Peter Jay Hagen, 70 of Eau Claire, WI, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, Sunday, December 3, 2017, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Peter was born September 10, 1947 in Black River Falls, WI to Jack and Virginia (Girouard) Hagen. He married his “main squeeze”, Mary Alice Overlien, almost 50 years ago. They were blessed with two children, Denise Hagen of Eau Claire and Chad Hagen of Lake Barrington, IL; grandchildren, Savannah (10) and Zionnah (8).
He is also survived by his brothers, Stuart (Marilyn) Hagen of Mondovi, WI, John (Lynnea) Hagen of Banning, CA, and Jay (Deb) Hagen of Holmen, WI; sisters, Ann LaFaunge of Black River Falls, and Linda Hagen of Eureka, MT; brother-in-law, Wayne Overlien; sister-in-law, Ann (James) Wilkes; as well as many special friends and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law, Art Overlien, mother-in-law, Annetta Overlien- Kampen, step-father-in-law, Edgar Kampen, brother-in-law, James LaFaunge, and sister-in-law, Ellen Overlien.
First and foremost, Peter was completely dedicated to the people he loved. He always sacrificed for them unselfishly. His #1 “happy place” was with the “loves of his life”, his granddaughters, Savannah and Zionnah. Their bond was powerful and clear to see. Pete had a unique comradery with all his family and friends. He kept everyone entertained with his quick wit and humor.
Passions and livelihoods included golf, hunting, fishing, cards, music (Wilie Nelson), movies (Caddyshack), traveling (Puerta Vallarta), and of course quality time with his loved ones. Peter was a graduate of Black River Falls High School and the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. He proudly served in the US Army National Guard.
In his early years he managed the Skyline Golf Course, owned an insurance company in Black River Falls and continued his insurance endeavors in Madison. Pete spent many years in the auto business, finally fulfilling his dream of owning car dealerships. Instead of retiring, he ended his career as vice-president of his son’s company, Fiji Construction, along with a significant role in raising his granddaughters.
Pete had an impeccable work ethic and was a strong and loving provider to his family.
Visitation will be held Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 12 to 1 p.m. at Little Norway Lutheran Church in Black River Falls. Memorial service will follow at 1:00 p.m.. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. at The Skyline Golf Course with lunch being served. Torgerson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials can be made in his name to his granddaughters’ scholarship fund at Anderson Financial 400 Harrison St, Black River Falls, WI 54615 or the charity of your choice.