James R. Hagen
James R. Hagen
age 75, Morris, died Friday, July 27, 2018 at The Legacy Assisted Living in Morris, MN under the care of Hospice.
James was born to Harold and Mildred (Wade) Hagen in Graceville, MN. His paternal grandparents were George and Julia (Kerkhoff) Hagen, who moved from Ledyard, Iowa to Big Stone County in 1915. His maternal grandparents were John and Maren Wade who came to the United States from Trondheim Norway in 1892 and homesteaded in Baker Township. His mother was the 13th of 16 children. There are no Wade farmers, but there are descendants of John and Maren who are farming in Minnesota including the Quackenbush's, Tubb's, Smith's, Brunko's and Roehl.
James was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Chokio, MN. At age three his family moved to the farm place which he owned up until the summer of 2017. He graduated from Chokio High School in 1960 and farmed from 1960 to 2007. As a young man starting out in farming, he enjoyed working for a number of his neighbors, some being Donald Gillespie, Fabian Ritter, Duane Busch and Darrel Heur who taught him their trades. By trial and error he built his own house in 1992. He enjoyed RV traveling to several states in the US from 1976 until 2011. He spent his winters in Arkansas from 1984 to 2003 and then at Chandler, Arizona for several years. He finished the Wade Genealogy started by Pauline Smith. He computerized the Chokio Lutheran Cemetery records as well. He left a scholarship endowment to Concordia College Moorhead and at the University of Minnesota Morris.
He is survived by his sister, Jean Schultz of Cold Spring and nieces, Sherri Tune, Debbie (Bud) Visscher, Jeff (Ruthie) Pritchard, Jodi Pritchard, Troy Pritchard, Melissa (Earl) Rapp, Bruce (Gina) Hanson, Larry (Amy) Hanson and several great nieces and nephews.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, infant brother Curtis, brothers Gordon and Gerald, sister Marian Hanson, sister-in-law Connie Hagen, brother-in-law Ralph Hanson and great great nephew Anthony Rapp.