James O. Hagen

james o. hagen
James (Jim) Orville Hagen of Fargo passed away in his home on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015, surrounded by his loved ones. Jim was born October 7th, 1953, in Devils Lake, ND, to Orville and Ella (Ellingson) Hagen. He was raised in Devils Lake, graduated from Devils Lake High School, and went on to graduate from NDSCS with a degree in drafting. He worked as manager of Great Plains Supply in Cando, ND, from 1973-1984. From 1984-2014, he worked for A.K. Foss, Inc., in Fargo, ND. Jim married Sandy (Hagen) on November 15th, 1975, and they were blessed with two sons Mark and Jeff. They made their homes in Cando, ND, and Fargo, ND. Sandy passed away on September 7th, 1999. On January 6th, 2005, Jim married Joan Yager. They enjoyed 10 years of traveling and camping. For the past several years they enjoyed lots of friends and a little golf at the Larimore Dam. His passions in life included motorcycles, race cars, traveling, and sharing time with family and friends. Jim is survived by his wife, Joan; son Mark and grandson Brennan, of Fargo, ND; son Jeff, of Frontier, ND; brother Steve (Elyse) Hagen, of Brainerd, MN; sister-in-law Sally Hagen, of Bismarck, ND; sister-in-law Suzi Hagen, of Minneapolis, MN; step-son Kyle (Nicole) Eisenzimmer, of Eagan, MN; step-grandchildren Jack and Layla Eisenzimmer, of Moorhead, MN; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his father Orville, mother and step-father Ella and Pat Kalinowski, first wife Sandy, brothers Robert and John, nephew Peter Hagen, and step-son Jared Eisenzimmer. Honorary pallbearers: all of Jim’s many friends. The family would like to thank Dr. Ralph Levitt, Dr. Denise Snow, and their nurse Renee for the care that Jim has received over the last several years.

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  1. So very Sorry to hear about your Father Jeff. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this very difficult time. Keep your Memories close to you heart.
    Karen and Darryl

  2. Jeff, We are so very sorry for the loss of your dad, You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you very Much!
    Matt, Megan, Emma, and Averie

  3. So sorry to hear the news about your Dad Jeff and Mark. Thinking and praying for you all.

  4. Mark and Jeff:

    My family’s deepest sympathy is with you.

    I am so saddened by your Dad’s passing. My heart is full of memories of him, and your family, from growing up. Races, white water rafting in MT, the time your family stayed with all of us kids when my parents were out of town, and so, so many more. I remember fondly how when I was little I was just never quite sure if Jim was teasing me or not because of the look he’d give me. Your Dad was an incredible friend to my dad for 25+ years, something I know Dad treasured immensely. Jim was strong and courageous, funny, and a very good man.

    Godspeed Jim. And my thoughts and prayers are with the two of you and your entire family during this very difficult time.


  5. Joan, My heart aches for you and your family. Jim was your best friend and the love of your life. He will be missed by many. Paul and I will keep you all in our prayers during this difficult time.
    Love, Jan & Paul

  6. Sorry to here about Jim passing. He was a good guy. Always enjoyed visiting with him at his work. He always treated everyone very well.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Gene Johnson
    Tri State Roofing
    Enderlin, ND

  7. Thinking about you Joan, and the rest of Jim’s family. You’ll all be in our prayers!

  8. It was great to get reconnected with Jim the last few of years. I had been out of the industry and didn’t know he had been sick. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. He will be missed.

  9. Got to know and become one of Jim’s friends over the past 30 plus years through business. Jim’s honesty and intergrity were second to none both professionally and personnally. Jim will be greatly missed but never forgotten. John Stoddart

  10. Sorry for your lose. We have worked with Jim for 25+ years. He was such a pleasure to work with and really cared about his customers. He will be missed. Dan

  11. I only new Jim for three year while working with him at Gulfeagle. He was a great mentor for me with his years of knowledge and expertise in our business. I loved to hear his stories on where he has been and saw in his travels. Our hearts our out to him and his family.

  12. grew up three doors down from jim and have many memories of grade school and high school…my thoughts are with you in this time..keep the good times close.

  13. So sorry for your loss.Jim was a great friend ever since he used to let me cheat with him in chemistry class.

  14. Joan and Family – we are out of town and regret being unable to attend the services for Jim. He was a fun-loving guy and will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through the grief which must be overwhelming. May the good times you and Jim had bring you comfort during this difficult time.

  15. Joan –

    I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Many prayers to you and your family at this time. I know you have happy memories to help you through the sadness and although we can be glad Jim’s suffering has ended he will be missed. Many hugs to you Joan.


  16. Joan and Family,
    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I have such fond memories of growing up together from grade school through high school graduation. He was a great friend! Glod bless your entire family. Rob Fawcett

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