William (Bill) H. Hagedorn, 65, of St. Petersburg, FL passed away Thursday, January 24, 2019. Bill was born in Fort Walton Beach, FL on April 22, 1953. He graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in 1971 and The University of West Florida in 1977. Bill was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy. Upon completion of Naval Flight Training, Bill earned his wings of gold in February 1980. He was assigned to fly the Antisubmarine Warfare P-3 Orion aircraft where he served in Patrol Squadron 56 (VP-56). After serving in the Fleet and making several deployments, Bill became an instructor at NAS Whiting Field, teaching Student Naval Aviators in the initial phase of flight training. Bill took pride in his ability to develop numerous successful Navy and Marine Corps pilots. Bill left US Naval service in September 1985 and began a career with Northwest Airlines. During 20 years at Northwest he flew numerous aircrafts in the US and overseas including the Boeing 727, the DC-10, and the Boeing 747-400. Bill retired in 2006 as a Captain on the Boeing 757. Bill was known to his fellow pilots as a most dedicated and meticulous aviator. Bill also had a passion for boating and was a member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. He enjoyed socializing with his many friends and neighbors and particularly enjoyed weekly lunches by boat with the ORG's (Old Retired Guys) as well as his lunches at The Wharf with his group of pilot friends. Bill had a quirky sense of humor and enjoyed teasing his friends and making other laugh. Everyone who knew Bill will miss him dearly but none as much as Amazon Prime. Bill is survived by his wife Tammi of 34 years, his sister Carol Shaw (Bryant), sister-in-law Gloria Thomas, Mother-in-law, Hilda Lee and his beloved dog, Bailey. Bill also had two nephews, David Shaw and Tony Shaw (Kelly), a niece Stephanie Johnston (Sully) and three great nephews, Tony Shaw, Evan Shaw and Maddox Johnston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Petpals at Petpalanimalshelter.com or RNPA Retired Northwest Airlines Association Scholarship Fund: contact: Tom Schellinger 952-953-4378/ Paul Soderlind Memorial Scholarship, P. O. Box 240928, Apple Valley, MN 55124, or the charity of your choice.
Bill's wishes were to be cremated with his ashes scattered in the Gulf of Mexico that he loved. At his request, there will be no funeral service.