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COL James Donald Hagan

January 23, 2021

COL James Donald Hagan, 54, passed away peacefully with his devoted wife at his side at Stein Hospice Sandusky, OH on January 23, 2021. COL Hagan was a decorated veteran who served in the United States Army Reserves for over 30 years. He fought a courageous battle against injuries and conditions related to his service and combat related activities.

James, known as Donald, was born in Bardstown KY to Rose Bernadette (Clark) Hagan and James Chester Hagan. In 1997 he married Diane Andrews Hagan and they moved to Norwalk to raise their family. He was a loving father to William (Sami) Schlett, Candace (Foy) Fuller, and Kathryn, Elizabeth, Samantha, and Emily Hagan, and grandfather to Tyson James and Morgan. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by sister Tammy (Bobby) Shain, and brothers Derrick (Tia) Hagan, Devin (Bridget) Hagan and nieces and nephews; Lucas Shain, Chad (Chelsea) Taylor, Kristin (Tyler) Wenger, Grant and Neal Ringerwole, and Abigail, Addison, Annalise, Tyler and Ethan Hagan. He is also survived by his in-laws, Bob (Peg) Andrews, Deb (Chuck) Taylor, Denise (Dale) Ringerwole, and Jeff Andrews.

Aside from his family, Donald’s greatest devotion was to the military. Donald joined the United States Army Reserves in 1988 as an ROTC student at the University of Louisville in Louisville KY. He earned degrees in criminal justice from the University of Louisville, accounting from the University of Cincinnati, and an MBA from Columbia Southern University.

During his years in the military, COL Hagan served in multiple deployments including, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and the Global War on Terrorism. His military honors include, Afghanistan Campaign medal with Campaign Star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, six Army Commendation Medals, three Achievement Medals, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, six Army Reserve Component Achievement Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, six Overseas Service Ribbons, three Armed Forces Reserve Medals, NATO Medal, and Combat Action Badge.

Donald was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Rose Bernadette (Clark) Hagan.
Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington VA, a private memorial will be held at that time. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Arrangements entrusted to the Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main Street, Norwalk.

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COL James Donald Hagan, 54, passed away peacefully with his devoted wife at his side at Stein Hospice Sandusky, OH on January 23, 2021. COL Hagan was a decorated veteran who served in the United States Army Reserves for over 30 years. He fought a courageous battle against injuries and conditions related to his service and combat related activities.

James, known as Donald, was born in Bardstown KY to Rose Bernadette (Clark) Hagan and James Chester Hagan. In 1997 he married Diane Andrews Hagan and they moved to Norwalk to raise their family. He was a loving father to William (Sami) Schlett, Candace (Foy) Fuller, and Kathryn, Elizabeth, Samantha, and Emily Hagan, and grandfather to Tyson James and Morgan. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by sister Tammy (Bobby) Shain, and brothers Derrick (Tia) Hagan, Devin (Bridget) Hagan and nieces and nephews; Lucas Shain, Chad (Chelsea) Taylor, Kristin (Tyler) Wenger, Grant and Neal Ringerwole, and Abigail, Addison, Annalise, Tyler and Ethan Hagan. He is also survived by his in-laws, Bob (Peg) Andrews, Deb (Chuck) Taylor, Denise (Dale) Ringerwole, and Jeff Andrews.

Aside from his family, Donald’s greatest devotion was to the military. Donald joined the United States Army Reserves in 1988 as an ROTC student at the University of Louisville in Louisville KY. He earned degrees in criminal justice from the University of Louisville, accounting from the University of Cincinnati, and an MBA from Columbia Southern University.

During his years in the military, COL Hagan served in multiple deployments including, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and the Global War on Terrorism. His military honors include, Afghanistan Campaign medal with Campaign Star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, six Army Commendation Medals, three Achievement Medals, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, six Army Reserve Component Achievement Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, six Overseas Service Ribbons, three Armed Forces Reserve Medals, NATO Medal, and Combat Action Badge.

Donald was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Rose Bernadette (Clark) Hagan.
Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington VA, a private memorial will be held at that time. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Arrangements entrusted to the Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main Street, Norwalk.

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Don Osborne

Bardstown, KY, United States
January 27, 2021

I am deeply saddened to hear of Donald's passing. I knew Donald throughout our years growing up and we were college roommates at the University of Louisville. After graduation we lost touch. I had no idea of the extent and magnitude of his distinguished and honorary military career. We are all grateful for his service. I offer my deepest condolences to his family.

COL Stephen J Stasevich

CHESAPEAKE, VA, United States
January 27, 2021

I am sad to hear of Don's passing. He was a truly impressive officer and individual.

Paul Rominger

Belton, SC
January 25, 2021

Very sad news. Donald remained one of my favorite persons even though we had not seen each other for 45 years. He was a fine man. I always respected the military service he gave.