William “Bill” Hager, 1935-2020

William “Bill” Hager, of La Porte, IN, passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at home with his family by his side.

He was born Sept. 12, 1935, in La Porte to Geneva and Lloyd Hager.

Bill joined the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Since his honorable discharge in 1957, he spent much time supporting veterans and their causes.  Upon returning to La Porte, Bill worked at Smith Chevrolet before starting his own business, Ace Auto.  Throughout his life, Bill enjoyed working and helping others.  He was active in Boy Scouts with his sons and led Troop 389 in La Porte.  In 1971 Bill was elected to serve as Justice of Peace (twice) for La Porte County, followed by serving as a La Porte County Commissioner from 2000 – 2008.

Bill married Ellen (Paul) Hager on Oct. 25, 1958. They spent many happy years raising four children, Craig (Kristy) Hager, Chris (Yvonne) Hager, Curt (Donna) Hager and Kathy Hager-Miller. They opened their hearts and home to Tom (Karen) Scott. Later in life they would once again open their hearts and home to three of their grandchildren, David, Tony and Noelle.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ellen; his brother, Tom Bunch; his children; and 17 grandchildren. He was blessed with 10 great-grandchildren.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and nine siblings.

A funeral celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, at Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory, La Porte, with Pastor Roger Ash officiating.  Visitation and viewing will be from 4–8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24, and from 10 a.m. until the service Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Mill Creek, IN, immediately following services.  A military honors service will be conducted by the La Porte Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to a military organization of the donor’s choice in memory of William Hager.

Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP as well as at www.LakeviewFHC.com.

6 Responses to “William “Bill” Hager, 1935-2020”

  1. Robert Hough

    Jan 21. 2020

    A great man has gone home. We all should have the legacy he leaves behind. Kathy and family you know we are here for you. Rest well Bill.

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  2. Ron Richie

    Jan 21. 2020

    The first time I met Bill, I was working as a part time janitor at the county complex. He had just been elected to county commissioner. I was sweeping the floor and Bill came walking in the west door, wearing a cowboy hat and a grin that would melt the coldest heart. He shook my hand and we had short but pleasant talk, and I knew there was something special about this man. I got the idea that he treated everyone he met like they had been friends for years. I don’t believe the county employees ever had a better boss than Bill. He always inspired me to want to be my best, because I saw the best in him. He was one of the giants, on whose shoulders I have stood.

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  3. Mike Kellems

    Jan 21. 2020

    What Ron ?? said is wholly accurate. Bill was a good, good man who was kind to everyone and a friend to all.

    There are many people who benefited from the kindness of Bill and everyone in the Hager family.

    May God bless his memory and comfort those that feel the pain of this loss.

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  4. Earl & Carolyn Yoder

    Jan 22. 2020

    Bill was one of the best persons I have known. Got to know him through scouting. And years after.We Will miss him.

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  5. Rama

    Jan 22. 2020

    Ellen, I’m so very sorry for your loss. I loved you guys! Every time I’d see Bill, I’d punch his arm. He was such a jokester. I was just thinking about the two of you the other day, and ran across the obit by accident. I’m so very sorry for your loss. He was a great man who will be missed by all that were graced to know him.

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  6. Sandra Trueblood

    Jan 24. 2020

    Bill was a wonderful man. I met him when my husband joined the LP County Sheriff’s Department. We enjoyed pool parties at Bill and Ellen’s house. I always felt that when you talked with Bill, you had his full attention. And, oh, that wicked sense of humor!

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