Herschel Wiley Bagby

March 13, 1929October 26, 2018
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Colonel (Ret) Herschel W. Bagby, born March 13, 1929, died October 26, 2018.

A visitation will be held at Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home in Merritt Island, FL on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 2-4PM with a service at 4PM. After which, Mr. Bagby will be transported to Evansville, Indiana for a service at Alexander Funeral home on Saturday, November 10 with a visitation from 2-4PM. Colonel Bagby will then be cremated and his remains sent to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

Hersh was born to the late Walter S. Bagby and Pauline Moss on March 13, 1929 in Evansville, IN. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on December 31, 1951 and took basic training at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He was selected to attend the Officer Training Course at Ft. Benning, GA and graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant on January 30, 1953. After serving in Korea he was assigned to Hawaii with the 25th infantry Division where he met and married June Saley. Together they traveled the world during his more than 26 years of service. He received his B.A. degree in Business Administration from the University of Omaha, Nebraska. Besides serving twice in Korea, he served in Germany, Vietnam and at the Pentagon. At the Pentagon he headed a task force to develop the Army Total Force document that drove a major realignment of forces between the Active, Reserves and the National Guard for the DOD. He completed the Command and General Staff College short course at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas and the National Air War College at Maxwell AF Base, Montgomery, AL. He was honored by being inducted into the OCS Infantry Hall of Fame at Ft. Benning, GA in February 1976. During the years of his service, Hersh either led or commanded every echelon of structure from infantry squad up to and including a Mechanized Infantry Brigade of some 5000 soldiers. After serving as Senior Army Advisor to the Adjutant General for the State of Georgia he retired as a full Colonel in the summer of 1976 and joined his family in St. Petersburg, FL and later lived in Pinellas Park.

He had an upholstery business and laundromat. He loved singing and became active in karaoke and stage productions, which he continued to do after he and June moved to Summit Greens in Clermont, FL in 2000. In 2016 he and June moved to Merritt Island, FL.

In addition to his wife June of 63 years, Hersh is survived by his son Steven and his wife Rose, son Gregory and his wife Nora, son Michael and his wife Kellee, daughters Brenda Baldwin and Candace Cartwright. Grandchildren include Lisa Schuh, Christina Kubycheck, Nicholas Bagby, John Jason Winterman, Brian Winterman, Beth Harp, Justin Rodenberg, Brandon Rodenberg, Nicole Bagby, Alex Bagby, Courtney Bagby, McKenna Bagby, Morgan Bagby, Jaime Bagby and 20 great grandchildren. Hersh was the sixth son of a family of seven boys and one girl and has no surviving brothers or sisters but has countless nieces, nephews and cousins. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.


  • June Bagby, Wife
  • Steven (Rose) Bagby, Son
  • Gregory (Nora) Bagby, Son
  • Michael (Kellee) Bagby, Son
  • Brenda Baldwin, Daughter
  • Candace Cartwright, Daughter
  • Lisa Schuh, Granddaughter
  • Christina Kubycheck, Granddaughter
  • Nicholas Bagby, Grandson
  • John Jason Winterman, Grandson
  • Brian Winterman, Grandson
  • Beth Harp, Granddaughter
  • Justin Rodenberg, Grandson
  • Brandon Rodenberg, Grandson
  • Nicole Bagby, Granddaughter
  • Alex Bagby, Grandson
  • Courtney Bagby, Granddaughter
  • McKenna Bagby, Granddaughter
  • Morgan Bagby, Granddaughter
  • Jaime Bagby, Granddaughter
  • Hersh also leaves behind 20 Great Grandchildren and countless nieces, nephews and cousins.


  • Visitation Saturday, November 3, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 3, 2018
  • Visitation Saturday, November 10, 2018

Herschel Wiley Bagby

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Edmund Meyer

October 30, 2018

To the family of Herschel Bagby

As a former resident of Summit Greens I had the pleasure of doing some fantastic evenings of entertainment for our community with Hersh, June and community members.

Hersh was always willing to work very hard for a quality product.

Unfortunately I have not seen Hersh or June for many years since I moved from Summit Greens.

When I heard of his passing it was most sad for me to hear, but I immediately decided I wanted to remember the great times I celebrated with him.

Hersh also loved music and I recall one of his favorite songs was the Sinatra classic "My Way".

The lyrics to the song tell quite a bit of someone's life and I fell the song meant quite a bit to Hersh.

When the family has a moment please take the time to listen to the lyrics of this song to relate how a great man like Hersh did things his way.

My sincere condolences to his family.

It was a wonderful experience for me to work with him and remember how much he contributed to the world of entertainment.

Something the world needs more than ever!

God bless him and to his family.


Ed Meyer

Gary Gilchrist

October 29, 2018

June and Family, We extend our sympathy on Herschel's death. He served his country well and was a gentleman above all. We always remember the fun cruises, and there was rarely a moment that we didn't have laughter among us. Gary Gilchrist and Lynn Cook, Palm Harbor, FL