Leon Hageman, 81, of rural Decorah, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 14, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Decorah, with Rev. Phillip Gibbs officiating. Organist was Mary Beth Bouska. Cantor was Cindy Schissel. Hymns were “Here I am, Lord,” “Prayer of St. Francis,” “Gift of Finest Wheat,” “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.” Lectors were Mark Hageman & Mike Hageman. Intercessions were offered by Mary Lee Roth, Jennifer Lea Peters and Daniel Lee Rausch. Offertory gift bearers were Jesseca Hageman, Caitlyn Hageman and Miranda Kuennen. Eucharistic ministers were Mary Rausch, Theresa Cunitz and Alma Meyer. Greeting was by Norman Hageman. Poems were read by Lyndee Underbakke. Casket bearers were Leon’s grandsons. Interment was at St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery in Calmar. Military rites at graveside were by Halverson – Giesen American Legion Post No. 266 Calmar and Joseph B. Lund American Legion Post No. 299 Mabel, Minn. Arrangements were handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home, Decorah.

Leon Francis Hageman was born Jan. 23, 1933, the son of Ignatius and Elizabeth (Kuennen) Hageman on the Hageman family farm near Calmar. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Aloysius Catholic Church and attended St. Aloysius Catholic School. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict from March 24, 1955 to Dec. 23, 1956. He was united in marriage to Jean Gebel Nov. 5, 1956, in Lawler. Together they had eight children, and they later divorced. Leon was a lifelong farmer and a steward of the land. He was active in the NFO and enjoyed watching Market to Market. He enjoyed watching his family grow, participate in family gatherings, as well as seeing his old Army buddies at annual gatherings. He liked to listen to old-time music, read,and give candy to the grandchildren. He also helped the Amish by giving them rides when needed. Leon was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, where he distributed communion to nursing homes and assisted living. Leon was also a member of the Joseph B. Lund American Legion Post No. 299 in Mabel, Minn.

Leon is survived by his eight children: Ricky “Rick” Hageman, Decorah; Donna (Eugene) Underbakke, Cresco; Sandra “Sandy” Hageman, Rochester, Minn.; Craig Hageman, Streamwood, Ill.; Wayne (Lynn) Hageman, Decorah; Gerald “Jerry” (friend, Shelly Sutton) Hageman, Cresco; Norman (Cindy) Hageman, Dallas, Texas; and John (Melody) Hageman, Altoona; his former wife, Jean Hageman, Decorah; grandchildren: Randy Hageman, Russell Hageman, Lyndee Underbakke, Rachael (Jason McKenna) Underbakke, Lars (Amy) Underbakke, Miranda Kuennen, Brandon Kuennen, (special friend, Erin Whelan), Grant Hageman, Blake Hageman, Clark Hageman, Nicholas Hageman, Caitlyn Hageman, Chaz (Rachel) Puffer, Dallas Puffer, Gavin Puffer, Evan Hageman, Ryan Hageman, Jesseca Hageman, Jonathan Hageman, Emma Hageman and Jackson Hageman; great-grandchildren: Jake, Gable and Kirk Underbakke, Courtney, Marissa and Riley McKenna; five sisters: Bernice Hackman of West Union; Dorothy (Elmer) Schmitt, Ft. Atkinson; Mary (Melvin) Rausch, Ft. Atkinson; Theresa (Bob) Cunitz, Norwalk, Wis,; and Alma (Peter) Meyer, Calmar; two brothers, LaVerne (Alice) Hageman, Ft. Atkinson and Alfred (Louise) Hageman, Cedar Rapids; one sister-in-law, Joan Schissel, Decorah. 

Leon was preceded in death by his parents, Ignatius, June 1, 1990; and Elizabeth May 11, 2007; one brother, Urban, in 1965; nephew, Kirk Hageman; niece, Lori Rausch Milbrandt; brothers-in-law, Alvin Hackman and Lee Schissel.