James “Jim” Daniel Hagen, age 62, of rural Darwin, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008, at his home.
He was born June 17, 1946, in Hutchinson, the son of Everett “Mike” and Ruth (Duesterhoeft) Hagen. Jim was baptized as an infant, July 18, 1946, in the home of Julius Duesterhoeft in Lynn Township, McLeod County. He was confirmed in his faith as a youth, June 5, 1960, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.
Jim received his education in the Hutchinson area, and was a graduate of the Hutchinson High School, class of 1964. He furthered his education by attending the Minnesota School of Business.
Jim entered active military service in the US Army National Guard June 9, 1964, and served his country during the Vietnam War. He received an honorable discharge Aug. 1, 1971.
Jim was united in marriage to Marlene Lundahl Oct. 21, 1967, at the Stockholm Lutheran Church in Cokato. This marriage was blessed with two daughters, Christine and Cindy.
Jim and Marlene resided in Maplewood and Cottage Grove until 1972, when they moved to rural Hutchinson. In 1976, they moved to Brownton, and then, in 2003, Jim built a home in rural Darwin. They shared 41 years of marriage.
During high school, Jim worked as a farm hand. From 1968 until 1972, Jim held employment as a computer programmer in the Twin Cities area. In 1972, he began his career in construction with various local companies until his retirement.
Jim was a member of All Saints Lutheran Church in Darwin. He was also a member of the Brownton City Council from 1980 to 1984, a lifetime member of the Brownton Rod and Gun Club, a member of the Darwin Rod and Gun Club, and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.
Jim enjoyed camping, hunting, and sporting clays. He was a NASCAR racing fan and in the 1960s, had participated in drag races at Minnesota Dragways with his 1965 Chevy.
Jim’s passion was archery. He was the Minnesota State Archery Champion several times, and helped to start the Little Crow Archery Club in Hutchinson. Recently, he began teaching archery to his grandson, Tom.
Jim especially enjoyed the time he spent with his family and friends, and taking his grandchildren to Mini-Rod tractor pulls.
Jim is survived by his wife, Marlene Hagen of rural Darwin; daughters Christine Schochenmaier and her husband, Scott, and Cindy Bock and her husband, Jon, all of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Calvin Schochenmaier, Jacob Schochenmaier, Thomas Bock, and Ellie Bock; siblings Julia Accola and her husband, Curtis, of Rochester, Kathleen Wenger of Mills, NE, Sharon Olson and her husband, Richard, of Roseville, CA, Patricia Kufahl and her husband, Dennis, of La Crosse, WI, and Susan Forcier and her husband, Philip, of Hutchinson; brother-in-law Ralph Lundahl and his wife, Donna, of Dassel; sister-in-law Laverle Lundahl of Mesa, AZ; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Ruth Hagen; parents-in-law Arnold and Esther Lundahl; brothers-in-law Steve Wenger and Roger Lundahl; and a nephew, Scott Wenger.
Funeral service was Thursday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with Pastor Thor Skeie officiating. Music was provided by organist Flo Osness and soloist Kristen Hansch, who sang “God Bless America” and “In The Garden.” Congregational hymns were “Rock Of Ages” and “Onward Christian Soldiers.” Interment was in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Brownton with military honors provided by the Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad.
Casket bearers were Ron Carlson, Gary Carlson, Harlan Jerabek, Verl Laing, Roger Fratzke, and Jerry Block.
Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online condolences may be directed to www.hantge.com. Please click on Online Condolences.