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Edmund Hager

Apr 17, 2021

Jan. 21, 1932 – Apr. 12, 2021

Edmund Hager, 89 of

Rugby, North Dakota died

Monday, April 12, 2021

following a courageous

struggle with Parkinson’s

Disease surrounded by his

family at the Heart of

America Care Center in

Rugby. He was born to

Mike and Felicitis (Kren-

zel) Hager on Jan. 21, 1932 in rural Orrin, North Dakota.

Edmund was raised on

the family farm in south-

ern Pierce County and re-

ceived a country school

education in Hillside

Township. He was united

in marriage to Delores Gu-

meringer on June 17, 1957

at Esmond, North Dakota.

The couple made their

home on the Hager family

farm where they raised

their family, farmed and

ranched until moving to

Rugby in 2013. Edmund

was a lifetime farmer in

Pierce County and im-

mensely proud of the

crops and cattle he raised

while maintaining the

family farm. He was

honored as a recipient of

the Pierce County Agri-

culturist award.

Edmund, a man of faith,

was a long-time member

of St. Boniface Catholic

Church in Esmond and

later Little Flower Cathol-

ic Church of Rugby. He

was a life-time member of

the Knights of Columbus

and served in the 4th De-

gree Assembly. Edmund

served his church and

held positions on the

church council and

within the Knights of

Columbus at Esmond. He

aided his community as a

past director of the North

Central Human Services,

Pierce County Social Ser-

vices, FSA, and FHA

boards. He was musically

inclined and was part of a

dance band including a

family band, the Dakota

Eagles and the Leonard

Koble band spanning well

over 50 years. He enjoyed

spending time with his

family and grandchildren

while sharing his love of

card playing, hunting,

fishing, and music with


Edmund is survived by

his wife of 63 years,

Delores of Rugby; son,

Wayne (Donna) of Rugby;

daughter, Jody (Greg) En-

dres of Carrington; grand-

daughters, Lynsey (Tre-

vor) Van Nevel, Nicole

(Mario) Lemieux, Erin,

Ann and Jill Endres and

Claire (Jacob) Bitz; broth-

er, Rudy of Albuquerque,

New Mexico; sisters, Ber-

tha Schell of Rugby,

Agnes Schell of Minot,

and Rita (Gary) Thomas of

Green Valley, Arizona;

nieces, nephews; other re-

latives and friends. He

was preceded in death by

a sister, Rose Hoffart, and

his parents.

The family wishes to

express sincere apprecia-

tion to the Heart of Ameri-

ca Medical Center’s Long

Term Care family for the

love and care given to Ed-

mund and his family.

Memorials may be made

in Edmund’s memory to

Parkinson Research, The

North Dakota Right to Life

or a charity of your


Please observe CO-

VID-19 recommendation

regarding social distanc-

ing, proper hand hygiene

and staying at home if not

feeling well. Facial masks

are mandatory while in

the church.

Mass of Christian Buri-

al will be held at 11:00

a.m. Saturday, April 17 at

the Little Flower Catholic

Church in Rugby with

burial in the church

cemetery. Father Franklin

Miller, Celebrant.

Visitation was on Fri-

day from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

with a rosary and vigil

prayer service that began

at 7:00 p.m. with reviewal

on Saturday from 9:00 to

10:30 a.m. all in the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby There will be no

reviewal in the church on


Organist: Glenda Mack

Vocal leader/Cantor:

Galen Mack

Faithfull Honor Guard:

The John F. Kennedy

#0786 Assembly of 4th

Degree Knights of


Honorary Bearers: The


Casket Bearers: Bob

Black, Jerry Black, Greg

Endres, Kim Schell, Mike

Schell and Rocky Schell

Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby. Online registry:



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