Leo Charles Hageman

Leo Charles Hageman, of Henderson, NV, passed away in hospice care on June 15, 2017, from complications of dementia.  He was 83 years old.

Leo was born to Leo and Edna Hageman in Gray, Iowa on April 7, 1934.  The family moved to Bridal Veil, Oregon during World War II.  As a boy, Leo delivered newspapers and later worked with his father at Bridal Veil Lumber and Box Company, making wooden cheese boxes for Kraft Foods.  He attended Oregon State University on a US Air Force ROTC scholarship and graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1955.  Leo served his country as an Air Force radar station commander on the Japanese island of Hokkaido and subsequently served in the reserves, retiring at the rank of captain in 1962.

He earned a Bachelor of Foreign Trade degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in 1960, and eventually returned to Thunderbird to earn a Master’s degree in International Management in 1970.  In subsequent years Leo held positions with a variety of employers, including the Mennen Corporation, Cargill, Sterling Products International, New Mexico State University, and Unisource.

Leo married his wife, Song, in El Paso, Texas in 1995.  They spent their free time landscaping and renovating two homes there.  They also enjoyed traveling throughout the southwest.  Leo and Song retired in 2011 and moved to Henderson, Nevada.  Here they enjoyed the desert surroundings, and enthusiastically pursued their love of landscaping until his diagnosis of Lewy-body dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

Leo is survived by his loving wife, Song, of Henderson, NV; son Jon of Chicago, IL; daughter Erica Bisch of Zionsville, IN; brother Donald of Staten Island, NY; niece Dawn and nephew Lee of New York; as well as two grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Leo F. and Edna, and his first wife, Pilar, mother to his children.

Funeral services will be held at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Friday, June 23, at 10:40 am.

“In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (https://www.lbda.org/donate) in the name of Leo C. Hageman would be greatly appreciated.”

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