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Donald L. Hagan

Donald L. Hagan

Donald Leroy Hagan, 94, of Darmstadt, IL, born November 25, 1926 in Easton, IL, passed away on Monday, January 4, 2021 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, IL.  He was a WW2 Navy veteran serving on the USS Tortuga, affectionately known by her crew as “The Galloping Ghost of the Pacific Coast”. He joined the Laborers’ Union in 1944 where he worked on many construction sites. He also spent 25 years as the Local Business Agent until his retirement in 1988.Donald was the Founder of the Donald Hagan Goose Club of Southern Illinois, also a member of the Illinois Nut Tree Association, VFW Post 7710 in New Athens, Laborer’s International Union of America, Local 1303 and 459, the 76er’s Club and Darmstadt Community Club. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper. Donald took great pride in supplying his family and friends with vegetables from his garden. He enjoyed grafting fruit and nut trees, particularly pecan trees. Donald and his wife Jacqueline enjoyed traveling with the Senior Group.

Mr. Hagan was preceded in death by his parents; Robert Lee and Allie Meade (Wells) Hagan and his brother Albert Wayne Hagan.

Donald is survived by his loving wife of 65 years; Jacqueline Ann (Hermann) Hagan, who he married on September 30, 1955 at St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, IL, two daughters; Kristie (Randy) Galati of Swansea, IL and Donna (Michael) Johnson of St. Libory, IL, two sons; Robert (Nancy) Hagan of Darmstadt, IL and Michael (Tina Waller) Hagan of Marissa, IL, ten grandchildren; Jacob (Amy) Sommer, Kayla Sommer, Melissa (Kyle) Whitworth, Chelsie (Ryan) Stangle, Christian (fiancé Samantha Lewis) Hagan, Miranda (Rob) Bury, Katrina Galati, Kallie Galati, Kristopher (Wendy) Recker and Stephen Recker, eight great grandchildren; Wyatt and Morgan Stangle, Abigail and Charlie Whitworth, Waylon Sommer, Delilah Bury and Lilly and Tucker Recker. He is also survived by his dear sister-in-law Joyce Skorcz and his dear nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated at St. Jude Children’s Hospital at St. Jude.org.

Funeral services are limited to immediate family members due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Bryan and Darlene Rausch says:

    Our sincere sympathy to the Hagen family. Your in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Mark and Lynn Vasquez says:

    To the Hagan family—our sympathy and prayers to you all.

  3. Sharon Gaubatz says:

    Donna, so sorry to hear about your Dad. What a beautiful life he had. Wish you, your Mom & family much peace. Our thoughts & prayers with you—-love, Mark & Sharon

    • Donna says:

      Thank you Sharon. I know you have been through this too. ❤️

      • Dawn Idecker says:

        Rob,
        We are so sorry for the loss of your dad, he was such a great guy. Gary & I always enjoyed visiting with him & your mom at gatherings. We know he’ll be truly missed. Keeping you, your mom & your entire family in our thoughts & prayers. ❤ The Ideckers

  4. Chiyoko Louise Gussin née Miller says:

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss.

  5. Our condolences to the Hagan family.

  6. What a wonderful gentle loving Father, Husband, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather! What a privilege to know him. He gave so much to his family, friends, and community. God bless him and all of you during this time of great loss. You all will be in my prayers.🙏❣😰

  7. Cathy Sinn Flowers says:

    Hagan Family, I am so very sorry about the passing of your husband and dad. Our paths crossed a few times when my mom was having problems. Honestly, I was just thinking about your mom and dad yesterday. Donna, may you, your mom, and your siblings feel God’s Peace. I will be praying for his soul and all of you.

  8. Paula Hoover says:

    So Sorry to hear this💔
    Our Condolences to the Hagan Family🙏

  9. Pamela Sinn Hargan says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of Mr Hágan’s death. May the family find comfort in knowing he is now once again at peace and in the arms of our loving Father.
    Thoughts and prayers for the entire family.

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