Neil was born on Aug. 16, 1933, along with his twin sister Nancy, to parents George Malcolm Hagerman and Marie Matilda (Holman) Hagerman in Omaha, Neb.. Their brother Keith was three at the time. The family left Omaha during the grade school years as their father became a store manager for Montgomery Ward, and moved first to Marshalltown, then Estherville. Neil was active on the Estherville Midgets football team, graduating from E.H.S in 1953. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served on the carrier U.S.S. Lexington and was discharged in 1957.
During his tour in the Navy, having met Marjorie Brugmann, sister Nancy's roommate at University of Colorado, a love affair developed, mostly by mail. They married in 1956.
Neil completed a fine arts degree with teaching certificate at Colorado State College, now Northern Colorado University, while Marge worked in the Admissions Office. In his senior year a baby boy, Mark, was born. The family moved to Omaha for his first year as a stagecraft and scene designer, but went back to Colorado for summer school. Public schools in Vancouver, Wash., offered him an arts and crafts position at McLoughlin Jr. High, where he taught for several years, attended Portland State University and earned a Master of Science in Education with specialty in Guidance/Counseling. Baby girl Wendy was born in Vancouver.
When the "nest was empty" in 1983 Neil and Marge moved first to Oakridge, Ore., and later to Portland, Ore., where Neil would work in nearby Scappoose, where he was a counselor in the middle school.
They retired to Battle Ground, Wash., to be near their two children in Vancouver. When Mark moved to Peoria, Ariz., Neil and Marge also moved to Arizona, settling in Sun City. Neil has been active in Bell Silvercraft, creating unique designs in silver for sale and for family and friends.
Surviving family includes wife Marjorie, son Mark Hagerman (Karen); daughter Wendy Wilson (Ron); grandchildren Willow McCoy (Grant), Adam Hagerman (Jodi), Molly Nolan (Troy), Alec Hagerman and Cody Wilson; and great grand-children: Emma, Taylor and Owen Nolan; and Greyden and Langsten McCoy.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, at First Presbyterian Church, 12225 N. 103rd Avenue, Sun City, AZ, 85351. In lieu of flowers the family would be grateful for contributions in Neil's name to the church's Memorial Fund. Phone: (623)-974-3605. Arrangements are by Regency Mortuary, 9850 W Thunderbird Road, Sun City.