O.H. “Buzz” Hagen, 74, of Marion, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at his home. A Celebration of Life will be held from 4-7 p.m. Monday, January 23, 2017, at the Cedar Ridge Winery, 1441 Marak Road NW, Swisher, Iowa 52338. Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion is assisting the family.
Buzz is survived by his wife, Bobbie of Marion; three children, Tammie Hagen of Nevada, Kim (Steve) Flaa of Albert Lea, Minnesota; and Keli Hagen of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; five grandchildren, Samantha (Jeff) Hopp of Des Moines and their children Caleb, Grady and Owen, Ethan (Megan) Moyer of Thorton, Colorado, Maxx Flaa of Eagan, Minnesota, Hannah Moyer of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Elizabeth Obst of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and siblings, Neom (Ken) Johanson of Minnesota and Ordean Hagen of Nebraska.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Darlene Dinse; and brother, Harland Hagen.
Buzz was born January 20, 1942, in New Richland, Minnesota, the son of Orland and Carol (Weed) Hagen. He graduated from New Richland High School. Buzz served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was a longtime resident of Albert Lea, Minnesota, where he was the former mayor and owner of several Standard Oil Stations. Buzz was most recently the CEO of CIMC Intermodal and traveled internationally including China many times.
Buzz and Bobbie would have celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary this February. In addition to Minnesota, the couple has resided in Arizona, Colorado, Texas and California before moving back to Iowa to be close to family. Buzz grew up a Minnesota farm boy and recently purchased thirty-four head of cattle. He found great joy visiting the cattle and watching them grow in the past couple of months.
Buzz will be remembered for his strength, leadership, tenacious spirit, kindness, and generosity. His personality and presence filled the room. He loved his wife and family fervently and was surrounded by them until he took his last breath.
We are the remembers, the people left behind, to keep the one who’s gone from us alive in heart and mind, the people left to cherish and preserve a legacy.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Mercy, 315 18th Avenue, Hiawatha, Iowa, 52233 or The Blesie Tree Foundation-Ghosh Center, 1951 51st Street NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52402.
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