Ronald J. Hagaman

03/21/1937 - 02/02/2024


Obituary For Ronald J. Hagaman

Lima, OH
Ronald "Ron" J. Hagaman, age 86, passed away on February 2, 2024, at 12:13 pm, at Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center. Ron was born March 21, 1937, in Greenville, OH, to David H. and Thelma A. (Stoltz) Hagaman who preceded him in death. On September 1, 1957, he married Judith "Judy" M. (McCombs) Hagaman who survives in Lima.
In addition to his wife, Ron is survived by his children: Regina (Dr. John) Marymont of Mobile, AL, Dr. David (Dr. Martha) Hagaman of Nashville, TN and Christine (John) Greer of Sidney, OH, 8 grandchildren: John (Natalie) Marymont, Andrew Marymont, Dr. Daniel Hagaman, Sarah Hagaman, Benjamin (Fiance Sara Lindquist) Hagaman, Lee (Alisa) Schmiedebusch, Joseph (Emily) Schmiedebusch and Neil (Tamara) Schmiedebusch, 3 great grandchildren, Kamarin, J.D. and Zoe. He was preceded in death by a great grandchild, Grady Joseph Schmiedebusch and a brother and sister in-law, Nathan (Jann) Hagaman
Ron was a 1955 graduate of Greenville High School. He earned his bachelor's degree from Wittenburg University and his master's degree in education from Indiana University. He spent his career as a coach, teacher and administrator with Beaverdam and Elida Schools and finished with Lima City Schools from which he retired. After retiring, he spent ten years working for Mayor David Berger as his Chief of Staff. During his time with the City of Lima and in conjunction with The Ohio State University and local churches, he was instrumental in implementing Study Circle Programs which dealt with race relations. He was so proud that he was able to help bring people of all races together for discussion and fellowship. His awards were numerous in education and business organizations. Ron was a 62-year member of the Zion Lutheran Evangelical Church where he had served in multiple capacities including president of the congregation. He was also a member and past president of the Ohio Vocational Directors Association, Ohio Marketing Education Association and the Lima Management Association. Ron was appointed to two state committees for the planning and research of vocational education. In 1974 he was chosen as Vocational Educator of the Year. Ron was also an Honorary Life Membership Recipient-Ohio DECA. Ron enjoyed woodworking and spending time with family and friends at Lake Lavine. Above all else, he truly loved his time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
There will be a funeral service held on Friday, February 9, 2024, at 2:00 pm at Zion Lutheran Church @ 1300 Edgewood Dr., Lima, OH 45805. Officiating the service will be Rev. Dan Gutman and Rev. Sam Payne. The burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery following the service.
Friends may visit on Thursday from 4-8 pm at the CHILES-LAMAN FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, SHAWNEE CHAPEL.
Memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity, Allen County Humane Society or Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


8 Feb


04:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services - Shawnee Chapel 1170 Shawnee Road Lima, Ohio 45805 Get Directions »
9 Feb

Funeral Service

02:00 PM

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church 1300 Edgewood Dr. Lima, OH 45805 Get Directions »
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  • 02/09/2024

    I'm sorry for your loss. At Lima Senior he always spoke to me in the hallway during class change. Christine I'm sorry, I know how much you loved your Dad. Good Man.

  • 02/06/2024

    What a great man to work with! So many accomplishments, yet always treated everyone equally and respectfully. I am so fortunate to have been a part of his staff-so many fond and fun memories. You will be missed. Renee Pranses

  • 02/06/2024

    My condolences to the family. Mr H was always so kind and supportive of the Mathias family. Always a smile on his face. RIP. Joe Mathias

  • 02/06/2024

    Ron was a true gentleman, and a pleasure to work with. He always had a kind word and brought a positive presence to any encounter. My condolences and deepest sympathy to the entire Hagaman family. He leaves quite a legacy because he made so many meaningful contributions to his community.

  • 02/05/2024

    A good man. A good neighbor. "Mr. Hagaman" worked for the betterment of Lima. So many great memories. Thanks Ron.

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