In Memory of

Gene Hagan

August 19, 1929 - November 21, 2011
Donald Gene Hagan, the son of Roy and Annie (Bainbridge) Hagan was born August 19, 1929, in Kingsley, Iowa. His childhood years were spent in Kingsley where he attended school and graduated from Kingsley High School in 1947. Following graduation Gene enlisted in the Army and served two tours during the Korean War where he was stationed in Germany and Alaska. On October 29, 1953, Gene was united in marriage to Wilma Walters in Pierson, Iowa. They lived in Kingsley, Sioux City, Pierson, and Royal, IA before moving to Le Mars, IA in 1959. Gene worked in agriculture his whole life where he farmed and worked at elevators. They moved to Larrabee, IA in 1973. Gene was a hard worker but more than that he was a compassionate person. After their children were grown they became foster parents and cared for dozens of special needs children over the years. They had a special bond with each and every child that were lucky enough to have stayed with them. Gene enjoyed woodworking, gardening, raising dogs, camping and fishing. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. On November 21, 2011, Gene passed away the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee at the age of 82. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Annie Hagan; one brother, Corky Hagan; and one son, Rick Hagan. He is survived by his wife Wilma Hagan of Cherokee, IA; Children, Linda Simmons-Hagan of Cherokee, IA, Robyn Bush of Cherokee, IA, and Steven Hagan of Cherokee, IA; son-in-law, Gary Simmons of Cherokee, IA; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Hagan of Syracuse, MO; one brother, Bob (Helen) Hagan of Kingsley, IA; brother-in-law, Don (Coralyn) Walters of Quimby, IA; eight grandchildren: Alecia (Stan) Maurer of Cherokee, IA, Shannan McNamara of Cedar Rapids, IA, Aaron Bush of Cherokee, IA, Chet Bush (Liz) of Cedar Rapids, IA, Sara Stimac of Kansas City, MO, Melissa Hagan of Chicago, IL, Shane (Hailey) Cobb of Syracuse, MO, and Brandi Hagan of Syracuse, MO; 7 great-grandchildren; as well as other relatives and friends. Cards may be sent to: Wilma Hagan 725 n. 2nd st Cherokee, IA 51012
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, November 26, 2011 at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Pastor James Steen
Visitation will begin at 9:00 A.M. Saturday and continue until service time at Greenwood Funeral Home.
At a later date.


Friday, October 17, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry to hear this. I am one of the foster kids. I hope everybody is doing good.”
- Katie S Rickertsen
Sunday, November 27, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Wilma, Linda, Robyn, Steve, and families,
I was so sorry to learn of Gene's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. May you find comfort in all of the memories that you had together.”
- Dana (File) Kies
Friday, November 25, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“I am sorry to hear about the passing of Gene. He was not only a good friend but a wonderful neighbor in all the time I lived next door to him and spent many hours talking and learning from him. Please accept my condolences on the loss of a good man.”
- Casey J. Engleman
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