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Julin Duane Hagen

Dec 26, 2020

Oct. 20, 1938 – Dec. 18, 2020

Julin Duane Hagen, 82,

of Devils Lake, ND, form-

erly of Esmond, passed

away peacefully with his

wife by his side on Friday,

December 18, 2020 at Val-

ley Eldercare Center in

Grand Forks, ND.

Julin was born October

20, 1938 in Maddock, ND,

to Grant and Lillian

(Soderstrom) Hagen. He

was a lifelong member of

Immanuel Lutheran

Church in rural Esmond.

Julin was raised on the

family farm in rural Es-

mond, attended Isabel

Country Grade School

and graduated from Mad-

dock Benson County Agri-

cultural and Training

School (BCATS) in 1956.

Following high school,

he started farming. That

fall, Julin and a couple

buddies ventured to Cali-

fornia and worked on the

assembly line for Buick,

Pontiac and Oldsmobile

cars. Julin realized the

farm life was where he

wanted to be and became

a farmer and steward of

the land his entire life.

He pursued his dream as

an auctioneer after attend-

ing Reisch School of Auc-

tioneering in Mason City,

Iowa and at the time was

one of the youngest

Licensed Auctioneers in

ND. Julin’s auction career

spanned 43 years. He

sold livestock auctions in

Devils Lake, Rugby, Car-

rington, and Minot along

with many farm, house-

hold, antique and gun

sales. He volunteered his

auction services for 4-H,

FFA, church bazaars, and

other various fundraisers.

Going once, going twice,

fair warning, SOLD! Julin

fulfilled a military obliga-

tion with the North Dako-

ta Air National Guard of

Fargo from 1963-1969 as a

flight line mechanic.

Julin married Bonnie

Arnold on June 26, 1965

in Esmond, ND. Together

they worked side by side

on the farm, auction busi-

ness and raising their

sons on the fourth genera-

tion family farm. He con-

tinued farming through

the spring of 2019. Being

recognized as North Cen-

tral Soil Conservation

award winner in 2002 was

a proud moment. One the

highlights in his auction

career, was when a Time

Reporter stayed and trav-

eled with Julin for a week

to do a story that was pub-

lished in Time Magazine.

He obtained his N.D. Real

Estate License in 1988 and

did appraisals for a

number of years.

Julin’s heart and soul

were in the farm and he

shared that passion with

his kids and grandkids.

After moving to Devils

Lake he was the official

“parts gopher”. He en-

joyed attending his

grandchildren’s many ac-

tivities and attending Lake

Region State College

basketball games. He had

a quick wit and great

sense of humor, he could

start a conversation with

anybody and have them

laughing or smiling in

minutes. His family

meant the world to him.

If you needed advice he

was the “Go To” guy. One

of his favorite pieces of

advice was “Once a job is

once begun, never leave it

til it’s done, be the labor

great or small, do it well

or not at all!”

To give back and share

his love of farming, Julin

and Bonnie established an

endowment at Lake Re-

gion State College that

provides an academic

scholarship to an indivi-

dual pursuing a degree in

the Agricultural Field.

Those thankful for hav-

ing shared in his life are

his wife, Bonnie; sons,

Jay (Joycelyn) Hagen of

Devils Lake; Jeff (Jennifer)

Hagen, Esmond; sisters;

Judy (Gary) Lynne, Mesa,

AZ; Sharon (Rodger) Ben-

son, Fargo, ND; six

grandchildren; Whitney

(Dustin) Evans, Jessica,

Julie, Gunnar, Grant, and

Gracie Hagen; four


Mahki, Acen, Stetson and

Briar. Also, many


sisters-in-law, nieces and


He was preceded in

death by his parents.

Public visitation and

remembrance will be at

Gilbertson Funeral Home

in Devils Lake on Sunday,

December 27 from

3:00-6:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be

at St. Olaf Lutheran

Church, Devils Lake on

Monday, December 28 at

10:30 a.m. COVID guide-

lines will be in place and

allow for 80 attendees.

Live-streaming of the fun-

eral will be through St.

Olaf Church Facebook


Interment will be at Im-

manuel Lutheran Church,

rural Esmond, ND, im-

mediately following the

service. Following the

burial, lunch will be

served in Julin’s shop on

the farm.

In lieu of flowers or

gifts, please consider a

memorial to the Im-

manuel Lutheran

Cemetery Fund in Es-

mond, ND, or the donor’s

choice in memory of Ju-


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