Lt. Col. Grant Van Keuren Hagge

Lt. Col. Grant Van Keuren Hagge

After a long life filled with a love for family, Lt. Col. Grant Van Keuren Hagge (Ret.), 73, passed away Feb. 6, 2018.

Grant was born on Dec. 29, 1944 in Kingstree, South Carolina. He is the son of Elizabeth Van Keuren Kern and James Murchison Kern. Among those who will miss him dearly are his wife of 51 years, Jane Dahlstrom Hagge, as well as his four daughters and their husbands: Katherine Hagge-Jenkins and Mark Jenkins, Sally Hagge-Bailey and John Bailey, Alice Hagge and Adam Carey, and Holly McHaggee and Chris McHaggee.

Grant’s career with the United States Air Force took him and his family to far flung locales, from the frozen tundra of Minot, N.D., to the deserts of West Texas and the tropical islands of the pacific, including Oahu and Okinawa, Japan. Before retiring to Rome, Ga., he served in Washington, D.C., as the Air Force Liaison to the FAA.

He loved fishing, hunting and exploring. And he imparted his passion for adventure and devotion to learning to his children and also his grandchildren Alexander Bailey, Iris McHaggee, Griffin Bailey, Violet McHaggee and Arden Carey.

Family has always been foremost for Grant and he remained very close with his brother James M. Kern, Jr. and sister Karen Kern Rutledge and their spouses, Carol Kern and John Rutledge. He is also survived by his caring in-laws Bob and Sally Rudert.

The 1962 graduate of East Rome High School went on to Berry College and later got his Master’s in communication from Webster University. He completed squadron officer school as well as air war college in the USAF. Grant earned several medals as part of his service during the Vietnam War and continued service until his retirement from the Air Force. He earned the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Outstanding Unit award with valor device and two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with one oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Good Conduct medal, the National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star, the Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze stars, the Air Force Overseas Short Tour ribbon, the Air Force Overseas Long Tour ribbon, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

He loved animals and could often be found with his cats or dogs by his side while spinning a tale or planting fruit trees and vegetables.

Services will be performed Thursday, Feb. 8, at 4 p.m.at Daniel's Funeral Home. Friends and family will be received at the Claremont House across the street following the service. Interment will be Friday at 10 a.m.at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton.