Harry W. Hagen Jr: Retired Air Force pilot, lay minister


Harry William Hagen Jr of Seattle, better known as Bill, died peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, December 2 at the age of 83. He was born on September 2, 1934 in Anacortes.

Bill was an energetic and wonderful man that was deeply loved and will always be cherished. Bill Hagen grew up and lived most of his life in Seattle. His parents Harry William Hagen Sr and Maxine Hagen taught him to love the outdoors and the mountains. He entered the military at an early age and served in the Marine Corps in Korea before transitioning to the Air Force to become a pilot. Bill completed a tour in Vietnam where he flew helicopters and was responsible for saving multiple lives. He then returned home to marry his sweetheart Mary Hamm in June of 1969.

Bill and Mary eventually settled in Lake Forest Park with their two daughters. Bill continued his call to help others by spending many years with the ski patrol and serving his church St. Mark’s as a lay minister. He had many hobbies and past times and anyone who knew him knew of his love for trains and that he took a book with him everywhere, occasionally making his girls read aloud from the “roadside geology” while he drove. He loved to go sailing, camping, hiking and traveling throughout his life. Bill also continued his military service in the reserves until his retirement as a major in the Air Force.

Bill is survived by his wife of 48 years Mary Hagen (Hamm), daughters Anne Wharton (Devon) and Jennifer Donahue (Brian) and granddaughters Kendra Wharton, Riley Donahue, McKinley Donahue, Clare Donahue, and Caleigh Donahue. He is also survived by his brother David Hagen (Karen) and sister Vrndavana Hagen.

Services will be held at St. Mark’s Catholic Church 18033 15th Pl. N.E., Shoreline on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 with a rosary being said at 10:30 a.m. and a funeral to follow at 11 a.m. A reception is scheduled immediately after the funeral and the internment will be held at Holyrood.


One Reply to “Harry W. Hagen Jr: Retired Air Force pilot, lay minister”

  1. I was so sorry to read about Bill’s passing. We were married for about 7 years in the early 60’s. We parted amicably and had no children. We had two darling dogs who were like children to us. I will always love and remember Bill. He was an important part of our family. Bill was one of the most intelligent people I ever knew, and he taught me many things about life and learning from books. He taught me to ski and mountain climb “ha”. God bless you, Bill. Love forever, Jan


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