Wayne’s Prayer Service will be viewable below:

Wayne’s Funeral Service will be viewable below:

Wayne Maurice Hagemeister, 81, of Argusville, North Dakota, passed away peacefully in his home on May 17, 2022, after suffering from complications of Covid-19 since November 2020. He was cared for by his wife at home, adding hospice support in July of last year.

Wayne was born in Fargo, ND, to Maurice and Ella (Hove) Hagemeister on May 13, 1941. He attended the Hagemeister School, District #31 in Berlin Township through 8th grade and then Argusville High School, Class of 1959.

Wayne married Elizabeth Jalbert of Grandin, ND, in December of 1966, they lived in Fargo before making a home in Argusville in 1970, where they raised four children.

Wayne was active in basketball and track in high school and (according to Wayne), he never lost the mile. His love of sports continued beyond high school when he began organizing, managing, and participating in adult basketball (until age 51!). He organized a women’s basketball team for Liz to play and continued after she could no longer participate. He also joined fast-pitch softball, pool and dart leagues over the years and enjoyed bowling and card club with Liz. He was a huge sports fan and rarely missed an opportunity to watch his children and grandchildren compete at a variety of levels. A champion of women’s sports, he supported many high school and college teams in a variety of sports, even if he didn’t have any family members on the teams.

Forever a people person, sports allowed him to connect with many people from different communities across generations. This connection drew him to travel to see the children of acquaintances play, resulting in a number of fun road trips. He was a master of connecting the dots when it came to people and regularly recognized people he had met before, including their children.

If you sat next to Wayne at a sporting event you weren’t a stranger for long. His great memory for people, knowledge of sporting events, gut-busting jokes, and a flair for story telling made him easy to talk to and sure to bring a smile to your face.

He worked for UPS for 38 years, where he served as long-time flex driver working many different rural routes in the area before taking over the Lisbon area the last 10 years of his career. His coworkers appreciated the positive energy he brought to the workplace and his customers often refused to sign for their packages until he shared a joke. He was 74 when he delivered his last packages before retirement. He was grateful and very proud of his years of service with UPS and enjoyed showing off his awards to visitors.

Growing up in the area, Wayne was often able to tell you the history of the area, where different families lived (past and present) and how they were related. His love of the community and knowledge of the people around him contributed to his ability to serve on the City Council from 2012-2020.

Wayne is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Jalbert) Hagemeister of Argusville, his children Paul Hagemeister of Argusville; Beth Hagemeister of Argusville; Ellen (David) Nowatzki of Grand Forks; and Eric (Kara) Hagemeister of Fargo; brother Dan (Shirley) Hagemeister of Mandan; and five grandchildren.

Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, Maurice and Ella Hagemeister, and siblings, Alan Hagemeister, Carol Hagemeister, and Lois Faye Hagemeister.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 19th from 5-7 pm followed by a prayer service. A funeral service will be held at 10 am Friday, May 20th. All arrangements provided by Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center. Burial will be held at a later date in the Argusville Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Argusville Cemetery or Hospice Red River Valley. The family of Wayne wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the caregivers at Hospice Red River Valley.


Visitation: May 19, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
South Fargo, ND 58103

Prayer Service: May 19, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
South Fargo, ND 58103

Visitation: May 20, 2022 @ 9:00 am

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
South Fargo, ND 58103

Funeral: May 20, 2022 @ 10:00 am

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
South Fargo, ND 58103

Burial: May 24, 2022 @ 1:00 pm

Argusville Cemetery
2449 166th Ave SE
Argusville, ND 58005

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Wayne Hagemeister 's name.

Hospice Red River Valley

Headquarters 1701 38th St. S. Suite 101
Fargo, ND

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  1. Thoughts and prayers to all of the Hagemeister family! Love by so many and will be missed even more. Sending love to all you from AZ. We will cherish his charm, wit and humor.

  2. Wayne will be the the hearts of everyone he met for ages. I’m so blessed to have known him and his amazing family. My deepest condolences on the loss of this wonderful, jovial spirit who could brighten any room.

  3. From Wayne’s retirement, or seeing him at Horace gas station he always had to joke to share to ease the mood you were in, and let me tell you, he made sure you had a good laugh at the end. You will be missed by many Wayne.

  4. I am so sorry hear of the loss of Wayne (what a character). His heart was enormous and he always had time for everyone. I am so proud to say he was my friend. Again to the family I’m sorry for your loss!

  5. Have only great memories of Wayne. Endlessly entertaining and fun. A man who could laugh at himself and see the humor in any dilemma. He will be missed but not forgotten.

  6. There is only one Wayne..so kind, loving, and humorous. Wayne was the first person I met at UPS in Fargo. We had many fun times! There was never a dull moment with Wayne around, with his never ending jokes. He was the life of a party! I am so glad I had the privilege to know Wayne. My deepest sympathy to Liz and family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you! 🙏❤️

  7. Liz & family,
    What fun visiting with Wayne at sporting events or wherever we saw him.
    He always remembered more about Gardner’s girls basketball teams than I (Joyce) did.
    He will be missed!

  8. Liz and family, I was so sorry to hear about Wayne’s passing. Even though several years have passed, I can remember the good times with Wayne & Liz. My heart goes out to you, Liz, and your family.
    There is some comfort in knowing that Wayne is at peace now.

  9. Wayne was truly an Argusville directory. He would know you and talk to you, of course he would tell you the last ball game you played in and who was on your team. He was a true friend. Wayne would be sitting beside you in jail, and say, wasn’t that fun, we should do it again. He will be missed by everyone. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Liz and the family. God rest his soul.

  10. He was the best! Always had a smile and magnetic personality. Delivered to my business and my husbands in Lisbon.🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  11. Sorry to hear of Waynos passing! I worked with him for about 10 years in Fargo and enjoyed his great attitude. I will tip one back for you buddy, rest in peace.

  12. The memories i have of talking to Wayne are of laughing at his jokes and his funny stories.He was a very nice,friendly guy.

  13. Don’t know if they will put this on but…. will miss him alot. Especially the stories of Argusville and all his bull**t throughout tge years!! Love you guys. Our prayers are w you all!!

  14. Great memories of Wayne and Lee Payne coming to visit Dwight in the shop. Loved his jokes! When he came to visit without Lee “he was Payneless”. What’s the difference between in-laws and outlaws? One of them is wanted! I’m sure Wayne and Dwight are busy talking and laughing!

  15. A wonderful written obituary that so eloquently captured his personality and loves! I was one of those who was blessed to have him watch me play basketball throughout my career even though I was from a different school. His support and advice was always heartfelt!! Prayers to you all!

  16. So sorry for your loss and thoughts and prayers for family. I’m grateful to have known Mr. Hagemeister, as I called Wayne when I saw him. He was very kind, funny and most of all genuine. He will truly be missed.

  17. Liz, sending my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to you and your families. It was many years ago that we were fortunate to get to know Wayne. I remember the fun times.
    Thanks for sharing family photos.on the internet. I am sure Wayne was so proud of his family.
    There is comfort in knowing Wayne is now at peace.
    Extending my Sincere sympathy to all of Wayne’s families.

  18. My most sincere condolences on Wayne’s passing! I worked with him on the UPS Preload Shift when he first started there. I remember him fondly for his ability to work with people!

    2 years ago I lost one of my first students (61) to COVID, a young man who over the years became good friends through relatives in FM! Indeed, it is a hard path to loose a loved one to this virus!

    Best Wishes to All!
    Peace & Grace! Del

  19. Wayne is indeed the consumate people person. There is no doubt he is cracking jokes above! I think that almost everyone in the area has heard of Wayne. He will be missed but his life celebrated, just as he would want!! Your fellow UPSer.

  20. Liz and family. We are so sorry to hear about Wayne. We all loved himvery much.he will be so missed. Harriet Holler , Conni, Bonnie, travis and Jessica Holler.

  21. Liz and family, so sorry on the death of Wayne, he was always nice to talk with when we saw him. you have lots of good memories to remember him by. Sorry we will not be able to attend the service.

  22. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you! Beth, I will remember how your dad always had a smile and a joke! He could make friends easily with anyone. He will be missed!

  23. Wayne was such a good friend to me. We would be on teams playing basketball or softball and Wayne would often be very competitive. Wayne was not shy and could talk to anybody! We always had such a great time together! I will miss him very much!!!!

  24. My condolences to the Hagemeister Family at the loss of Wayne. When I think of him – my memories go right back to his big smile and gregarious spirit. Many childhood memories were had at the house in Argusville on Sunday mornings after Sunday School waiting for Wayne and my dad to finish up their Sunday morning conversations. Thoughts, prayers and big hugs to you all.

  25. Eric and family
    We are very sorry for the loss of you Dad. May you find peace and comfort in the days ahead. God bless
    Brad and Marci Anderson

  26. So sorry for your loss. I hope the good memories will live in your hearts until you meet again.

  27. Wayne was one of a kind. Whatever the circumstances were Wayne always wanted to get a smile out of you. I will never forget the letdown on peoples faces when covering his route, when I didn’t have a daily joke ready to fire at them. He was a great guy! Prayers to the family.

  28. Wayne was a good friend and always had a story or a joke to tell. He will be greatly missed! Sincerely, Ed and Peggy Ployhart

  29. Wayne was an amazing cousin. Caring, giving, and always embracing the “Hagemeister” sense of humor. I am grateful that we got to reconnect at cousin’s reunions. Cherish those memories!

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