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Harold Hagen

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Jan. 5, 1919-July 23, 2009

Harold C, Hagen, 90, of rural Callaway, died July 23, 2009 as a result of a tractor rollover accident.

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Harold Curtis Hagen, the son of Ole O. and Inga (Walden) Hagen, was born Jan. 5, 1919 in rural Westbury, Minn. Harold moved with his family to Detroit Lakes in the early 1920s, and graduated from Detroit Lakes High School. In 1938 he moved to rural Callaway to help his grandparents, Iver and Anna Walden, and Aunt Besse Walden, with their farming. He also did custom work for area farmers, field chopping, silo filling, and bailing hay.

In 1965, Harold attended vocational school and went to work for Sperry Univac in St. Paul as a mechanical draftsman in 1966. Following that, he worked 15 years for the Great Northern/Burlington Northern Railroad in St. Paul as a draftsman and later, with document control. He attended Bethlehem Lutheran church in St. Paul.

In 1982, Harold retired and moved back to his farm. He continued to help with fieldwork each summer until 2003. He enjoyed farm machinery, particularly Allis Chalmers Tractors, machinery shows, auction sales, and was very interested in local history.

Selfless with regard to personal finance, Harold donated much of his income to charities and political causes he believed were for the common good. Like many, a lifelong bachelor, he became set in his ways, which included his lifelong Norwegian-Lutheran faith.

Survivors include a sister, Opal Wieck of Escondido, Calif.; and sister-in-law, Ella Hagen of Detroit Lakes; as well as four nephews and one niece.

His parents, Ole O. and Inga Hagen, and brother Russell Hagen preceded Harold in death.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., in West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 29 at Richwood Lutheran Church in rural Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Eric Lemonholm officiating.

West-Kjos Funeral Home is providing arrangements. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com.

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