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Robert E. Hagen

Robert E. Hagen

DUNNELL — Robert “Bob” E. Hagen, 89, of rural Dunnell was called to his eternal rest Saturday afternoon, March 21, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato.

In light of COVID-19 concerns, a private family funeral service will be held March 28, 2020, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sherburn, with Rev. Steven D. Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Lake Fremont Cemetery, rural Dunnell.

Please share a memory of Bob with his family by signing his online guestbook or watch Bob’s funeral service, which will be made available on his obituary page at www.kramerfuneralhome.com

Robert Emil Hagen was born June 6, 1930, in Welcome, Minn., to Emil and Flora (Swift) Hagen. He grew up a farm near Sherburn. Bob was baptized July 27, 1930, and later confirmed on July 23, 1944, both at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Ceylon, Minn. He attended District #65 rural one-room school house through the eighth grade. Bob attended Sherburn-Dunnell school, later graduating with the class of 1948.

He then served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1951-1954. Bob served in the Korean War as a sergeant and when he was in basic training at Camp Pendelton, Calif., he met Ethel McDaniel. They were married Dec. 12, 1953, at Peace Lutheran Church in Southgate, Calif.

Bob attended National School in Los Angeles, Calif. for diesel mechanics. He then taught diesel mechanics for one year. He then became a brick mason. In 1968, the family moved to a farm in rural Dunnell, where they farmed in Lake Fremont Township until his retirement.

Bob was a member of the Korean War and Veterans Chapter 254 and the Ceylon American Legion Post 529. He served on the Lake Fremont Township Board for many years.

He was a long-time member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dunnell and Sherburn.

Bob’s special interests were golf, reading, watching western movies, listening to polka music and Johnny Cash music, and doing word search.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ethel Hagen of rural Dunnell, Minn.; daughter-in-law, Laurie Hagen of rural Sherburn, Minn.; three grandchildren, Jamie (John) Parenteau of Alameda, Calif., Jennifer Hagen of England, and Christopher Hagen of Mankato, Minn.; brother, Reinold (Barb) Hagen of Fairmont, Minn.; sister, Jeanne Lohse of Oakdale, Minn.; nieces and nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Flora Hagen; sons, Kurt Hagen and Eric Hagen; brothers-in-law, Herb Lohse and Dr. Frank McDaniel; sister-in-law, Ruth Lerner; and other relatives.

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