Howard Lawrence Hagen

Born: Sat., Jan. 23, 2016
Died: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018


Graveside Service

1:00 PM Mon., Feb. 26, 2018
Location: Olney Cemetery


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Howard Lawrence Hagen, the Patriarch of the Hagen family, passed away on February 20 at the age of 102.

Howard was born January 23, 1916 to I.L. and Beulah Hagen on the family ranch in Pendleton, Oregon. He graduated from Pendleton High in 1933 and worked on the farm the next three years before going to work on a construction crew for Pacific Power. Following his time with Pacific Power he moved on to become a Petroleum Delivery driver for Pendleton Grain Growers.

Howard’s love for his hometown and his country led him to enlist in the Army in April of 1941 where he served in Chemical Warfare and Inspections.  He spent five years serving before he was honorably discharged in March of 1946 as a First Lieutenant and went back to work for Pendleton Grain Growers.  He spent the next 29 years as the manager of the Machinery division at PGG before retiring in 1975. He then traded in his Grain Growers attire for his farmer’s coveralls and went back to work managing the family wheat ranch, which he continued to do until his mid-90’s.

The list of organizations Howard supported and volunteered for in Pendleton and the surrounding area was abundant.  Among them was the Salvation Army, where he served four years as a board member.  He also served on the Umatilla County Apprentice Committee, spent eight years on the State Apprentice and Trades Council board and eight years on the Pacific NW Hardware and Implements Board where he was elected president in 1957.  And last but certainly not least, he spent 20 years Lettin’ ‘Er Buck as a Pendleton Round-Up volunteer.  

He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, where he spent many Sundays making coffee for and visiting with the congregation prior to services. He was also a member of Pendleton Elks and the Pendleton Lions club.

Among Howard’s other loves were trap shooting, golf and playing cards. He was also a spectacular story teller, consistently capturing the attention and imaginations of his grandchildren, and extremely quick witted.  The clever little smile he’d get when he made someone laugh (which was often!) is an expression that will be engrained in our memories forever.    

Howard’s greatest affection was for his wife, Marian Dorothy Cotter, whom he married in November of 1943 in Rochester New York.  Together they had two children, Ed and Abby.  Howard and Marian were married for 41 years; their life together cut short when Marian passed away in July of 1984.  Howard is survived by his son Ed Hagen (Kathy), his daughter Abby Cassel (Dave), his sister Dorothy Soland, many nieces and nephews, his five grandchildren, Jeff Hagen (Nicole), Jennifer Miller (Kelly), Andrew Kershaw (Trish), Tiah Kershaw, Joe Muzyn, and great granddaughter Elise Miller. His wife Marian, brother Les and sisters Bonnie and Rachel preceded him in death.

A graveside service at Olney Cemetery will be held on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.  

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Doug & Tedde (White) Holcomb
   Posted Thu February 22, 2018
Our condolences to your family. We so enjoyed Howard's stories all the years we attended Peace Lutheran with him. He made the best coffee, too!
Blessings in the memories, Eddie.

Dave Webb
   Posted Fri February 23, 2018
So sorry for your loss he was nice guy

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