Howard Alan Hagemeister, devoted husband, loving father, Lionel train collector, sailing enthusiast, and dapper dresser returned home July 19, 2018, in Manti, after a year and a half bout with cancer. Howard was welcomed home by his mother and father, Ruth Blunk and Alfred Hagemeister, and his first born son, Mark.
Women always had their eyes on Howard. First there was his mother Ruth. She first laid eyes on him January 19, 1934 in Fort Collins, Colorado when they placed her newborn son in her arms. Eighteen years later, he caught the eye of a 17 year old junior at Fort Collins High School. On May 12, 1953 Howard married Eileen Marion Knight, the only girl he ever kissed.
Eileen joined the LDS Church in 1960. However, never one to make a rash decision, Howard waited 33 years to be baptized in 1993. They were sealed to each other, along with their children in the Salt Lake Temple, June 4, 1994. Although Howard took his time to embrace the gospel, he jumped in with both feet. He and Eileen served a mission in Quebec, Canada in 2000. He had numerous callings in the church but his greatest love was serving in the temple. He served as an ordinance worker in the Manti Temple for 3 years and as a sealer for 12 years.
Howard was a patriot. Enlisting in the Navy in 1952, he served his country in body for 4 years and in heart and spirit for the rest of his life.
Waiting to reunite with their husband, father, brother and grandfather on some glorious day yet to come are wife, Eileen; children: Susan Granger, Paul (Denise) Hagemeister and Rene Hagemeister, all of Manti; brother, Charles (Pearl) Hagemeister, Fort Collins, CO; as well as 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 10 a.m. in the Manti Tabernacle. There will be no public visitation. Burial will be in the Manti Cemetery with military honors by the Manti American Legion Post #31 and Navy Honor Guard. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com
Howard had little tolerance for mean spirited people. In lieu of flowers please do a random act of kindness in his name.