Richard Hagel

Richard Hagel

Thursday, April 11th, 2019
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HAGEL, J. Richard
1932 – 2019

Richard Hagel passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, April 11, 2019. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Mary (Gross); brother Victor; brother Gerald; sister-in-law Marie; nephews, Rodney and Victor. Richard will be sadly missed by his loving wife Eva (Siniawski); sons, Mervin (Val), Wesley (Ruth), Gregory (Jacqueline), Joseph (Nathalie), Delmond (Jason) and Kevin (Anita); 11 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren (Aidin, Emma, Sophie, Riley); brother Lawrence (Shirley); sister-in-law Joyce, and his nieces and nephews. A Prayer Service was held on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Hall Funeral Services, Estevan, with Marian Huber officiating. The Funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Estevan, Saskatchewan with Rev. Sathiadas Antony presiding. Interment took place at Souris Valley Memorial Gardens, after which a luncheon was held in the church auditorium. Pallbearers were grandchildren: Jarrett, Mandie, Kaleb, Zachary, Mikayla, Amanda, Kelsey, Dyllan, Ryan, Joshua, Jessica, Erica and Ethan.

Richard, born on January 20, 1932 in Lampman, Saskatchewan, was the eldest son of the late Joe and Mary Hagel. He attended View Hill School and Estevan Collegiate and later, started farming with his father in 1950. Richard met Eva while working in Regina, Saskatchewan in the winter of 1952. They were married on November 7, 1955 at Little Flower Roman Catholic Church in Regina. That same year, they took over the family farm where they raised their six sons. Richard treasured his 63 years of marriage to Eva.

Richard said that family was the most important ingredient for the continued success of the family farm. Farming was a way of life for him and his excellent farming skill was marked by a Farmer of the Year Award. He was an early riser, often leaving the house shortly after dawn with his thermos and cooler in hand and spent many hours working in the fields. Richard loved being out in nature and this was the catalyst for the creation of the “wildlife quarter.” This portion of land was set aside specifically for wildlife. The ground has never been cultivated, and the original prairie grasses, crocuses and cacti sprout up every year. Richard took an active interest in gardening “just to watch things grow.”

Richard’s life centered on faith, family, and community. He was involved with 12 organizations: Sask Wheat Pool member; View Hill School District trustee; Scotsburn School Board member for 17 years; Estevan Superintendent Association member; Estevan Separate Home & School Association; View Hill Telephone Co. Director for a number of years; Southeast Saskatchewan Ambulance Association Chairman; Estevan Regional Nursing Home member; Estevan Wildlife Association member; library trustee; and, Estevan Library Board member from 1995-2002. His most notable community involvement came when he served as Councillor of the RM of Benson #35 from 1965-1978 and then as Reeve for the next 24 years from 1979-2002. He served as Chairman of the St. Joseph’s Hospital Board in Estevan during the construction of the new hospital. In recognition of his tireless dedication to farming and the community, Richard was honoured with the Estevan Chamber of Commerce Farmer of the Year Award in 1998. In 2002, he received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. In 2004 he received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Outstanding Service to Rural Saskatchewan. In 2005, he was awarded the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal. In 2014, the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation celebrated Richard’s outstanding contribution for his years of service as a director on the board for healthcare in southeast Saskatchewan. Richard was actively involved with St. John the Baptist Parish as both a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Knights of Columbus, 3rd and 4th Degree.

The family sends special thanks to everyone for their condolences, prayers and flowers.

Donations may be made to the St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary, 1176 Nicholson Road, Estevan, SK, S4A 0H3.

Deb Heidinger with Hall Funeral Services, Estevan assisted the Hagel family.
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Service Details

  • Prayer Service

    Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 | 7:00pm
    Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 7:00pm
  • Service

    Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 | 1:30pm
    Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 1:30pm
    St. John the Baptist R.C. Church
    109 - 12th Avenue
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    Rev. Sathiadas Antony
  • Interment

    Souris Valley Memorial Gardens
    Highway 39 West
    Estevan, SK
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  • Reception

    St. John the Baptist R.C. Church
    109 - 12th Avenue
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Geralld Gerling

Posted at 11:56am
Eva. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sorry about not making Richard's service but we will always remember our cousin Richard in a very special way.
Gerald and Tom Gerling and families.

Lee Poage

Posted at 02:44pm
Del, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Mel and Heather Hagel

Posted at 09:14pm
Eva and family . Mel and I are saddened to hear of Richards passing . We won’t be at the funeral but we will definitely be thinking of you and sending prayers. Cherish the memories of a life well lived.

Annette and Karl Haselhan

Posted at 05:44pm
Our condolences to all of the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Irene & Al

Posted at 07:06pm
Eva & Family
We would like to express our deepest Sympathy. It was quiet a shock. So sorry.

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