of the community and knowing he was just a great human being. He will be missed by many. I became a better person by knowing Dale.
Randy and Brenda Vaughn and Family says
Our prayers of comfort to Joyce and the family! We are going to so miss Dale warm smile and hand shakes! He was a great friend and Christian and inspiration to others! Having him as friend just made that part of your life better! I watch the video and there was one picture that took my breath away was one of Dale and Joyce and I could see the love in his expression of how he felt for his sweet wife!