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Donald L. Hagberg

June 17, 1927 - May 18, 2019



Donald L. Hagberg of Cadillac passed away Saturday evening, May 18, 2019 at his home. He was 91.

Don was born on June 17, 1927 in Cadillac to Lawrence & Emily (Anderson) Hagberg and lived all his life in the Cadillac area.

Don’s first couple jobs were at St. John’s Table Company and the Falk Potato Plant and in 1946 he was drafted into the United States Army and served during World War II and also served in the Reserves for a year after the war. Upon returning from his service to our country he enrolled in the Green Barber School in Flint, Michigan, received his license and returned to Cadillac to work at Ike’s Barber Shop.

Don once again answered the call of his country and served during the Korean War for two years in the United States Army. After returning from the war he returned to work at Benedict’s Barber Shop. In 1956 Don joined the Cadillac Fire Department and was employed there for 26 years retiring in 1982. On his off days Don worked at Jack Sullivan Beer Distributors, King Funeral Home, and Carl Smith News Stand. Don was a member of the Cadillac AMVETS Post 110 and a lifetime member of the Cadillac Elks Lodge #680.

On October 9, 1965 in Cadillac he married the former Una “Judy” A. Norman and they enjoyed bowling in the couple’s league, motorcycling, snowmobiling and traveling throughout the U.S., Mexico and Canada as Regional Directors for Winnebago. Don went back to work full time for 4 Winns delivering boats throughout the United States and later he worked at Gordon Foods and Delta Truss.

Don enjoyed making friends and enjoyed talking to anyone all around the country and in his retirement he enjoyed spending 25 winters in San Benito, Texas.

Survivors include his children: Jim (Rebecca) Hagberg of Florida, Penny (Mike) Jenema of Cadillac, Debra (Gary) Kasza of Tustin, Kimberly Schroeder & Jeff Schroeder and Michelle “Shelly” Hagberg all of Cadillac; grandchildren: Lindsay (Jared) Behl, Brent (Amanda) Kasza, Larah (Jon) Wildern, Chelsi (Matt) Soper, Kahli Schroeder and Sara (Joe) Clugston; 10 great grandchildren; his sister, Shirley Truesdale of Cadillac; many nieces and nephews and Don’s companion of many years, Marty Gouin of Cadillac. Don was preceded in death by his wife, Judy on March 2, 2012, and his brother, Richard Hagberg in 2018.

Memorial services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Peterson Funeral & Cremation Services in Cadillac with Fr. Joe Fix officiating. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Cadillac with full military rites under the auspices of the Cadillac Area Honor Guard. Friends may meet the family from 10:00 AM until services on Wednesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan. An online guestbook is available at

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  • ELSIE MOORE - May 22nd, 2019 7:03 am

    "The friendship of Don and Judy meant a lot to our family. As a kid, I remember my sister stepping on glass in Dayhuff Lake and being taken to Mercy. It was fireman Don who was called to duty and donated his blood to save my sister. Our family was and is forever grateful for his compassion and caring at such a time. Additionally, he would secure pure vanilla when he and Judy would travel into Mexico before coming home in the spring. To all his family and to Marty, our family sends heartfelt sympathy. He was always a good and kind friend. All who knew Don were blessed."

  • Sandy Sluiter - May 22nd, 2019 2:03 pm

    "I first met Don & Judy through the CB club. Don was always on early in the morning like me. They were GREAT FRIENDS and I will miss them both! God Bless the family!!"

  • Karl & Jan Stickel - May 22nd, 2019 6:43 pm

    "So sorry for your loss, Shelly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. "

  • Brian - May 28th, 2019 1:21 pm

    "I've heard so much about you Don, you brought laughter in every moment of your life and everyone's around you. You will be missed.. Thank you for raising Beautiful Daughters... Prayers to your family.."

  • Kim Simons - May 29th, 2019 3:37 pm

    "I am so sorry for your loss Kim and Shelly. He was a great man and I have so many great memories of every interaction with him - such a great sense of humor, and a very kind heart. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family."

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