08/09/2013 - Walter E. Hagman
Graveside services for Walter E. Hagman, age 84 of Muskogee, OK, will be at 2:00 P.M., Friday August 9, at at the OelrichsCemetery, with fellowship following at the Oelrichs Community Hall.
Walter quietly passed away May 16, 2013 at the home of his daughter Debra Sorensen in Muskogee, OK, after a short illness of several months with cancer.
Walt was the son of John L. and Ruth E. Hagman of Oelrichs, South Dakota born September 20, 1929. Walt was the third of six children, older sister Dolores Ruth Boldon (Bill deceased) of Chadron, John L. Jr. “Jack” deceased (Leona deceased) of Alzada, MT, younger brothers William C. (Deloris) of Oelrichs, SD, Thomas A. (Nina) of Moorpark, CA, and James L. (deceased infant).
Walt attended High School for only a few weeks and began a long life involved with horses and cattle.
On November 14, 1948 he married Jo Ann Webster, daughter of Joe (First National Bank Chadron) and Aouida Webster of Chadron, NE. Their children are Fred and Jolene (Tate and Te’neyl) of Chadron, NE. Sam and Sammy (Daniel) of Canyon Country, CA, Deb and Greg Sorenson (Amelia) of Muskogee, OK, Gus and Tammy (Luke and Rachel) of Hartshorn, OK and Julie Jaree ( Calie)of Clarksdale, AZ .
Walt was a self educated man that liked to argue politics, and discuss horses and cattle. He led a full life by building a ranch on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Oglala in the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s and having a family of five. In the 1960’s after the death of his brother Jack he divorced Jo Ann and moved on to Montana and Utah, eventually settling in the Los Angeles area. He was then remarried to Delores for many years.
During the years in California he was involved with horses. Here he became acquainted with many people from the movie business, appearing in several movies as his ability to handle tough horses and ride like the wind was well respected. He rode in the Parade of Roses, finished the 100 mile Tevis Endurance Ride in qualified time at the age of 72, trained several people and horses in these endurance races, using Thoroughbred horses all finishing the race and one student and friend Bart Eskander finished 71st never having ridden the horse prior to the race. He was known well enough by Roy Rogers to have an autographed picture of Roy and Trigger with the inscription To Walt and Delores, Trails of Happpiness, Roy Rogers and Trigger.
About 13 years ago Delores passed away and Walt moved to Hartshorn, OK where he ranched a little with horses and cattle and as he slowed down had friends at the local feed store.
Services were held in Muskogee, OK, May 25th, 2013 with family and friends in attendance. Friend, Bart Eskander held a memorial barbecue in California for the many friends and family in California on June 15th, 2013.
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