Major Charles L. Hagerman, U.S.A.F. retired, died peacefully on Monday, March 26, 2007, in Lynnwood, after battling Alzheimer’s which slowly took his memory and his life, but not his sense of humor.

Chuck was born in 1925 to parents, Charles Maynard and Lulu Hagerman in Longview, and grew up in Sunnyside. His love of airplanes spurred him to enlist in the Air Corps immediately after his high school graduation. When he returned home, he earned his flight instructor and commercial pilot’s license and shared his love of flying with many.

He worked for Valley Hay & Implement company in Prosser for more than 20 years and Polson Company and Rogers Machinery company of Seattle for more than 20 years, retiring in 1995. Chuck was known for his wonderful work ethic, his “can-do” attitude, and his sense of humor. His hobbies included flying, fishing, gardening, and woodworking.

He was a member of the Lower Valley Air Force Active Reserve group for 20 years.

His family was one of the most important aspects of his life.

Chuck is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Doris; sons, Don (Sharynn) of Yakima, Chuck (Sheila) of Everett and Rob (Donna) of Lynnwood; and grandchildren, Scott, Sara (Chris), and Ashley.

Internment will take place Saturday, April 7, 2007, at 1 p.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside. Old friends are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at

or 1-800-272-3900.


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