Kenneth W. Hagelgans

May 13, 1938 ‒ February 05, 2010

Ashley, Ohio

Kenneth William Hagelgans, 71, of Ashley died unexpectedly Friday evening at his residence. He was born May 13, 1938 in Delaware County to Walter Henry and Mariam (Smith) Hagelgans. He worked a total of 44 years with Big Bear Stores starting with Harts in 1956 and continuing on with Big Bear from 1971 until his retirement in 2000. He was a self taught backyard mechanic who lived most of his life in Delaware County. He enjoyed fixing lawn mowers, building motors, and home improvement projects. He also enjoyed helping his boys with their projects. He was a member of the Golden Notes and was a great gospel and religious singer teaching himself by listening to Ernie Ford records. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Alice (Smith); 3 sons, William Hagelgans of Delaware, Steve (Amy) Hagelgans of Delaware, and Brian (Kristie) Hagelgans of Marengo; 5 grandchildren, Scott, Stephanie, Cade, Iain, and Mae Hagelgans; brother, Robert Alan Hagelgans of Lancaster; sister, Vera Jean (Bill) Roese of Delaware; niece, Karen (Greg) Eldredge of Ostrander; nephew, Dave (Lori) Williams of Delaware. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family will receive friends on Friday February 12th from 10:00 am until time of funeral services at 1:00 pm at the Rodman Neeper Funeral Home, Delaware. Burial will follow the 1:00 pm services in Oak Grove Cemetery. To share a memory of Kenneth or to offer condolences to the family, please visit