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OBIT: David “Dave” Hagen

David Jerome Hagen, of Charles City, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 12, 2023, at the age of 83.

David Jerome Hagen, of Charles City, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 12, 2023, at the age of 83.

A funeral service for David Hagen will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 17, 2023, at Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Charles City with Pastor Russ Leeper officiating. The funeral service will be livestreamed from the St. John – Charles City YouTube channel. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at the Oakland Lutheran Cemetery in rural Albert Lea, Minnesota.

Visitation will be at Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 16, 2023, and will continue one hour before the service at the church on Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

David was born to Edwin and Hilda Hagen, on March 19, 1939, in Lake Mills, IA. After graduating from high school, David worked for John Deere Tractor Works, Waterloo, IA, retiring after 30 years, then driving for Sherman Nursery in Charles City, IA.

David met his lovely wife, Helen Emma Hallum, after she asked his sister Marilyn to arrange a date. They were married September 19, 1959, at Oakland Lutheran Church in Minnesota. He helped raise their two daughters with discipline, humility, faith and developed their love for traveling and adventure.

David has had many hobbies. He built a stock car (#14), a ski boat and RV/camper, restored a 1930 Model A, earned his pilot’s license, and built a two-seater airplane. He was skillful at home repairs and remodeling – anything from plumbing and electrical to refurbishing their many homes.

“Smiling Dave” never met a stranger and loved talking with friends at the McDonalds in Charles City. He will be dearly missed by his friends and loved ones.

David is survived by his wife, Helen; daughters, Cathy (John) Draz and Carol (Jay) Powers; grandchildren Shaun (Kim) Gerloff, Courtney (Jamie) Beck and Cody (Kailyn) Draz; great-grandchildren: Adalynn & Parker Gerloff and Ava & Olivia Beck; siblings: Lyle (Marylou) Hagen, Marilyn Stevens, Ervin (Linda) Hagen; and brother-in-law Dale (Mary) Hallum.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jackie; parents Edwin and Hilda Hagen; and siblings: Iva (Carl) Willert, Leo (Ardella) Hagen, Clarion (Ruby) Hagen, Elaine (Chuck) Olson, and Merle (Dorothy) Hagen.

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