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Published April 02, 2013, 12:00 AM

Virgil O. Hagen

Virgil O. Hagen, age 82, of Sheyenne, ND, died Saturday March 30, 2013, at Ave Maria Village, Jamestown, ND.

Virgil Orlando Hagen was born July 24, 1930, on the Nelson Family farm in South Viking Township, Benson County, rural Maddock, the son of Melvin and Jennie (Nelson) Hagen.

Virgil O. Hagen

Virgil O. Hagen, age 82, of Sheyenne, ND, died Saturday March 30, 2013, at Ave Maria Village, Jamestown, ND.

Virgil Orlando Hagen was born July 24, 1930, on the Nelson Family farm in South Viking Township, Benson County, rural Maddock, the son of Melvin and Jennie (Nelson) Hagen.

The family moved into Hamberg for one year, then to the farm in Valhalla Township that Virgil now lived on. He attended country school there, not knowing English when he started. He worked on the family farm until he entered the Army in 1952, and served in Korea as a "cat-skinner" (bull dozer operator).

On December 16, 1956, Virgil was united in marriage to Darla Noreen Guskjolen in the Fairview Lutheran Church, rural Maddock. They lived in Valhalla Township and in Sheyenne and then to the current farm in Valhalla Township. In addition to farming, milking cows, and raising pigs, Virgil had worked for a short time for Garnaas Farms, Sheyenne Elevator for 5½ years and Bremen Elevator for 5½ years.

Virgil enjoyed ponies as a kid, and he raised miniature ponies for 15 years.

Following a hospitalized illness in April 2012, Virgil entered Ave Maria Village in Jamestown in May 2012.

Virgil had been very active in his community and area, and had served on the Wells Co. Farmer’s Union Board, as Secretary-Treas. of the Vallhalla Farmer’s Union Local, the Vallhalla Township Board, the Bremen Elevator Board, and had served as the Treasurer and Sexton of Eden Cemetery. He was a member of Eden Lutheran Church until it burned, was currently a member of Grandfield Lutheran, had served on the SOAM Church Council, and was a member of the New Rockford Eagles and American Legion, and the Sheyenne VFW post.

Virgil is survived by his wife, Darla, Sheyenne, ND; 2 sons, Randy (Henrietta), Hutchinson, MN, Dean, Maddock, ND; 3 daughters, Charlotte (Doug) Rupp, Crystal, MN, Nancy Hagen, Harvey, ND, Cindy (Eric) Schuster, Carrington, ND; 19 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Delmer, Cathay, ND; 2 sisters, Marlys Welstad, Minot, ND, Diane (Ed) Bratvold, Inver Grove Heights, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Sherman; son, Craig; and granddaughter, Lauren.

Visitation: Tuesday 1PM - 7PM with a Prayer Service Tuesday at 7PM, all in Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford.

Funeral Service: First Lutheran Church, Sheyenne, ND, Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 2:00PM

Interment: Eden Lutheran Cemetery, rural Sheyenne, ND

On-line condolences may be sent at www.EvansFuneralHomeND.com

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