Loren Hagness, age 80 of Cottage Grove died unexpectedly on June 30, 2021.
Loren Arthur Hagness was born January 25, 1941 in Fordville, North Dakota to Elmer and Emelia (Carlson) Hagness.
He grew up in Fordville and when the family moved to the Twin Cities he attended Central High School. Loren entered active duty in the US Army in 1958 and was stationed in Germany where he drove tank and was positioned on the border between East and West Germany.
Loren returned after the service and took a position at Snyder’s Drug Store where he met the love of his life, Phyllis Edwards. They were united in marriage on March 2, 1963 at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Oakdale and settled in Cottage Grove where they raised their family.
He took a position at 3M where he worked as a factory worker/forklift operator for over 40 years until his retirement in 2001. He and Phyllis also operated Red’s Savoy Pizza in Newport for many years. Loren enjoyed golfing, watching the MN Twins and Vikings and attending his grandchildren’s activities. As a big John Wayne fan, he loved watching westerns. Out of all of the things that he did in his life, his family was always his number one focus and will be remembered as a devoted husband, father and grandfather
Loren is survived by children Randy, Perry, Terry (Shannon), Suzanne (Scott) Donnelly; grandchildren Justin, Jenna, Colby, Ryan, Lora, Danny, Abby, Lily, Alyssa and extended family. He is preceded in death by his wife Phyllis; daughter-in-law Drena; sisters Mary Alice and Glenda.
His memorial service will be 11 am, Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at The Church of St. Rita, 8694 80th St. S. Cottage Grove. Visitation will be 4-7 pm, Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at Kok Funeral Home, 7676 80th St. S., Cottage Grove and one hour prior to the service at church. Interment Cottage Grove Cemetery.
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