August 29, 1931 – September 3, 2018
Lovingly Written by the Family ~
Walter William “Bugar” Hagan, 87, of Joplin, passed away Monday, September 3, 2018, at Freeman Hospital after an illness. He was surrounded by his family.
Walter was born in Joplin, Missouri, to William Lancaster & Lucinda (Enders) Hagan on August 29, 1931. After graduating from Joplin High School in 1949, Walter served our country in the United States Air Force for over 22 years, earning the rank of Master Sergeant. He served during both the Korean War & Vietnam War, including three tours in Vietnam, and served in a total of twenty-six countries. When he retired from the USAF, he returned to Joplin, his hometown, with his family in 1971 where he would reside for the rest of his life. After his discharge, he earned an Associate’s Degree from Crowder College, and worked in Quality Control at Mid-Con Cables, as well as Le Barge Electronics and Teledyne of Neosho.
Walter enjoyed the outdoors and for many years could be found hunting and camping near Cabool, Missouri, or fishing along the banks of Shoal Creek. He loved departing wisdom to his children and grandchildren, teaching them about wildlife, history, mechanics, and the ways of the world.
Bugar earned his moniker a few years after becoming a grandparent after calling his first grandson, Daniel, a “little booger”. Daniel quickly retorted, “No, I’m not the booger; you’re the booger.” While his friends & co-workers called him Walter or Bill, to family, he was always Bugar from that moment on.
Walter is survived by his wife of 59 years, Bonnie; three children, Robert of Wagoner, of Oklahoma; Jeffrey of Neptune City, New Jersey, and his wife, Kristin; Kent of Springfield, Missouri; and Lucinda Lynch of Joplin, Missouri. He had nine grandchildren and three great-grandsons. He is also survived by his brother, Robert Lee Hagan, of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Donald Ray Hagan; son-in-law, Dr. Mark Lynch; and a granddaughter, Katie Lynch.
The family wants to thank the professionals at Amedisys and Freeman Hospital for the care he received the last several months.
A private committal will take place at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery in Joplin. Cremation arrangements are under the personal care and direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, Joplin, Missouri.