Walter Hager was happiest on a John Deere tractor
Funeral services for Walter Hager, 77, of Mobridge were held Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Burial was in the Selby Memorial Gardens under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Walter passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Greeley County Hospital in Tribune, Kan.
Walter I. Hager was born June 27, 1935 in Alva, Okla., to Iro A. and Alice (Palmer) Hager. He attended school at Alva and after school he started farming with his dad in Oklahoma and Colorado. In 1955, they moved to McIntosh and he began to farm and ranch on his own as well as helping his dad.
He married Virginia (Overseth) Siverson on Dec. 1, 1978. Together they continued to farm and ranch in the Dakotas and Kansas. In 2007 the farm and ranch in the Dakotas was sold and he semi-retired to Mobridge. He continued going to Kansas to farm and ranch until his passing.
Walter loved farming and ranching. It wasn’t work to him; it was his hobby. He was never happier than when he was in his John Deere tractor. He enjoyed visiting with friends and neighbors over the tailgate of his pickup, spending time at auctions and sale barns, and teaching his grandkids about farming and ranching.
Walter is survived by his wife, Virginia; three stepsons and their families; Marc (Janine) and children, Matt (Kate) and Chad; Gary (Amy) and their children, Taylor, Seth and Shane; Todd (Tammy) and their children, Virginia and Logan; two great-grandchildren, Chloe and Fiona; two brothers, Wayne (Carol) Hager and Everett (JoAnn) Hager; and two sisters, Betty (Jim) Hodgson and Ioma Yandell.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.