Paul Hager, 77, of Belgrade passed away Sept. 4, 2009, after a short battle with brain cancer. Paul was born on Oct. 1, 1931, to Henry and Lydia (Laub) Hager, two miles west of Bozeman.
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Paul was a farmer at heart - being raised at Milligan Canyon, Willow Creek and Manhattan on the family farms. He graduated from Manhattan High School in 1949. In 1962, he left the farms and bought East End Texaco Service Station in Bozeman.
Paul married Kay Voigt in 1964. He sold the station in 1964 and went into the insurance business, selling insurance for Bankers Life and Casualty. He retired in 2002.
Paul was a very proud, active member and current president of Grace Lutheran Church of Three Forks. Paul and Kay had wanderlust traveling all over the U.S., Canada and Mexico - spending many winters in Arizona. Paul loved being out of doors - hunting, fishing, camping, spending time with all his family and friends and playing cards every chance he got. He would try to outbid you even if you had a thousand aces.
Paul is survived by his loving wife, Kay, of 45 years; three daughters, Lydia Crossman of Bozeman, Carol Ann (Tim) Smith of Whitefish, and Lori (Tom) Harvey of Belgrade; daughter-in-law, Terri Hager of Belgrade; sister, Virginia (Charley) Clifford of East Helena; mother-in-law, Dorothy Voigt of Bozeman; brother-in-law, Roger (Sherie) Voigt of Lisbon Falls, Maine; sister-in-law, Carol Graybill of Bozeman; 10 grandchildren, Stephen Hager, Michelle (Philip) Lutton, Lauren Hager, Vonda Osborn, Velisha Osborn, Doug Crossman, Lindsay (Nate)Thompson, Kylee Smith, Brandon Harvey, Brittney Harvey; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Lydia Hager; stepmother, Matilda Hager; son, Victor Hager (January 2008); and father-in-law, Francis Voigt.
Paul will be greatly missed by all of his family and many friends.
Memorial services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at Grace Lutheran Church in Three Forks, with a luncheon immediately following and interment in Willow Creek Cemetery.
Memorial donations in Paul's name may be sent to the National Foundation for Cancer Research, 4600 East West Highway, Suite 525, Bethesda, MD 20814.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Sept. 8 to Sept. 9, 2009