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Mr. Raymond Dale Hagan, age 102 years, a Joplin resident and former Jefferson City resident, passed away Monday, May 1, 2017, at his daughter's home in Joplin, Mo.
Ray was born March 5, 1915, in Mercer County, Mo., the son of Ross and Pearle (Shirley) Hagan.
On March 7, 1942, in Liberty, Mo., he married Juanita Wharton who preceded him in death on November 17, 1990. In 1992, he married Kathryn Kirtley who preceded him in death on August 23, 2005.
He graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education and Economics in 1939, and a Master's of Education in 1951. He completed additional graduate work at Michigan State University. He was a member of the Farm House Fraternity, the Alpha Tau Alpha Fraternity, and the Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity.
Ray was a chemist at American Agriculture Chemical Co., in St. Louis, for two years, an instructor of Vocational Agriculture at Greenridge, Cainsville, and Princeton, Mo., and served as district supervisor of Vocational Agriculture Education in the Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, for 44 years before his retirement in 1984. He was an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri.
He served as a flight instructor in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.
Ray taught and helped develop the Farm Veteran's Program, served as executive secretary of the Missouri State Future Farmers of America, superintendent of the FFA Department at the Missouri State Fair, superintendent of the National FFA Convention Public Speaking Contest, assistant superintendent of the FFA Department American Royal Livestock and Horse Show. He received the Citation of Merit from the University of Missouri, was listed in "Who's Who in the Midwest" and featured in the "Missouri Ruralist". He authored many published articles. Mr. Hagan authored three books; "F.F.A. at 50 in Missouri", "Living Forever, Believing in What You Cannot See", and he recently published "My First One Hundred Years; Praying, Aiming High, and Staying Focused".
He was a charter member of the Missouri and National FFA Alumni Associations. He was a member of the First Methodist Church, in Jefferson City, where he served as youth director and on the Board. He was secretary of the Mercer County Fair, vice president of the Princeton Rotary Club and active in the Masonic Lodge and Shrine Club. After retirement Mr. Hagan served on President Reagan's Vocational Education Advisory Committee.
Survivors include: three daughters, Sharon Gonder and Jane Burd and husband, Ron, both of Jefferson City, Mo., and Janice Wood and husband, Jim, of Joplin, Mo.; one granddaughter, Patricia King, of Jefferson City, Mo.; two great-grandchildren, LeeAnna Penn, of Joplin, and Austin King of Jefferson City; three great-great-grandchildren, Chase, Sierra and Gemma Penn; one stepson, Curt Kirtley and wife, Julie, of Columbia, Mo.; one step-daughter, Kathy Grant and husband, Mike, of Effingham, Ill.; and five step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. Mr. Hagan was preceded in death by three sisters, Jesse Lafollette, Vee Shipley, and Reva Cornett; three brothers, Albert Hagan, Raycel Hagan, and Darrell Hagan; and one grandchild, Jeffery Steenburgen; and one son-in-law, Glen Gonder.
Visitation will be from 10 until 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 6, held at First Assembly of God, 1900 Route C, Jefferson City, MO 65109. A funeral service will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at First Assembly of God with the Reverend Larry Griffin officiating. Gravesides services, with military honors, will follow at Riverview Cemetery. An additional memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. next Friday, May 12, at Faith Assembly of God, 7211 East 32nd Street, Joplin, MO 64804.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Hagan FFA Alumni Scholarship Fund, Missouri FFA Association, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.
Published on May 3, 2017
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