Forrest J. Hagelberger of Bryan and formerly of Pioneer passed away early Monday morning at Genesis Healthcare Center in Bryan. He was born February 5, 1929 in Jefferson Township to Clyde Oliver and Dimmie (Cook) Hagelberger. He graduated from Kunkle High School in 1947. After graduation, Forrest served in the Army Tank Division during the Korean War. On September 30, 1956 he married E. Marcelle Moore in Bryan, Ohio and she survives.
Forrest worked in farming all of his life on the farm where he was born. He also worked in the carpenter trade for Andy Nixon, Cleo Short and Clair Chapin. He had also worked in maintenance for the C.A.R.E. and Filling Home in West Unity. Forrest was a member of the Silver Creek Church of the Brethren, Williams County Pork Producers and the Williams County Farm Bureau.
Forrest is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marcelle, one daughter Regina (Randy) Partee of Stryker; two sisters, Mildred (Joe) Shultz of Swanton, Ohio, Carmen Jean Oxender of Kunkle, two grandchildren, Austin (Elishiah) Siegel of Pioneer and Abbie (Covin) Sanders of West Unity, three great grandchildren: Conner and Ashtyn Sanders and Evan Siegel and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father Omar Mansfield, two sons Richard and Mark Hagelberger in 1976, one sister Maxine Moore and two brother-in-laws, Clayton Moore and Raymond Oxender.
Visitation for Forrest will be held Tuesday (today) February 11 at the Thompson Funeral Home in Montpelier from 3-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:00 P.M. at the Silver Creek Church of the Brethren of rural Pioneer with Reverend Terry Baldwin to officiate. Burial will follow at Floral Grove Cemetery in Pioneer with military graveside rites to be conducted by the Pioneer Veterans. Preferred memorials are to the church.