Frederick Hagen, 88, Burnsville

Published 8:20 pm Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Rev. Frederick H. Hagen, 88, died June 21, (on the 48th anniversary of his ordination in Geneva) at his home in Burnsville after battling cancer.

Fred was born Nov. 12, 1923, in Toledo, Ohio, to Henry and Margaret (Hahn) Hagen. His mother died when he was 9 months old and at 18 months he was placed in the Lutheran Orphans’ Home in Toledo, Ohio, (the youngest child ever placed in that orphanage) and lived there until age 18.

Frederick Hagen

After working in the Merchant Marines on the Great Lakes, he entered the U.S. Navy during World War II and served on the USS Missouri. Upon his discharge, he returned to the Orphans’ Home to work a variety of jobs including as a boys’ supervisor. It was then that he met his wife, Dorothy Weckwerth of New Richland, who was also working at the orphanage.

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They were married May 24, 1950, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in New Richland. Together they raised four children. He worked at several jobs (Luther Home of Mercy in Williston, Ohio; Mercantile Grocery in Clarks Grove and Johnson Laundry in Albert Lea) before deciding to go into the ministry.

He graduated from Austin Junior College in 1960 and Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1964. He served three parishes in his 25-year career: East Norway Lake Lutheran and First Norway Lake Lutheran churches near New London for three years; Grace Lutheran Church of Elmore, Ohio, and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of Graytown, Ohio, for 10 years; and Bethehem Lutheran near Myrtle and Deer Creek Valley Lutheran for 12 years.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bernard and Mabel Weckwerth; brother-in-law Arnold Hanson; brother-in-law David Ide; and sister-in-law Lois Miller.

Fred is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy, and their four children and their families:

• Daughter Marie Hagen (Northfield).

• Son Dan Hagen and his wife, Shari (Northfield) and their children: Keith and Summer Hagen and son, Tommy (Minneapolis); Bekki and Andrew Zaffke and son, Hagen (Columbia, Md.); Kevin Hagen and fiancée Rachel Kovala (Oakdale); and Betsy Hagen (Northfield).

• Son John Hagen (Apple Valley)

• Son Paul Hagen and his wife, Jill (Amherst, N.Y.) and their children: Daniel Hagen (Buffalo, N.Y.); Jacob Hagen, Isaac Hagen, and Hannah Hagen (all of Amherst, N.Y.).

He is also survived by sister-in-law Theresa Hanson (Albert Lea); sister-in-law and brother-in-law Leone and Jim Svelmoe (Rochester); brother-in-law Stanley Miller (Owatonna); and by eight nieces and nephews and their families.

Services will be Monday.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. and a funeral service at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church, 3640 Williams Ave., Burnsville.

A burial service will be at Hillcrest Cemetery near Albert Lea at 3:30 p.m. This will be followed by a memorial service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church near Myrtle at 4 p.m.

Pallbearers will be his eight grandchildren: Keith, Bekki, Kevin, Betsy, Danny, Jacob, Isaac and Hannah. Honorary pallbearers will be Duane Ernst and Dick Johnson.

Memorials preferred to: LHS Family & Youth, Lutheran Homes Society, 2021 N. McCord Road, Toledo, OH 43615-3030. Online condolences