Richard Donald Haglund

East Tawas, Michigan
July 23, 1927 - December 22, 2018

Visitations

Dick’s family will welcome friends and family at Grace Lutheran from 10 a.m. January 4 until the time of the service.

Service Location

Grace Lutheran Church

Services

A celebration of Dick’s life will be held on Friday, January 4 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in East Tawas.

Obituary Notice

Richard D. “Dick” Haglund, 91, of East Tawas passed into life on Dec. 22, 2018. He was born on July 23, 1927 to Saimi and Herman Haglund in East Tawas. He and Patricia Dunn were wed on June 21, 1952 and were devoted to each other during 62 years of marriage.

Dick graduated from East Tawas High School in 1945 and then entered the Navy, where he served in the South Pacific. After being honorably discharged in 1946, he returned to East Tawas, where he and Patricia raised their family. Dick worked as an auto mechanic beginning in high school and operated his own service station for several years. Most of his career was spent working for William Look & Sons, where he was as a master mechanic.

Dick was an avid sailor, bird hunter and fly fisherman. He enjoyed music—his favorite song was “Finlandia”—and cherished sunrise walks from his home on Tawas Point to the state park beach with his dogs. He was a lifelong member of Grace Lutheran Church, where he taught Sunday School and served on the church council for many years.

Dick is survived by his sons, Richard (Diane) Haglund, Birmingham, Mich.; Robert Haglund, Fort Myers, Fla.; and Eric (Karen) Haglund, East Tawas. He also is survived by his grandchildren, Aleise Dennis, Birmingham, Mich.; Ashley Haglund, Chicago; Raegan (Chris) Movinski, Canton, Mich.; Luke Haglund, Canton, Mich.; Karri (Jenny) Haglund, East Tawas; and great-grandsons, Connor Dennis and Cal Movinski.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; sisters Ardath Parent, RoseMary Look and Dorothy Gentry; brothers Harold and Herbert; and nephews Gene Parent and Michael Gentry.

Per his wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service with a celebration of Dick’s life will be held on Friday, January 4 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in East Tawas with Pastor Matthew Carpenter officiating.

Dick’s family will welcome friends and family at Grace Lutheran from 10 a.m. January 4 until the time of the service.

Memorial donations in his name can be made to Grace Lutheran Church.

Memorials

Grace Lutheran Church

Condolences

Many Blessings to you all. Prayers are being said .
— Jaime Stewart
Dick was a devoted husband, father, and friend. Rest in peace, Dick. We will miss you!
— Christine and Carl Huebner
He was just the sweetest man. It was a privilege to know him. Prayers to your family.
— Stacie
Auf Wiedersehen life-long friend. Have known Dick since Kindergarden in East Tawas. In high school we played Varsity basketball. He was a forward with a good hook shot and I was right guard. In our senior year we won 13 games against 3 losses and won the Class C District Tournament. Upon graduation in 1945, we both enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was called up first and helped me by outlining what to expect in the WWII Boot Camp. Invariably, whenever I flew over the vast Pacific I'd think of Dick maintaining the twin Fairbanks Morse diesels aboard the PC 109, operating out of Saipan.
After the war, Dick took a technical course under the GI Bill and I graduated from MSU. A blind date arranged by Dick and his future wife, Patricia, led subsequently to my marrying my date, Mary.
Whether I lived in South Bend, IN or SE MI, Dick serviced my vehicles. An avid sailboater, he taught me to sail small sailboats. I crewed for him aboard his National 1 Design and he crewed with me aboard my Kolibri on Lake Huron.
Our young families enjoyed socializing. When I last visited him in November, he made a haunting prophetic comment: "I've had my day."
A good Christian man. He will be missed.
— Norman Anschuetz

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