Herbert John Hagen, 81 of Fieldon went to be with our Heavenly Father at 12:40PM on September 2, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born October 1, 1938 on the family farm in Fieldon, Illinois to Louis John and Thelma(Seago) Hagen. He was baptized and confirmed at Fieldon United Church of Christ in Fieldon, where he was a lifetime member and also served on the Church Council in the past.
He attended Gunterman Elementary School and graduated in 1956 from Jersey Community High School. He served in the Signal Core of the United States Army from 1957 to 1959.
He married Janice Lammy on May 10, 1957 at the First Baptist Church in Jerseyville, Illinois. They celebrated their 63rd Anniversary this year.
After returning home from The Service he worked at the Ritter Brothers Service Station in Jerseyville, then Jerseyville Ford Motor Company and became a Certified Ford Technician from St Louis, MO, the Amoco Service Station in Jerseyville, The State of Illinois as a Clerk where he received Clerk of The Year Award from the State. He wanted to fulfill his life’s dream so he purchased his parents farm on RT 16 in Fieldon in 1977 and built Hagen’s Tire and Auto on the farm in 1978. He was approached by Donald Schaaf to haul buckets for Ropers Plastic Company in Jerseyville. He worked in his own Trucking Business from 1989 to 2014. He retired from hauling grain for the local farmers in 2015. He loved farming and working on machinery.
Herb was known to be a very hard worker. He enjoyed his friends and sitting around the coffee table at Betty’s Get N Go in Fieldon. They came to know his quick wit and his one liners. He enjoyed telling jokes and making people laugh.
He loved mowing around our farm and his yard. He was very particular in how his mowing looked. He also mowed for his family when they needed him to mow
He volunteered and mowed for Fieldon United Church of Christ and in the wintertime he plowed and removed the snow for our church.
Farming and Trucking was his passion. He was given a plaque for 25 years and over 3 million miles from his Insurance Company.
His family referred to him as Dad, Grandpa and Pop paw. “Herbie”, as known to most, was the essence of a family man. He especially loved his wife, three daughters, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. They were his heart and soul and his purpose in life. From the time when his three daughters were small every Christmas he and his girls would go shopping for Mom’s Christmas gift and have dinner. Those memories will last forever with Teena, Tammy and Debby.
In his younger years he was in FFA and showed Cattle at the local Fairs, and made many friends in doing so. In years to come he participated in the 1st Jersey County Demolition Derby and won several trophies.
In later years he enjoyed sitting on the back deck of our home to see the corn or beans growing in the field next to the pond. Herb liked watching the ducks and birds fly in to visit our pond. He also enjoyed the Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren fishing in the pond. In the evenings he loved to enjoy the sunset.
He loved driving his ATV around on the farm or ridding with his grandchildren. Grandpa also taught his Grandchildren how to drive in an Old white Dodge truck.
Herb was also known for his “dancing”! He and his wife Janice loved to dance and their Last Dance together was Friday, August 28, 2020 at 5:15AM, dancing to Elvis Presley’s song “All Shook Up”.
He was a Lifetime member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge and also a member of the American Legion.
Herb was preceded in death by his parents Louis and Thelma Hagen, two sisters: Margaret Emmaline (at birth) and Thelma Marie (Hagen) Sauerwein, One brother: Raymond Louis Hagen, parent in laws: Raymond and Rhoda Marie Lammy. Five Brother in Laws: John L Lammy, Edwin Sauerwein, Herbert Jilek, Bernard Tonsor, Fred Lammy, and two Sister in laws: Mary Dolores Jilek, Patricia Lammy and one Son in Law: Michael Clark.
Herb is survived by his wife Janice Hagen, three daughters: Teena Clark of East Alton, Tammy (John) Duggan of Fieldon, Debby (David) Grasle of Jerseyville. Eight Grandchildren: Brandon (Melissa) Wittman, Chad (Samantha) Wittman, John Louis (Lindsey) Duggan, Elizabeth Duggan, Christina (Chris) McElyea, Matthew (Jessica) Grasle, Curtis (Jessie) Grasle, Brett Grasle. Eighteen Great Grandchildren: Haley, Dayton, Peyton, Koltyn, Bayley, Cami, Ezra, Gabriel, Adam, Stephen, Mattelyn, Emmalee, Hagen, Trevor, Maverick, Daxton, Bentley, Paisley and “one on the way”. He is also survived by Two Sister in Laws: Sharon Hagen and Bernadine Tonsor.
Due to current State of Illinois Mandates visitation is limited to 50 people inside the funeral home at a time. Funeral services are limited to 50 individuals.
Visitation will be held Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Crawford Funeral Home, Jerseyville, IL.
Funeral will be held on Friday, September 11, 2020 at Fieldon United Church of Christ, Fieldon, IL at 11:00 AM.
Family requesting to “Please” wear a mask and no personal contact due to covid19.
Memorials may be made to: “Fieldon United Church of Christ” or “Jerseyville FFA” at Crawford Funeral Home.
Cards may be sent to PO Box 9999, Fieldon, IL 62031
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