Alvin E. "Daisy" Hagen, age
82, of Fosston, MN passed away on Sunday, June 10th at First Care
Hospital in Fosston. Alvin E. Hagen was born on January 7, 1925 in
Duluth, MN to parents Even and Alvina (Pavek) Hagen. He moved with his
family to Fosston, MN in 1939, and graduated from Fosston High School in
He entered the U.S. Army on January 10, 1944 and served in the 82nd Air
Borne, Co. D, 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment. Daisy was wounded in the
Battle of the Bulge on January 10, 1945 and was awarded the Purple Heart
Medal. On September 25, 1945 he received his Honorable Discharge from
After the war, Daisy
returned to Fosston and assisted with the Phy. Ed. Dept. at Fosston High
to the Dairy Queen in 1962. He also drove [the] school bus for the
Fosston School [and] other Fosston businesses.
He was united in marriage to Carol Hoper on August 18, 1956 at St. Petri
Lutheran Church in Stephen, MN, and they made their home in Fosston.
Daisy was active in Rotary, Fosston Community Club, Fosston Library and
Arts Center Board Member, and a longtime member of Hope Lutheran Church
and past president of the congregation in Fosston.
Survivors include his wife Carol of Fosston; six children, Mark (Barb)
of Fosston, Mitchell (Becky) of Prior Lake, MN, Marshall (Judy) of
Fayetteville, NC, Heather (Len) Archer of Milford, MA, Matthew (Naomi)
of Fosston, and Christopher of Fosston; 13 grandchildren, Josh and
Jessie Hagen, Nate, Zach and Sam Hagen, Taylor and Christian Archer,
Shelby and Camille Hagen, and Ashley, Devin, Jacqueline and Alex Hagen;
four sisters, Geni Miller of Care Free, AZ, Kathy (Conrad) Johnstad of
Claire, WI, Camilla (Maury) Lewitt of Encino, CA, and Claudia (Don)
Hable of Bloomer, WI; as well as many other relatives. He was preceded
in death by his parents; and an infant sister, Ellen Joy Hagen.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 14th at 3:00 p.m. at
Hope Lutheran Church in Fosston with Rev. Paul Magelssen officiating.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a
prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home in
Fosston, and for one hour before the funeral at the church. Interment
will be at Hope Lutheran Cemetery in Fosston, and the Carlin-Hoialmen
Funeral Home of Fosston is in charge of the arrangements.
[Grand Forks Herald, Grand
Forks, ND, 12 Jun 2007, Page 3]
[courtesy of Jolene Moran]
Grave marker for Alvin E, Hagen in Hope Lutheran
Cemetery, Fosston (Polk county), Minnesota.
Alvin enlisted in the Army on 10 January 1944.
On 21 November 1944, Pvt Hagen was transferred to
Company D, 508rh PIR.
Pvt Hagen was wounded in action on 10 January 1945 and
On 12 April 1945, still unable to be released for
duty, he was transferred to the the hospital's detachment of patients
and did not return to the regiment.
He was discharged from the army on 25 September 1945.
Alvin's military decorations include the Purple Heart
and the Combat Infantryman Badge for action during the campaign, 18
December1944 to 20 February 1945.