MASON CITY, Iowa — Howard H. Hagman, 93, died Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Hospice of North Iowa. Howard most recently lived in Mason City, Iowa, and formerly of Brainerd and Minneapolis.
Visitation will be held Saturday March 17 at 1 p.m., followed by a celebration of life at 3 p.m. at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St N.E., Mason City, Elders of Clear Lake Community of Christ officiating. Graveside committal service and interment will be Monday, 1 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Brainerd, Minn.
Howard was born in Minneapolis on Feb. 21, 1919, to Harry and Josephine (Maley) Hagman, and began traveling to the Crosslake, Minn., area with his great aunt and uncle at age 10. He graduated from West High school in Minneapolis and attended St. Olaf Collage for pre-dentistry. He worked for Henry P. Boos Dental Laboratories in Minneapolis then joined the Navy in 1942 and served on the USS Euryale, a submarine tender, in the Pacific Theater as Pharmacist Mate 1st Class in dental prosthetics.
In the fall of 1945 during deer hunting season, he proposed to Yvonna Sowers and bagged his dear for a long season of 65 years of marriage from June 1, 1946, to Sept. 21, 2011. After the war, Howard was a lead technician at the Harry C. Hagman Dental Laboratories in Minneapolis as a certified dental technician, and later with Saber Dental Laboratories. He established the Hagman Crown & Bridge Dental Service in Brainerd, Minn., serving dentists throughout Minnesota. He was past director of the Minnesota Dental Laboratory Association and honored for Clinical Leadership in Progressive Prosthetic Dentistry. Howard invented a method for processing dental acrylics that was quickly adopted by the dental lab industry nationwide for improved quality of dentures and faster service.
He was a life member of the American Legion Post 500 of Crosslake-Fifty Lakes and shared in Christian worship at Emily Methodist Church, Crosslake Evangelical Free Church and Brainerd First Presbyterian Church. Howard and Vona lived in Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center, and many years near Crosslake, Minn. On O’Brien Lake they cleared a wooded lot by hand during years of weekends and vacations, and eventually built a cabin that became their home in 1971. Howard had a great sense of humor, and felt he became a skilled carpenter since he “cut every board at least twice” to make it fit. They moved to Brainerd, Minn., in 1997. Howard enjoyed many lifelong friendships, fishing, hunting, dancing to big band sounds and Dixieland Jazz. He was eager to learn new things and explore current technology. He instilled in his family a sense of appreciation for the lakes and forests he loved so much. He played piano and wrote several tunes, and had a chance to meet Red Nichols and the Five Pennies when he was bartending at the original Log Jam in Crosslake. He enjoyed musical jam sessions with friends from church and could always be heard whistling a tune. He had a creative mind, looking for a better way to do things. With Vona’s help, they kept a meticulous yard and home, were gracious hosts and generously assisted with others’ needs.
Since Vona’s passing in September 2011, Howard lived at Homestead Assisted Living in Mason City, Iowa, to be near family, and he quickly formed new friendships at Homestead.
Howard is survived by one son, Cliff (Wanda) Hagman, of Mason City, Iowa; and one daughter, Mary Jo (Rick) Neumann, of Crosslake, Minn.; six grandchildren, Nathan (Lisa) Hagman, of Acireale, Sicily, Andrew (Tara) Hagman, of Wilsonville, Ore., Angie (Ben) Johnston, of Garner, Iowa, Bill Neumann, of Garner, Iowa, Joel Hagman, of Seattle, and David Hagman, of Mason City, Iowa; and 12 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Mary Sowers Ludvigson McAllister, Rochester, Minn., Juanita Reed Cunconan, Dallas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Yvonna Sowers Hagman; parents, Harry and Josephine Maley Hagman; stepmother, Gertrude Olsen Hagman; and brother, Thomas Hagman.
Howard would encourage gifts to the church of your choice and memorials have been established at Crosslake Evangelical Free Church, Brainerd First Presbyterian Church and Clear Lake Community of Christ.
Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. NE, Mason City, IA
(641) 423-2372 www.colonialchapels.com