Richard Hagen Sr.
Richard Henry Hagen Sr. was born Aug. 1, 1930, on the family farm south of Homestead, the son of Martin George and Hilda Louisa Adelina (Schwarting) Hagen. He graduated from Marengo High School in 1948. Richard was inducted in the U.S. Army on Jan. 16, 1952, and received his training in Fort Riley, Kan. He was united in marriage to Lillian Roemig on May 24, 1952, at St. John Lutheran Church, near Homestead. After their marriage, Richard was sent to Germany in June 1952. Lillian joined him in May 1953. They lived with Hilda and Herbert Durst for six months. While they were in Germany, they traveled a lot in Europe. Richard was discharged in December 1953. They returned home and Richard started farming with his father and brother Kenneth in 1954. He was a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church, where he served as chairman, secretary, treasurer and elder. He sang in the Amana Young Men's Bureau Chorus and the men's choir at church. He enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling to visit their children and going to his children and grandchildren's activities. Richard passed away Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, at the Highland Ridge Care Center in Williamsburg at the age of 88.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian; five children, Richard (Joyce) Hagen Jr. of Delhi, Patricia (Gary) Coleman of Iowa City, Blake Hagen of West Burlington, Scott (Denise DeLorme) Hagen of Baton Rouge, La., and Shelly Blaylock of Tiffin; five grandchildren, Mitchell (Jess) Coleman, Collin (Cliff) Simmons, Hanna Hagen, Casey Blaylock and Nick Hagen; four great-grandchildren, Emily, Christopher, Juniper and Oscar; a brother, Kenneth (Pat) Hagen of Homestead; and a sister, Doris Heitman of Williamsburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Robin Blaylock.
A celebration of life service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at St. John Lutheran Church near Homestead. Burial will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Powell Funeral Home in Williamsburg. A memorial fund has been established for St. John Lutheran Church. Messages and tributes may be sent to www.powellfuneralhomes.com.