He was born in Tell City, IN on November 17, 1919 to the late Herman and Elizabeth (Hermann) Hagedorn. A 1936 graduate of Tell City High School, he was WWII Navy veteran.
Walter was married on October 20, 1946 to Valentine Oko, who precedes him in death in 2007.
Walter was president and owner of H.H. Hagedorn Sons, Inc., a timber and lumber business. He was elected to the city council in 1960 and served as mayor of Tell City for 6 terms from 1964-1988. He was President of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns from 1975-76. He served as Second Vice President in 1973-74 and First Vice President in 1974-75. Walter received the Russell G. Lloyd Distinguished Service Award in 1977. In 1985 Mayor Hagedorn received the Tri-State Mayor of the Year award from the Evansville Freedom Festival, where he was an honored guest. In 1987 Mayor Hagedorn was honored by the Tell City Area Chamber of Commerce for his many accomplishments in public service as Mayor of Tell City.
He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 1172 and its 4th Degree, V.F.W Post #2939 and American Legion Post #213.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and being with family.
Surviving are sons, Michael H. Hagedorn and Walter L. Hagedorn, both of Tell City, IN; six grandchildren, Michael Garrett Hagedorn, Walter Ralph Hagedorn II, Stephen Cyril Hagedorn, Patrick Craig Hagedorn, Jennifer Meunier and Casey Elizabeth Spears; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, James Hagedorn of Woodstock, NY and Louis Hagedorn of London, KY; sister, Jeanette Schaefer of Tell City, IN
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife and siblings, Ruth Weber, Marcella Cobler, Dorothy Hagedorn, Frances Ludwig, Anna Casey, Dennis, Leo and George “Cy” Hagedorn.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. CST on Monday, September 9, 2013 at St. Paul Catholic Church. Rev. Tom Richstatter, OFM will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, with military rites. Visitation will be at Zoercher-Gillick Funeral Home on Sunday from 2:00-8:00PM, with a K of C prayer service at 6:30PM and 8:30- 9:30 AM Monday.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Catholic Church.