HAGEN, Robert Charles
Robert Charles Hagen, husband of Jane (Christensen) Hagen for 68 years, passed away on November 16, 2012. Bob was born in Milwaukee, WI in 1920, and later moved Maplewood, NJ where he attended high school. After graduating from Newark College of Engineering, he was employed by General Electric as a Mechanical Engineer. Bob left GE for two years to serve in the Navy as a Radar Engineer, then returned to GE where he spent the rest of his 35 year career working in Syracuse, Oklahoma City, Houston, and Arlington, VA. Bob and Jane retired to Connecticut, then later to Stuart, FL, but continued to spend summers near their family in Connecticut. In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by his four daughters, Barbara Bailey, and her husband, Steve of Barkhamsted, Beverly Harrison of Salem, SC, Virginia Babcock and her husband, Jay of South Glastonbury and Allyson Rittenhouse and her husband, Steve, of Meriden. He will also be missed by his seven grandchildren, David and Douglas Kohlun, Taylor and Wesley Harrison, Christine and Charlie Babcock, and Andrew (AJ) Rittenhouse, and four great-grandchildren. Bob was an avid sports fan, and enjoyed playing golf well into his 80s. He also played baseball and enjoyed bowling in various leagues. One of his favorite pastimes was keeping in touch with acquaintances via amateur radio and for years, was an active member of the Meriden Amateur Radio Club. Bob was also a boating enthusiast. He met his wife while sailing on Long Island Sound and later enjoyed exploring the waters of CT and NY with his family. Bob was interested in travelling, and took his family on many memorable road trips around the U.S. He and Jane continued to travel during their retirement in New England and Florida. One of Bob's proudest accomplishments is the flag flying above Hubbard Park, atop East Peak in Meriden. This idea came from his early years in Wisconsin, where a similar flag flies on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi. With support from the Lions Club of Meriden in 1987, Bob's idea came to fruition with the installment of the 90 foot flagpole. In 1991, he was successful in illuminating the flag, with assistance from the "Light the Flag Committee".
In celebration of Bob's life, a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church in Meriden. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be sent to: the Food Pantry at Meriden Corps Community Center, 23 St. Casimir Dr., Meriden, CT 06450, or the First United Methodist Church, 15 Pleasant Street, Meriden, CT, 06450.