John Richard Hagman, 89, of Aitkin, passed away Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Aitkin Health Services, Aitkin. John was born June 14, 1929 in Minneapolis to Paul and Cora (Hartman) Hagman. At the age of 9 months, he moved with his family to Farm Island Township. He attended the Hickory School for 8 years and then Aitkin High School, graduating in 1947. After graduation, John was employed at the Aitkin County Auditors Office, Woodland Container and the Aitkin Independent Age. John was united in marriage to Carrie Joanne Klee on December 30, 1950 at 1st Congregational Church, Aitkin. John is a veteran of The United States Army who served during the Korean War from 1951-1952 in the 73rd Heavy Tank Battalion as Platoon Sgt. John returned to the Aitkin Independent Age as a printer for 12 years. He got into flying and became a Corporate Pilot. John operated an Air Taxi out of the Twin Cities for 15 years. He later owned and operated Hagman Transport Trucking Company until his retirement. John enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Shriners, Elks, Lions, JC’s and Minnesota Business Aviation Association. John was also a member of Aitkin American Legion Post #86, Aitkin V.F.W. Post #1727, Disabled American Veterans and was a retired member of the Aitkin Fire Department. In 1986, John and Joanne retired to their lake home at Bay Lake and in 1990 they moved back to Aitkin. They spent many winters at their home in Mesa, Arizona.
John is preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Harold and Arthur; brother-in-law, John Klee; niece, Diane Lund; best friends, Chips, Duke, Daisy, Coco, Heather and Kasey. John had a love for animals.
John is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Carrie Joanne Hagman; sisters-in-law, Norma Lehmann and Mary Hagman; nieces and nephews, Patty and Jeff Swedberg, Roger and Josie Weber, Barb and Gary Tverberg, Tony and Jenn Klee, Bill Hagman, Alice and Bill Spangler, Kathy and Jim Lundin, Steve and Chris Hagman and Debbie and Ron Pietrowski; several great nieces and nephews and his dog, Jill.
Visitation will be Monday, April 29 from 11 AM until the 1 PM Service at First Lutheran Church, Aitkin. A Masonic service will take place at 11:30 AM at the church. Military Honors will be provided by Aitkin American Legion Post #86 and Aitkin V.F.W. Post #1727. Interment will be in Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls at a later date. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.srtfuneral.com. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Aitkin.