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Remembering Paul Haglin - Spirit of St. Louis Airport Founder

21 Oct 2019 6:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Rev. Paul D. Haglin, 90, of Chesterfield, passed away on October 17, 2019 at Delmar Gardens-Chesterfield. He was born on March 23, 1929 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Preston and Mildred (Daunt) Haglin and brother of Preston Haglin II. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with an aeronautical  engineering degree, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He served his country and was honorably discharged. Paul and Gretel (Staver) were united in marriage  in 1953. They had four children together, Christopher, Alexis, Edward and Philip. Paul was an aerospace engineer for McDonnell-Douglas and an avid private pilot. After tiring of long wait times for private take-offs at Lambert Airport, he dreamed of opening up a general aviation airport. He used his inheritance to buy the land and develop the airport in the area of Chesterfield known as Gumbo. The Spirit of St. Louis Airport opened in 1965, and quickly became the largest privately owned airport in the country. Then  St. Louis County purchased the airport in 1980. In honor of his achievements,  St. Louis County declared May 4th as Paul Haglin day.  There is a street named Paul Haglin drive in Chesterfield Valley. In 2017, he received a lifetime achievement award from Progress 64 West. After founding the airport, Paul served as a Pastor for 44 years, authoring three Christian books. Paul had a radio show called "Letters of Faith" that ran for fifteen minutes everyday for fifteen years in the 70's-80's. He was an All American rifle shooter and an accomplished sailboat racer.

He is survived by his loving family; Alexis and husband Mark Richert of Chesterfield, Edward (Ted) Haglin of Colorado, Philip (Keeler) Haglin of St. Louis and three grandchildren; Tali and husband Jared Shaw of Trabuco Canyon, CA, Paul Haglin of Denver, Co and Paige Haglin of Florida.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, his son: Christopher, his wife and brother.

He will be sadly missed and long remembered by all those who knew and loved him. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 1p.m- 4 p.m. at The Crossing at Chesterfield  114 N  Eatherton Road Chesterfield, MO 63005  1-636-532-1212

Memorial Service will also be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 2 p.m. at The Crossing at Chesterfield 114 N Eatherton Road Chesterfield, MO 63005 1-636-532-1212

Memorial Gifts- Gateway 61 Church 17550 Wild Horse Creek Rd. Chesterfield, MO 63005 

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