Hillsboro – Lynn Hagaman, 77, died January 1, 2020 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. He was born September 20, 1942 to Joseph and Lucille (Moore) Hagaman in Liberal. He married Charlotte Brownlee March 9, 1963 in Satanta, Kansas. Survivors include: wife, Charlotte Hagaman of Hillsboro; daughters, Devon (Kevin) Gokmen of Huntsville, Alabama, Amy (Laird) Garner of Winston Salem, North Carolina, Jamie (Brent) Driggers of Hillsboro; 17 grandchildren; sisters, Cindy (Tom) Hanrahan of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Nancy (Kevin) Fox of Topeka. Celebration of Life Service 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 6, 2020 at Cottonwood Valley Baptist Church in Hillsboro. Memorials to America’s Vet Dogs in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063. Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com
Life Sketch Taken from the Funeral Bulletin
Gerry “Lynn” Hagaman was born to Joseph P. “Jay” and Lucille (Moore) Hagaman September 20, 1942 in Liberal, Kansas, the first of three children. He loved to tell how he was one of the very first “war babies” born just nine months after Pearl Harbor was attacked.
Lynn grew up working at his family’s businesses in Satanta, Kansas; first a movie theater and later a grocery store. It was in working side by side with his family that Lynn developed a love of business ownership which he would carry throughout his life. It was also in this grocery store that he got to know the love of his life, “Charlie,” who would later become his wife of 56 years.
During his junior year of college, Lynn enlisted in Army the feeling it was the patriotic thing to do, little knowing the huge impact his time served would have on the rest of his life.
Just after bootcamp, Lynn had weekend leave and used it to marry Charlotte (Brownlee) Hagaman on March 9, 1963 before being deployed to Germany…while the rest of his company went to Vietnam. Thirty-eight of his friends were lost in a single battle. He never got over the grief.
Lynn and Charlotte had three daughters: Devon, Amy and Jamie. He taught his girls everything he knew: his early business of carpentry and, later in life, photography, fishing, checking oil, shingling houses, hanging gutters, running the 800, throwing javelin, stealing and shooting a basketball, and how to be tough. He was notorious for his firm handshake that he may have used to scare off more than one prospective beau, but he also had an intensely protective and tender side and called in at least one daughter “sick of school.”
Lynn was always a fierce advocate for the underdog, patriotism, entrepreneurship, “his girls,” and coffee with friends. He loved a good joke and escaped to the mountains as often as time allowed.
Lynn is survived by his wife of 56 years, Charlotte Hagaman, his daughters; Devon (Kevin) Gokmen, Amy (Laird) Garner, and Jamie (Brent) Driggers; grandchildren, Rachel Garner, Grace (Adam) Garner Levorse, Kemper (Sarah) Gokmen, Carolyn Garner, Aaron (Cassandra) Gokmen, Isaiah Garner, Josiah Driggers, Kaden Gokmen, Abigail Driggers, Michal Garner, Penelope Garner, Andrew Driggers, Aliyah Gokmen, Jerusalem Driggers, Adele Garner, Seth Driggers and Eleanor Garner; his sisters Cindy Hanrahan, Nancy Fox and their families.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Jay and Lucille Hagaman.