Born 10-4-1911 -- Died 11-7-2003
John R. Haegele, 92, of Deep Creek, Fla., died Nov. 7, 2003. He was the son of George and Katie Haegele, born Oct. 4, 1911, in Barnhill, Ill. John began teaching in Plymouth, Ill., in 1936 and joined the faculty at Dwight High School in 1938, where he taught business education for 40 years. He was an assistant football coach and then was head coach from 1943-45. He coached the grade school basketball teams for many years, and also officiated basketball games throughout the local area.
In addition to teaching, John acquired a local construction company in the mid 1950s, and began Haegele Construction Co. He was a residential and commercial contractor until his retirement in 1980, at which time he moved to Cherokee Village, Ark. John came to this area in 2003 from Cherokee Village.
Survivors include his sons -- John R. "Rick (Linda) Haegele Jr., of Placida, Fla., and Ronald F. (Lila) Haegele of El Dorado Hills, Calif.; his brothers -- Fred Haegele of Champaigne-Urbana, Ill., and Floyd Haegele of Fairfield, Ill.; granddaughters -- Dianna (Scott) Pickup of Woodstock, Calif., and Kayte Haegele of El Dorado Hills, Calif.;
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nedra Haegele; his brothers -- Vern and Frank Haegele; and a grandson, Rhett Haegele.
His body will be returned to Cherokee Village where he and his wife, Nedra enjoyed so many happy years together. To express condolences to the family, please visit www. LTaylorfuneral.com and sign the guest book. Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services Punta Gorda, Fla.