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Gerald "Jerry" George Hagen
April 3, 1951 ~ July 29, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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Gerald George Hagen, Jerry to his family and friend
Jerry lived on this side of heaven for 72 years, 3 months and 26 days. On July 29th, while we were saying goodbye, Jesus was saying, “Welcome home dear friend!” For the Christian, to be away from the body is to be at home with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5: 6-8) We envisioned Jerry getting a huge bear hug from Jesus followed by hugs from family and from many others that had gone on to glory ahead of him.
Jerry was married to Jan Doran Hagen for over 47 years. He is the marvelous dad of three adult children: Andrea, Jon and Stephanie; grandpa to ten grandchildren and great grandpa to one great grandchild due to be born very soon. Each of us except the one yet to be born have fond stories to share of our Jerry! Jerry was a very talented man: Master Goldsmith, carpenter, handyman, past gymnast, football player and “ballroom dancer.” Jan would quip that it was like looking in the mirror when we watched “Dancing with the Stars.” He and Jan went on several short-term mission trips which took them to Honduras, Costa Rica, Mexico, Philippines, and El Salvador. They traveled elsewhere, enjoying Hawaii, Florida, several other states, and Canada, but their favorite place was their cabin on Logging Creek, where time was spent with family was priceless.
We will always remember Jerry’s kindness, his servant heart, his love for Jesus, his family, his friends and for the lost and found of this world. He also had a special place in his heart for his dogs. Jerry was forgiven and thus he was forgiving. He never held a grudge and was more than willing to leave all judgement to God. His spirit was tender towards the things of God. He was ready for his face to face meeting his heavenly Father, his precious Savios and his wonderful Counselor- his Triune God. The only debt Jerry was still paying was the continuing debt to love this world’s lost and found. Our loss, heaven’s gain is surely true as we embrace God’s good plan for our dear Jerry. Till we are reunited, we will hold his memory close.
“Sitting down, Jesus called the twelve and said, ‘Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35) Jerry never wanted to be first. He was very humble and likely considered himself the very last. He definitely was the servant of all. Well done, Jerry.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and brother Mert. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and the great grandchild, numerous cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews, grand nieces and friends as well as his dogs Gauge and Bay and grand dogs Boone and Sage.
To honor his memory and his Lord, please go do a kind deed for whomever God places in your life.