Bruce Hagen

bruce hagen
The man. The myth. The legend. Bruce Edward Hagen, 71, passed away peacefully on August 31, 2019 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND. Bruce wanted it known that he died as a result of being stubborn, refusing to follow doctors’ orders and raising hell for more than seven decades. Bruce loved his family and friends more than anything. He was a natural born killer of fish, birds, deer and red squirrels. He hated green beans and following rules, but loved bacon, peanut butter and fireworks. He could usually be found with a PBR or Manhattan in his hand and a smile on his face. He was always the guy willing to help anyone out. If you needed bail money or a tow, Bruce was your guy. Without a doubt he genuinely cared for people. He is the current world record holder for owning the most blue jeans and crisp pressed white shirts. He will always be remembered for his humor & spirit in life. Bruce Edward Hagen was born on December 25th, 1947 in Fargo to Edward and Ava Hagen. Bruce graduated from Central High School in 1966. He then went onto college for a year with his brother and best friend, Terry Hagen, at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. Bruce married Susan Schossow in 1969, living in Bemidji, MN and Fargo, ND. They had 2 daughters Tara and Mandi. Bruce then married the love of his life, Jane Huisinger, in 1982 and they made their home in Fargo, ND. Bruce was a hardworking man. Bruce had various jobs throughout his lifetime to include; working at Dueling Optical in Bemidji and Fergus Falls. He owned a truck washing company, Jiffy Wash in the early 1980s. Bruce then moved into the printing business and worked for Prairie Web press which was later sold to Richtman’s Printing. He worked at Northern Improvement on the I-29 interstate and Bruce finished his working career as part owner of Brennan’s Dry cleaning and Laundry in Fargo. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Ava Hagen of Fargo; his brother Terry Hagen of Bismarck ND; his stepson, Loren Huisinger of South Carolina; and his large collection of animal mounts. Bruce is survived by his daughters Tara Hagen and Mandi Hagen (Ryan Rastedt) of Fargo ND; his stepdaughter Amy Grant of Lakewood, CO; his grandchildren, Lawsen Turner and Ava Volk both of Fargo; his nephews Chad Hagen of Poquoson,Va and Mike Hagen of Middletown, PA and their families. His Cousins and a blessing of lifetime friends. Sadly another one bites the dust, but the memory and spirit of Bruce will live on through everyone that loved him. The family would like to ask guests to wear Hawaiian shirts or fun attire in honor of Bruce for the memorial service. The Memorial Service will be held at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo Wednesday Sept 18th @ 4pm. Visitation from 3-4pm. A celebration of life will be held following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Fishin' for the Cure ND -

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  1. when i was in business, Bruce was one of the most level headed, and hard working guys i ever met.
    rip Bruce. you are one of the good ones.

  2. During the Short period of time that I met you Mr. Bruce Hagan you were the most sweetest kindest person I ever met and the day we met we hit it right off the back talking about both our shoes I wore on my first day you are my favorite client of all times you will be truly missed Mr. Hagan Ill always miss your smile your smile is what I miss most your laughter is what I hold onto from the day I started at Arbor Park you gave me hell but it was all worth it and we were very close I’m glad I was able to meet such a sweet soul

  3. I’m so sorry to learn of Bruce’s passing. When I worked at UPS I used to see Bruce and his crew washing our Trucks every evening. Bruce was a hard working guy with a kind smile. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Bruce’s. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and God Bless. Rest in peace my friend.

  4. Bruce,
    You will always be Remembered! I remember when we met you, we came over to your home with Doug and Kathy. Your giant dogs knocked me over with kisses! We always had such fun with you, and am sure the fun you bring is continuing on. Take care my friend, you will be in my heart forever. Prayers for your family!

  5. Mandi and Tara,
    Memories of hunting, bird camp, deer camp, what a wonderful group of guys and gals. Seeing the dogs work, cheering on the Bison, Vikings and Twins. Sharing the house together, three old bachelors, and enjoying the holidays together with your family and others.
    Bruce you were the best. You kept me smiling and laughing. I truly will miss you and will never forget you. Thanks, Andy Sherwin

  6. I feel lucky to have known Bruce Hagen. Everyone was better with Bruce in their corner. I always knew if I were ever in need he would of done anything for me. Including the Hawaiian shirt off his back. He will always be remembered and missed.

  7. Bruce and I were once set off to attend the annual printing convention in San Francisco. We walked once through the convention floor and had enough. The next day we got up at 5:00 a.m. and went out on a deep sea fishing boat. We caught about 20 25lb Salmon. The next 3 days we had a blast wandering around S.F . Thanks for the memories Bruce! You were a good man!

  8. Bruce will be missed by many.
    He was one heck of a kind fellow.
    Qe had sum Laughs and trusted each other when we spoke.
    Bruce Hagen.

  9. I was shocked to hear of Bruce’s passing and my he RIP..
    I met Bruce when he delivered laundry to Breckenridge hospital, he was always working so hard. There was always time for a few laughs between him and I though…He will truly be missed by many..

  10. Bruce was one of my Dad’s (Tom Stiller) life-long friends and I have known him most of my life. He was always good-natured with a twinkle in his eye. I was in Fargo in February and I am so glad that I went to visit Bruce and we had some laughs, like we always did. I will miss him.

  11. Bruce was a terrific motivating Manager I had the Pleasure of working for him for 15 months at Finch Research, doing the Political surveys and more. His step son Loren, was one of my sons best Friends at south high school, I have so many memories of their fun times, and Brennen’s is my dry cleaners, did not Know brace was part owner. Such a Giant o fa man, and the highest integrity.

  12. Bruce was my “other” dad and will be missed more than I can say. I am so glad I got up to see him before he passed…I would never have forgiven myself if I didn’t. Bruce was all about having a good time and making sure everyone had what they needed or wanted. He would drop everything to help and always made you laugh – a trait I wished more people had. You couldn’t help but smile when he was around and he enjoyed life to it’s fullest. I will always have peanut butter/bacon sandwiches, something that sounds awful but is really fantastic. He told me, “Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it” and he was right. I met Bruce when I was 5 years old and he was always there to cheer me up when I was sad, to encourage me when I wanted to try something new, to just “be there” when I needed a friend. I love you and will miss you.

  13. Bruce …. I love and miss you my friend.. Life and hunting has taken a turn without you in it.. You made a lot of people smile and I’m proud to say that I’m one of them…Your personality was rare and most wonderful… I will never forget you my friend❤️

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