Henry William Almgren, 89, a lifelong Town of Poughkeepsie resident, died peacefully at Vassar Brothers Hospital on January 5th, 2019 after sustaining injuries in a car accident on December 17th. Hank was born in Poughkeepsie on September 8th, 1929 to Carl Aine and Esther Linnea Dahl Almgren, who emigrated to the US from Sweden in 1923. He graduated from Arlington High School in 1947. He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Carl (Arthur) and Raymond, and his wife June.
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He worked first for Hubbard’s Orchards in LaGrange, and then started a 42-year career with IBM in 1948, where he rose from a basic laborer through the ranks of technical positions and into management. He married June Ann Bagnall on November 23, 1952 and they made their home in the Town of Poughkeepsie where he lived his life to the fullest. He is survived by his daughter Karen A. Fitzgerald and husband Michael of Loveland, CO; son Carl W. Almgren and wife Jody of Fort Collins, CO; and daughter Carol L. Chippari of the Town of Poughkeepsie. They had five grandchildren – Andrew and Jared Almgren, Christie Almgren Sepulveda, and Kristin and Christopher Chippari.
Hank was always a steadfast worker and praised uniformly by his peers over his time at IBM. After retiring in 1990, he shifted his time to his garden, where he grew the best roses and tomatoes, and enjoyed the birds. But he especially spent a lot of time golfing and enjoyed those outings with his friends at College Hill on a regular basis, even getting a hole-in-one in 2009. He was also a regular at the local breakfast diners, where he and his buddies always enjoyed spirited discussions. He often attended Marist Red Foxes Women’s Basketball games, and was an avid NY Giants and Mets fan, calling plays like a coach or referee while watching the games. He had a sharp mind and was in excellent physical shape, still able to do the entire Walkway over the Hudson or play a good round of golf. He was confirmed as a teenager in LaGrange’s Freedom Plains United Presbyterian Church, where he still was still active and enjoyed attending along with his grandson Chris.
Donations in his name may be made to Freedom Plains United Presbyterian Church, PO Box 400, Lagrangeville, NY 12540http://www.fppchurch.org/WPS/
or to the Dutchess County SPCA, 636 Violet Ave, Hyde Park, NY, 12538ttps://dcspca.org/. Burial Services and a Celebration of Life will be held later in the spring at a date to be determined. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wm. G. Miller & Son FH, Inc., 371 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at www.wmgmillerfuneralhome.com