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Walter "Wally" Joseph Hageney

May 15, 1926January 13, 2021

Walter “Wally” J. Hageney, 94, of Davenport, IA, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at Ridgecrest Village. Cremation rites will be accorded with a Memorial Service planned at a later date due to COVID-19. Inurnment will be held at the Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the QC Honor Flight Program (Honor Flight of the Quad Cities c/o Ridgecrest Village 4130 Northwest Blvd. Davenport, IA 52806), which Wally had the chance to attend while at Ridgecrest. Online condolences may be expressed at www.weertsfh.com

Wally was born May 15, 1926, to Walter and Mary (Thomas) Hageney in Woodside Long Island, NY. He earned his High School education from St. Ann’s Academy in New York. After High School, Walter proudly served in the U.S Navy during WWII and Korea. On June 18, 1970, he was united in marriage to Marcia Liggett at Grace Lutheran Church in Davenport. Walter spent his career as a Travel Agency manager and tour guide for AAA in Muscatine from 1969 until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and 500 Card Club. Walter enjoyed traveling, gardening, doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles, and having breakfast with a group of Navy veteran friends every month.

Walter will be missed by his wife of 50 years, Marcia Hageney; daughters: Linda (Jerry) Rogers and Wendy (Josh) Garringer; step-daughter: Marla Brundies; step-son: Craig Liggett; grandchildren: Sean (Michelle) Hein, Heather Hein, Courtney (Jason) Rogers Becker, Mark (Christina) Koenig, Luke (Gi) Koenig and David Koenig; step-grandchildren: Naomi (David Riepe) Kamla and Aaron Kamla; great grandchildren: Rose Hein, Holly Hein, Brendan Sitar, Ava Becker, Isabella Koenig, Victoria Koenig, Elizabeth Koenig, Aamis Koenig, and Wyatt Koenig; and a step-great grandchild, Mason Kamla.

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Jan Westercamp

February 18, 2021

I was saddened to just hear of Wally’s passing. He was such a great guy and I enjoyed working with him at AAA for many years. After he retired I would enjoy his visits to the office where he would entertain us with his stories and jokes and wonderful laugh. My thoughts and prayers to his beautiful bride Marcia whom he loved dearly and his family. RIP Wally.

Kathleen Heagney

February 11, 2021

Marcia and Wally Hageney, Reston, VA sometime around 2000.

Kathleen Heagney

February 10, 2021

Dear Marcia and Family,

I was so sorry to learn of your loss. I am the Don Heagney family historian/genealogist and I was delighted to have met Wally and Marcia sometime around 2000 when they were in Virginia visiting Marcia's son, Craig. My dad, Don Heagney (first cousin to Wally and deceased in 2014 at age 94) , brother, Brian and his wife, Karen, so enjoyed catching up with Marcia and Wally on family stories!

We stayed in touch throughout the years sharing annual holiday letters and Wally and Marcia would occasionally share "HeagneyHageney" memorabilia. Their warmth and generosity was endearing!

I hope that you find comfort as you celebrate the beautiful memories of his life. I am also attaching of picture of Wally, myself, and my dad when we got together in Virginia. (If I can add more than one picture, I'll also add one with Don Heagney and Wally, and Marcia and Wally.)

Warmest Regards,

Kathleen Heagney
Springfield, VA

Peter Scallion

January 22, 2021

Hi, everyone. So sorry to hear that Uncle Wally passed. Hopefully he went peacefully with his beloved Marcia by his side.

Although we didn’t spend a lot time with Wally (or as Grandma and mom called him, “Brother”) growing up since he moved to Iowa, I will always recall his gregarious nature, his sharp laugh, and his silly ways. As Tom said, he was a great story teller, and boy, did he have stories (and jokes!) to tell! He loved sharing his photos (in the old school slide carousel) of the many cruises he led along the coast of Alaska for AAA.

I also recall that Wally loved jigsaw puzzles and would shellack and frame them when he finished them.

As a member of the Greatest Generation of WWII vets, Uncle Wally was in the thick of action in naval battles in the Pacific theater and saw the horror of war up close and personal.

Interesting side note: Uncle Wally and dad went to Saint Ann’s Academy (a former high school on the Upper Side of Manhattan) at the same time! Dad was Class of 1941, Wally was 1943. Of course, they didn’t know each other at the time since dad met mom a few years later. Wally is in a class photo in dad’s yearbook—you can spot Wally with his large ears!

R.I.P. Uncle Wally. I’m sure he and mom have the angels laughing!

Love,
Peter

Kathy Northrop

January 22, 2021

Eric, that was just wonderful, I loved hearing about your experiences with Uncle Wally , he will be missed!
Love, Aunt Kathy

Eric Wayman

January 22, 2021


The last time I remember seeing Uncle Wally was in New Hampshire for a wedding or graduation, but I can't remember the last time he made it out to visit. Maybe someone else can. Speaking of The Greatest Generation of WWII vets, I do remember during that time that when I asked him about his experience in the War, he was very open about recounting his experiences and he even had some pictures that he showed me. He said he lied about his age to enlist, as he was only 17 at the time. He was also in the thick of combat and said he showed down three Japanese planes and remembered a Kamikaze striking one of the nearby boats.
But as others have mentioned the thing I most remember about Uncle Wally is his boisterous laugh and great sense of humor. A few memories stick out. One was back in the 90's, when Grandma and Grandpa Wayman still lived in Michigan. We made a trip out to Iowa to visit Uncle Wally and Aunt Marcia as well. Uncle Wally was driving Dave and I and he blew passed a red light and told us not to tell Mom. "It was an orange light" after all. I wouldn't want to be a snitch, but I think the statute of limitations has passed on that one!
Even before, I remember Uncle Wally was an unwitting accomplice in some of the games Uncle Peter, Dave and I used to play at Grandma and Grandpa's house in Norwalk. Dave and I were on some sort of covert mission orchestrated by Uncle Peter and we had to go from Grandma's bed room to the living room unseen to recover some special object. Uncle Pete was the decoy and distracted Uncle Wally while we crawled in on our hands and knees, made it safely in and out while the adults were none the wiser! I don't remember if it was that time or another, but at some point Uncle Peter tagged Uncle Wally's back with a Post-it note that said "kick me" on it. He was a great sport and responded with his characteristic laugh! Dave and Uncle Peter can correct me if I'm misremembering anything, as it was so many years ago.

Tom, Rosie, and Alex Seallion

January 22, 2021

Very sorry to hear about Uncle’s Wally’s passing. Like Maureen had said, I remember his hearty laugh and good humor. He was a great story teller and used to regale us with his WW II naval experiences. An end to an era. He will be in our prayers.

Love,

Tom, Rosie, and Alex

Ruthann Neumann

January 19, 2021

I was so saddened to get the call of Wally’s passing. Jim and I shared so many wonderful trips with he and Marcia. These included trips by car and ship, of which he got us started cruising. We developed a truly close bond that felt like family. He was loved by so many and will truly be missed. Rest peacefully my dear friend.

Russ Finkler

January 18, 2021

I was saddened to hear of Wally's passing. I am a friend from Grace Lutheran. I'd have a difficult time naming someone friendlier and more upbeat than Wally. Being around him and talking with with was always an uplifting (and many time humorous) experience. My sincerest Christian sympathy to Marcia and the family.

Penny Lundeen

January 17, 2021

Wally was one of my favorite people ever! Marcia too! I became their housekeeper many, many years ago and we had so many good times. Jerry and I took care of Marcia’s mother (Grandma Rosie) when they traveled and they always brought me a gift from their travels. I took photos for Walgreens at the Honor Flights and was so excited to see Wally and take his picture for his flight. I even had my picture taken with him and it’s one of my favorites. Love you Wally and I love Marcia too. My heart and my prayers are with you Marcia and the family. ❤️🙏🏻

FROM THE FAMILY