Larrence Donald Hagar, of Surprise, Ariz., went to join his maker in heaven Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, after his heart of 77 years young became too weak to remain on earth.
Lawrence was born Aug. 28, 1934, the son of Lawrence Hagar Sr. and Verna Hagar Athens, who both preceded him in death. Lawrence was the eldest of four children, Lowell Hagar, Robert Hagar (deceased), and Laura Hall.
Lawrence married Joyce Pagelar in 1957, and they raised four children: Cheryl Reuter of Lancaster, Calif., married to John Reuter and they have three children and three grandchildren; Mark Hagar of Fort Dodge, married to Martha Hagar and they have five children, and one grandchild; James Hagar of Jefferson, married to Heather Hagar and they have three children and four grandchildren; Thomas Hagar of Jefferson, who is married to Lisa Hagar and has three children from a prior marriage.
Joyce preceded Lawrence on the way to heaven in 1968. He then married Linda Reuter Hagar July 26, 1969, and they moved to Fort Dodge. Lawrence and Linda blessed this family with two more children, Laurie Alexander of Surprise, Ariz., who has two children; and Donald Hagar of Fort Dodge.
Lawrence was raised in the Le Mars area and served two years in the Army and nine years in the National Guard in his early year where he developed his great love for cooking as a cook. Lawrence then worked for many years as a meat cutter in various grocery stores. Lawrence worked for a short time at Wells' Blue Bunny and finished his career in Iowa retiring after 25 years of service with Harker's Wholesale Meats.
His passion came from his many years of commitment in the food business, and always had so many stories to share.
Lawrence and his wife Linda moved to Surprise, Ariz., in 2003 to retire. However, Lawrence had the desire to serve other people, and went to work at Fry's Grocery Store. Lawrence retired from Fry's in 2010.
Lawrence enjoyed life. Lawrence liked working on woodcraft items and had a great love for cooking for others, as well as loved being outdoors and spending time with his wife and family. Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Lawrence will be missed by many.
This beloved man showered his family wife, six children, 16 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren with love and kindness every day, whether it was a phone call, a visit, or a card.
Lawrence or "Larry" as people knew him, had a gift of talking and always had a joke or a great story for anyone that had a moment to listen.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Le Mars. A time of fellowship and refreshments will be held at the church following the service.