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Obituary for John Joseph Hagel
John Joseph Hagel, 85, passed away Monday, January 4, 2021 after a short illness. He was residing in Apache Junction, AZ at the time, his winter home. Friends and family are welcome to attend the visitation and service on Friday, February 12th from 6pm to 8pm at the Souder Family Funeral Home, 1333 NE Barry Road, Kansas City, MO 64155. A prayer service will be held at 7pm.
John was born in Effingham, KS and grew up in Atchison, KS graduating from Maur Hill High School in 1953. After graduation he served in the Air Force from 1953 to 1957, with most of his time served in Korea. On June 6, 1959 he married Georgia Nelson, and they resided in Gladstone, MO for 43 years. They both retired in 2000 and wintered in Apache Junction, AZ. Georgia passed away on June 3, 2007. John met Gwen Kastner in Apache Junction in 2008 and they have been together since, living in West Salem, WI and Apache Junction, AZ. John enjoyed retirement and was active in softball, hiking, fishing, traveling and visiting with friends and family.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Mary Hagel; his daughter Karen Nigro; two sons Gregory and Douglas Hagel; his brother Gerald (Bud). Three loving sisters and one brother are still living – Joanne Gerety, Dorothy Schmitz, Laverne Carbajo and Gene Hagel.
John leaves behind his sons Craig and Keith Hagel. Craig, wife Wendy, and children Hannah (husband Matt and son Rory), Jesse and Mason will remember Grandpa through his generosity, kind nature, lending a hand for coaching sports and attending the grandchildren’s events. Keith, wife Cindy, children Nicole and Brooke remember Grandpa as someone who was fun loving, easy going attitude and found time to attend the grandchildren’s events. John also leaves behind Frank Nigro III, wife Amanda and three children, Stella, Ruby and Frankie. The Nigro’s remember Grandpa as a father figure, someone who was always there to talk, and an inspiration.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the St. Charles Building fund are appreciated.