James J. Hager

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May 15, 1946 - May 29, 2020
Born in Richmond Heights, MO
Resided in O'Fallon, MO

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Hager, James Joseph aged 74, passed away on May 29, 2020. Beloved father of Mary Chris Hager, son of the former James Joseph Hager Sr., (1924-1992) and Mary Virginia Rudolph Hager (1923-1995), brother of Jeanne Marie Berry and Mary Elizabeth Barber. Former husband of Cynthia Quinones.

Cousin to many O’Connor, Healey, Rudolph, Gray and Gaul families. A graduate of McBride HS ’64, Washington U ’68, ’71, MBA at UMSL ’75 and a Marine veteran. He worked high school summers at Calvary Cemetery, college summers at the Post Office. He became an engineer, later a CPA and worked 30 years for various divisions of Western Electric, Southwestern Bell and SBC Corp retiring as President of Ameritech Paging. His second career was business manager for Assumption Church and School. He also taught engineering at Washington University and accounting at Webster University. His favorite job was being a father.

Memorial contributions may be made in James’ honor to the American Cancer Society.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Jamie Burbridge June 1, 2020 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    candle 4Thoughts and prayers to Mary and family during this difficult time. May you find peace in knowing that Jim has reached his final destination. Mr. Jim was a huge advocate for Assumption preschool and over the past seven years I believe we both learned from each other. He often would tell me that preschool is a complete beast of its own. He loved the littles and they loved him right back. He teased them at lunch, tried to steal their applesauce and taught them spanish! These are just a few ways that he touched our Assumption family. There is a huge void, RIP Mr. Jim, we love you and will miss you!

  2. Charles Loewe June 1, 2020 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    I was both surprised and saddened when I heard about Jim’s passing. It was always pleasant talking to him when he would stop on his daily run past our house and chat. He will be missed. I will have masses said in his honor and will remember him (and you) in my prayers.

  3. Julie Turner June 1, 2020 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    candle 7So thankful to have known Jim and that our daughters attended high school together! He was an extraordinary committed father and faithful volunteer. Thinking of you, Mary!

  4. Thomas Family - Katie, Randy and Joe June 1, 2020 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    candle 6Mary, we are so lucky to be a part of you and your dad’s family. He truly loved being your dad and his was by far his favorite job! I loved how he taught us about our ancestors every Christmas. He was a great person and it’s heartbreaking that he had to leave way too soon.
    Thinking about you and everyone lucky enough to meet him ♡

  5. Charmaine Joy Quiñones June 1, 2020 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    candle 1Tito Jim, we are forever grateful to you, you will always remain in our hearts, you will never be forgotten Tito Jim. We love you . from your Quiñones Family in Philippines.
    Rest In peace Tito Jim. ❤️🖤

  6. Sheryl Kluesner June 1, 2020 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    Mary

    So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. His love for you and his love for the Lord was evident in everything he did. May you continue to find comfort in HIS Resurrection!

  7. Sandy Von Deylen June 2, 2020 at 5:32 am - Reply

    candle 3Mary

    Remembering your dad as a committed and loving father. He always had a smile and kind words to share at LHS. May you cherish fond memories and his love & care for you. My continued prayers always. Thinking of you💕

  8. Gerald Bermudez June 2, 2020 at 6:44 am - Reply

    candle 5Mary.. This is your Kuya Gerald in PH. Your daddy was a good man. I remembered I always accompany him jogging. Can’t believe he is dead. Im sorry. Please take care of yourself. I wish we can be there for you physically but we can only pray here that you will be able to get through this.

  9. Yvonne Rushton June 2, 2020 at 7:31 am - Reply

    candle 3So sorry for the loss of your father Mary. Praying for your family.

  10. JOHN WILLMANN June 2, 2020 at 9:21 am - Reply

    My sincere condolences to the family of Jim Hager. Jim and I met at Southwestern Bell where we became coworkers and friends. To his SBC friends, Jim will be remembered as generous, knowledgeable and helpful, always willing to share his expertise with others. I will forever remember his sense of humor and infectious smile. May he rest in eternal peace.

  11. The Hess’ June 2, 2020 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Brothers are precious.. keep good memories

  12. John Kert Lagahit June 2, 2020 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    candle 6Hi Mary,

    It was with great sadness that we learned of your Dad’s passing. On behalf of my family here in PH, please accept our heartfelt condolences. We hope that in a small way they help through these trying times.

    Our condolences.

  13. Susan Cheatham June 3, 2020 at 12:03 am - Reply

    Mary, I am so very sorry and sad about your dad. You will be very much in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. John Schwob June 3, 2020 at 7:07 am - Reply

    So shocked to hear of Jim’s passing. We worked together at Western Electric/Southwestern Bell/AT&T years ago and found ourselves working together for the Church in our respective “retirements”. Jim and I would talk or visit every couple months. Recently, we shared an incredibly serendipitous bond in a one-hour conversation. 45 years ago, I learned of the job at Southwestern Bell from a guy who was leaving to go to grad school. I accepted the job. It turns out that this guy was a classmate and friend of Jim’s. About 45 years ago, Jim learned of the job at Western Electric from a guy who was a friend of mine. Neither of us knew this until a couple of months ago. God Bless You, Jim, and I will miss you.

  15. Chuck & Judy Gray June 3, 2020 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Thoughts and prayers to Mary and Family. Your dad was always a kind and considerate cousin, surprising us every Christmas with a note, card, photo, or history of our family. Most often something we never knew.

    His presence will be missed until we all meet again

  16. Tom O'Gorman June 3, 2020 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    Mary, I was very saddened to hear of Jim’s death. I knew Jim in high school at McBride, then reconnected with him after college. He was a good friend in the years 1971-1976, and for a few months in 1972 we shared an apartment in South St. Louis. We also went on a vacation in Wisconsin in 1973 and a backpacking trip to Colorado in 1974. In 1976 Jim was best man at my wedding to Martha. We both have fond memories of Jim. May he rest in peace.

  17. Frank LoRusso June 3, 2020 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    candle 5I send my condolences to Jim’s daughter, family, and friends. In one of the guestbook posts, I noticed that Jim enjoyed teaching Spanish to the preschoolers. I attended McBride High School with Jim. I shared a unique experience with Jim by taking Spanish III our senior year. It was unique because there were only 6 students in the class. We sure were exposed to a lot of Spanish that year. Va con Dios Diego.

  18. Dan O'Connor June 5, 2020 at 10:26 am - Reply

    From an O’Connor cousin, my condolences. I met Jim in the 70’s at a wake and found out he had done extensive research on the O’Connor name. He had the genealogy chart back to Ireland. We started inviting him to our ” cousin’s nights”. This led to a huge O’Connor reunion in 1980 at Laumier Park, over 100 people from all over, relatives we didn’t know we had. Thanks to Jim. Sadly, life got in the way and we lost track. But, I am sorry for his passing and I’ll remember him fondly.

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