A dedicated family man and minister in the United Methodist Church, Gene Arthur Hagerman was born October 16, 1935, and went home to be with the Lord October 3, 2012, just short of his 77th birthday.
Serving in churches from Nebraska to Colorado and his home state of Wyoming, Gene was a deeply religious man, shepherd and teacher in the church for 42 years. He and his wife, Barbara, were married for 57 years and raised four children in the ways of the church, instilling a sense of love and family that permeated every generation privileged to know him. His favorite Bible passage was the 23rd Psalm, and his Bible was never far from reach.
Gene also served his country in the U.S. Army, worked as a police officer, and served on several community boards. He was a proud member of the Masonic Lodge, a tradition he passed along to several family members.
Gene’s family came to Wyoming to homestead in the early 1900s, and he grew up on the ranch his parents and grandparents homesteaded. Over the years, Gene spent much time on the family ranch, enjoying the inheritance of land his parents left behind, and he later taught and shared that heritage he valued so much with his own children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and other family members.
Gene’s family describes him as a strong, educated man and intellectual with a wonderful sense of humor who loved to talk, tell stories and jokes, question and reason through life’s ups and downs, and guide others in doing the same. He was a great man always willing to consider the perspectives of others, was level-headed and always stood up for injustice.
Gene counseled and married many couples just beginning their lives together, teaching them how to establish Christian homes and live the way God wanted them to live. Over the years, many couples approached Gene’s family, relating that “Your dad married us, and we are so thankful for him.”
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Alma Hagerman; infant brother, Edward Earl; sister, Donna and brother-in-law, Earl Stahnke; son, Edward Earl; and granddaughter, Michele. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Grass Hagerman; sisters Judy Ludemann and husband, Dick, and Diana Kraft and husband, Bill; daughters Gennie Hagerman, and Lorri Hagerman Campbell and husband, Brian Campbell; son Allen Hagerman and wife, Penny; grandsons Nathan Hagerman and wife, Melissa and their children, Jeremy Hagerman and wife, Kelly and their children, Dan Hagerman and wife, Abbey, Joshua Rankin and wife, Jennifer and child, and Kian Hagerman; and granddaughters Ilea Madewell and children, Erin Rankin, Ian Thatcher and children, Crystal Hagerman, and Nicole Abercrombie and husband, Jon, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members who miss him dearly.