Cheryl Lynn Hagman, 70, of Fishers, IN passed away Tuesday, September 28, 2021. She was born in Des Moines, Iowa on January 7, 1951, daughter of Gerald (Jerry) and Carol Hagman.
Cheryl graduated from Urbandale High School in 1969 and in 1973 she received a B.A. in Education with a minor in Spanish from University of Northern Iowa (UNI). Upon graduating from college, she moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where she took a teaching position at Heritage Christian School. She taught high school Spanish for 2 years before leaving that profession. In the following years, Cheryl worked at Bryant Heating and Cooling and other similar companies. Her most recent employment was with Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) where she graded student essays submitted for national assessments such as ACT and SAT.
While attending UNI, Cheryl accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior. Her many years of Christian service began on the UNI campus when she became an active member of Campus Crusade for Christ. That service continued when she moved to Indiana. She became a member of Colonial Hills Baptist church where she loved and served God for 48 years. She loved serving God and was very faithful in her service. She was blessed to teach the 6th grade Sunday School class at Colonial Hills Baptist Church for 42 years. She found much pleasure in nurturing those young girls, helping them grow in their faith in God. She had fun with them too. I'm sure every girl anticipated the invitation for Cheryl's “Cookies, Tea and Games” parties in her home.
Anyone who knew Cheryl, knew she loved to sing. She was a faithful member of the church choir with her lovely alto voice. It was always a little bittersweet when she traveled and missed choir on Sunday morning. During this past year of the Covid pandemic, she would sing along as she participated in worship online. She was an avid fan of Ron Hamilton, aka Patch the Pirate, and all his music and recordings. She prayed often for him as his health declined.
Cheryl's service to her church reached further than the 6th grade girls and choir. She also worked in the church library, and after retiring from teaching Sunday School, she began taking attendance for the Bereans, a class for Senior Saints age 72 and older.
Cheryl was also passionate about the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter, visiting both many times. She was so excited when her great nieces and nephews visited both museum's this past June then spent some time with her in her home. Another great passion for Cheryl was dogs. From the time she was a young child, she always had a dog. She especially loved Susie Q, Samson, and current dog, Roxie.
Because her UNI roommate, Becky, shared what a true relationship with Christ was almost 50 years ago, Cheryl learned that she must pass that simple truth on to others. As a result, she took every opportunity to share about God's saving grace with everyone she knew, especially with her mom, dad, and brothers. It was her most precious privilege to lead her brother, Tom, to Christ. She was especially close to him because of that bond. The way Cheryl lived her life made it easy to love her. While we are sad for our loss, her family and friends are thrilled to know she is in splendor with a healed body as she walks hand in hand with Jesus singing “RISE AND SHINE AND GIVE GOD THE GLORY, GLORY!”
In addition to her parents, Cheryl was preceded in death by her brother, William James Hagman; paternal grandparents, Ed and Agnus Hagman; and maternal grandparents, Michael (Ed) and Mildred Jacobe.
Survivors include her brother, Tom (Nelva) Hagman; niece, Sarah (Jason) Richards; great-nieces, Adelyn and Everly Richards; great-nephews, Colwyn and Rafe Richards; very dear and close friend and roommate of 45 years, Linda King; uncle, Jim (Linda); aunt, Beth Roush; 11 cousins and their families; and her beloved dog Roxie.
Family and friends will gather at 3 pm Sunday, October 3, 2021 in Colonial Hills Baptist Church, 8140 Union Chapel Road. Indianapolis, IN 46240 where a Celebration of Life Service will begin at 4 pm.
A second Celebration of Life Service will take place on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 10:00 am in Grace Church, 4200 E 25th Street, Des Moines, IA 50317 with a Committal Service following in the Highland Memory Gardens, 1 NE 60th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 500317. Family and friends are invited to attend a Luncheon provided by Grace Church at 12 noon.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Colonial Hills Baptist Church for the church choir.
The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and loving support.
A Committal Service will take place at a later date in Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa.
Bussell Family Funerals is privileged to assist the family with arrangements.