Ronald A. Hagaman

April 26, 1932January 15, 2021

Ronald A. Hagaman passed away January 15, 2021 peacefully. Ron was born April 26, 1932 in Pioneer, Ohio, the son of Elgie F and Madeline (Decker) Hagaman. He was preceded in death by Betty (Stehlik), his wife of 56 years.

Ron graduated from Hillsdale High School in in 1951. He attended Hillsdale College where he played both football and basketball. He was drafted into the Army and is a veteran of the Korean Conflict. When he returned from his military service he attended and graduated from Michigan State University with both a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees. His affinity towards Hillsdale College and Michigan State University lasted his entire life. He was a strong supporter of both institutions.

Ron and Betty lived in Peoria where Ron worked for and retired from Caterpillar. Ron and Betty moved to East Lansing in 1997 after retiring. Ron enjoyed golf and he and Betty loved spending time with family and friends, gardening, traveling and volunteering at several organizations. Ron was a thoughtful, friendly and generous person. He made a positive, personal impact on his family and friends, and to many not-for-profit organizations through his many philanthropic causes.

Ron was preceded in death by his brother Richard and sisters Edith Bell, Pauline Fisk and Maxine Titus. He is survived by his twin brother Donald and sister Doris Stuchell, numerous nieces and nephews, and his dear friend Barbara Joseph.

Due to Covid restrictions, a family funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM January 25, 2021 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, 1730 East Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI. Interment will be at Ford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5302 S. Cedar St. Lansing, MI.

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Gail Ehret

March 4, 2021

Ron Hagaman Family: I just recently learned that Ron had passed away via a friend at MSU. For many years, I managed the Plant Pathology Research Orchards along College Road at MSU, and Ron was one of the Volunteer 'Gleaners' for the Greater Lansing Food Bank who harvested surplus fruit to donate to needy people. Ron was a very generous person who made contributions to our Department at MSU which supported our research effort. Ron frequently harvested fruit in near proximity to me in the orchards and shared his love of MSU and Caterpillar Corporation from which he retired. Ron was an upbeat and friendly guy who got along with all the volunteers and was appreciated by all of the friends which he so easily made. His passing is a huge loss to the East Lansing Community! We send out our sincere sympathies and condolences to his extended family in this time of great loss.
Gail & Nancy Ehret

Tim Hagaman

January 29, 2021

Uncle Ron will be missed greatly as a good listener with a great sense of humor while truly interested in your live. While living in Peoria we would celebrate holidays with Betty in which Ron called her “breeze”. They would attend our football practices and games and try to teach us the principles of math. I remember returning from my first 10 day Boy Scout Canadian Canoe Trip while my parents were traveling. I managed to eat a dozen Lester donuts at 12 years old that day. Ron called and said they would be picking me up to take me to the caterpillar tractor show and have dinner which I regained my appetite. He is in heaven gardening and playing golf with his loving & caring smile.

Thomas Hagaman

January 24, 2021

Uncle Ron always had such a relaxed and calm disposition, which made spending time with him a real treat. I remember several times that Mom and Dad had a weekend getaway, and Mary and I would spend the weekend at Ron and Bettys. We played billiards and ping pong in the basement. Played Euchre, and he tried to teach us bridge in there game room. Took us to Baskin Robins for ice cream, or went to the driving range to hit some balls. It was very memorable to go over there for Thanksgiving or Christmas, or any occasion. My Dad always enjoyed having him live so close to us, it really meant a lot to him. We watched hours of golf in his living room, when we wanted to change the channel but didn't. Ron always had a smile on his face, and the memories I have of him always leaves a smile on my face.

Sharon Hodges

January 24, 2021

Ron Hagaman was fun and always enjoyed seeing him with his brother Don .I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with him at Mary wedding. Rest in peace.

Brian Hagaman

January 24, 2021

Grant, O Lord of life, that we may savor every season of our lives as a gift filled with promise for the future. Grant that we may lovingly accept your will, and place ourselves each day in your merciful hands. And when the moment of our definitive “passage” comes, grant that we may face it with serenity, without regret for what we shall leave behind. For in meeting you, after having sought you for so long, we shall find once more every authentic good which we have known here on earth, in the company of all who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith and hope. Pray for us “now and at the hour of our death.” Keep us ever close to Jesus, your beloved Son and our bother, the Lord of life and glory. Amen

Mary Jane Willoughby

January 23, 2021

Ron and Betty would stay with us when there were family dinners.looking back I think it was very important that she entertain her family. Will be thinking of everyone on Monday. Take care.

GailAnne Caldwell

January 23, 2021

Uncle Ron was my mother Pauline’s brother. Over the years we had family get togethers & kept in touch with aunts & uncles. One time Uncle Ron took me to a driving range & laughed at how far I hit the ball. It went far! So I wasn’t sure if it was good or not. Ha! I will miss him. Gail Anne

Doris Stuchell

January 22, 2021

Wishing I could be there. Thinking about the family!

Linda Jolliff

January 22, 2021

Uncle Ron was one of my favorite uncles because he always challenged me intellectually and encouraged me to keep learning. He will be sadly missed, but will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

Kevin Klein

January 21, 2021

I’ve known Ron since ‘014 when he joined the Grange Acres lunch group; also played some golf together and he was a man with a big smile and an even bigger heart; my heartfelt condolences to Barb and all of the family; Ron will definitely be missed; again my deepest sympathy; ~ kevin klein ~