Thomas O. Hagele died March 23, 2014 at ninety years old. He passed away in his sleep, surrounded by family, at his home in Rye, New York.
Thomas was born on August 2, 1923 in Port Chester, NY, but he continued to live in Rye for the remainder of his life. As a dutiful American citizen, Thomas entered into the military service to fight in World War II in January 1943. He served in Greenland and throughout Europe as a PFC and was discharged in December 1945.