Tuesday, February 21, 2017
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM CST
Allen-Meredith Funeral Home
103 West Main Street
Evansville, WI 53536
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
10:30 AM CST
St. Paul's Catholic Church
39 Garfield Avenue
Evansville, WI 53536
Life Story / Obituary
Roger J. “Jack” Hagen, age 91, bit the dust on Thursday, February 16, 2017, and hopefully with a little bit of shoving, pushing and a bit of luck will reach the next plateau which will take him to the great beyond heaven.
Jack was born 25 March, 1925 to Halvor F. and Jenny M. (Nee: Olson) Hagen at Mercy Hospital in Janesville, WI.
He attended White Star grade school and graduated from Evansville High School “Class of 1943”. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War serving in Washington, D.C. and the Pacific Theatre in China and Hawaii. It was during the Korean War while stationed at the naval torpedo testing base in Piney Point, MD that he married his wife, Viola (Nee: Farrell) on July 6, 1952 in Leonardtown MD. They were married for fifty-three years until her death, February 19, 2005. Not bad for one that people said wouldn’t last as she had been previously married and divorced. After service he took an apprenticeship at Findorf where he worked for a number of years and retired from Madison Metropolitan School District in 1988 as a carpenter. After a couple years of retirement he worked as a part-time maintenance man for Ace Wolff Kubly Hardware Store at Hilldale and Middleton, a lifetime member of Carpenters Local 314.
Jack lived a good full carefree life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was an avid horseshoe pitcher in his youth winning several county and state medals. Among his latest accomplishments was playing the harmonica, or trying to. In 2011 Jack was able to enjoy the Badger Honor Flight.
He is survived by a daughter, Bonnie Hagen of Madison; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Hagen of Evansville; also several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends. Also survived by his wife’s son, Jerry Thompson of Madison. In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by his twin brother, Jim Hagen, brothers, Earl (Shirley) Hagen, Daryl Hagen; son-in-law, Thomas Hagen; and sister-in-law, Lucille Hagen.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 10:30 A.M. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 39 Garfield Avenue, Evansville with Rev. Kevin Dooley officiating. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Tuesday at the funeral home from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.
The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the Evansville Country Club and Madison Labor Temple for the many hours of camaraderie and enjoyment.