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Earl Hagen

April 2, 1918 — April 2, 2008

Earl Morgan Hagen was born April 2, 1918, in Fargo, North Dakota, the son of Carl Edward and Tillie Olivia (Anderson) Hagen. He attended country school #186 through the eighth grade, and then attended school in Pelican Rapids. Before entering the service, Earl farmed in the Pelican Rapids area. Earl served in the United States Army from September 1941 to October 1945. He was stationed in the United States and New Guinea as a Technical Sergeant with the 41st Infantry Division, the first to reach MacArthur after Pearl Harbor. On December 3, 1944, Earl was united in marriage to Bess Marie Skow at the Ringsaker parsonage in Pelican Rapids. After his military duty, Earl worked for Park Region Oil in Pelican Rapids for nine years. Earl and Bess Marie lived in Campbell, MN, for five years where he worked in the grocery store with his brother, Wilbur. After moving to Pelican Rapids, Earl went into business with his brother, Kermit, at Hagen's Inc., a John Deere implement dealership. He retired in 1981. On February 15, 2007, Earl entered the Pelican Valley Nursing Home. In July of 2007, Earl received two bronze stars, an American Defense Service Medal, an American Campaign Medal, a WW II Victory Medal and an Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal at a special ceremony at the Pelican Valley Nursing Home.Earl enjoyed yard work, farming, bowling and dancing. He also enjoyed pheasant and duck hunting. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, V.F.W. Post #5252 and their Color Guard.Earl, age 90, passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2008, under the care of the Pelican Valley Nursing Home and Lakeland Hospice in Pelican Rapids.Earl is survived by his wife, Bess Marie of Pelican Rapids; two sons: Ralph (Judy) Hagen of Minneota, MN, and Mark (Mary) Hagen of Moorhead, MN; seven grandchildren: Adam (Jodi Hedstrom) Hagen, Joel Hagen, Anna (Eric) Tellekson, Tyler Hagen, Michael Hagen, Alison Hagen and Elise Hagen; sister, Almeda (Charles) Woodward of California; and numerous nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers: Jay, Kermit, Carl and Wilbur.Blessed Be The Memory Of Earl Hagen
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