John Mark Hagedorn, 83, of Fort Branch, Indiana, passed away on July 17, 2019 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, Indiana. He was born to the late Oliver and Clara Rose (Peter) Hagedorn on July 20, 1935 in Perry County, Indiana.
John was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. He was a member of the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959. John married Clara Mae Peters on June 18, 1960. He retired from Emge Meat Packing Company after 43 years.
John enjoyed spending time with family and attending his grandchildren’s activities. John was an avid Purdue Sports fan. He loved spending time outdoors with his dogs especially his annual Thanksgiving Day hunt with his grandsons. He took great pride in being the caretaker of Holy Cross Cemetery for the last 30 years. John could be found in his garden and loved sharing his produce with people of the community.
Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Dean Eric Hagedorn; 2 sisters, Irene Gelarden and Dorothy Beckman; and a brother Ed Hagedorn.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Clara Mae Hagedorn of Fort Branch, IN; 5 children, Paula (Dan) Kohl of Fort Branch, IN, Gene (Julie) Hagedorn of Darmstadt, IN, Kevin (Gigi) Hagedorn of Corpus Christi, TX, Laura (Jeff) Ziliak of Haubstadt, IN, and Tricia (Steve) Beeler of Lafayette, IN; siblings, Louise Mattingly of Zionsville, IN and Joe (Judy) Hagedorn of Tell City, IN; grandchildren, Emily Leonard, Evan(Taylor) Kohl, Ella Kohl, Tyler Hagedorn, Hadley Hagedorn, Wyatt Hagedorn, Lahla Hagedorn, Reese Hagedorn, Mitchell Ziliak, Grant Ziliak, Austin Ziliak, Eli Ziliak, Zachary Beeler, Nathan Beeler, and Matthew Beeler; and 3 great grandchildren; Aislyn and Atticus Leonard and Leighton Kohl.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Church with Fr. Christopher Droste and Fr. Tony Ernst as co-celebrants. Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Stodghill Funeral Home in Fort Branch, IN and again from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Holy Cross Church 305 Walnut St. Fort Branch, IN 47648.
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