Dale Hagan - April 01, 2009Dale Hagan was born on Jan. 22, 1928 at Oconto, Neb. He was the oldest of five children born to Roy and Florence Cole Hagan.
The family moved to Perkins County when Dale was a young boy and he grew up in the Madrid and Elsie, Neb., communities. He attended high school in Grant, Neb.
Dale joined the United States Navy in 1945 and served in the Pacific theater during World War II. He was discharged in November of 1947 and returned to Grant where he worked at the lumber yard.
Dale moved to Tribune, Kan., and was married to Peggy Garrison at Tribune in 1949. Two daughters, Janet and Barbara, were born to this union. Dale worked in the oil fields around Plainville, Kan., and later in the hay fields around Lexington, Kan.
The family moved to a farm south of Elsie in 1956 where Dale farmed and operated a dairy. He later became involved in over-the-road grain trucking for 20 years.
Peggy died in 1990 and Dale was married to Bertha (Wheeler) Garska at the Grainton United Methodist Church on April 18, 1992. They lived in Imperial, Neb., and Dale continued trucking until he retired in 1998. Dale had been in failing health and died at the Chase County Community hospital in Imperial early Wednesday morning, April 1, 2009. He had reached the age of 81.
Dale was a member of the Imperial United Methodist Church, Madrid American Legion, the Imperial V.F.W., and the Eagles Club.
In addition to his parents and wife, Peggy, Dale was preceded in death by two brothers, Don and Delbert.
He is survived by his wife Bertha of Imperial; two daugthers, Janet and husband Mike Haughawout of Ft. Worth, Texas and Barbara Henning of Kingman, Kan.; three step-daughters, Vicki and husband Lonnie Lovato of Thornton, Colo., Jody and husband Lee Lamberty of North Platte, Neb., and Alta Garska of Westminster, Colo; one step-son, Graig and wife Becky Garska of Phoenix; 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren; one brother, Darrell and wife Helen Hagan of Madrid and one sister, Dortha and husband Ray Bloomenkamp of Gering, Neb., many other relatives and friends.
Services were held Saturday, April 4 at the Imperial United Methodist Church in Imperial with Pastor Kay Alnor officiating.
Music was by Joan Lantry and the congregation.
Casket bearers were James Haughawout, Scott Haughawout, Jarod Henning, Tony Ogg, Myron Lundvall, Bruce Hagan.
Interment was in the Madrid Cemetery with flag presentation by the Perkins County Veterans.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.