He was born on August 24, 1922, to Charles and Etta Hager, on the family farm near Darlington, Mo.John attended several grade schools. He attended two years of high school at Grandview, near Berlin, Mo., and two years at Albany, Mo., graduating in 1940. After high school, he worked in Bolivar, Mo., and Olathe, Kan., helping build the Olathe Naval Base. He enlisted in the Navy, and was assigned to the Armed Guard on December 15, 1942. He served in the Aleutian Island Campaign and Atlantic and Pacific Theaters. He also made a complete trip around the world. He was discharged on February 12, 1946.
He married Lois Peery, of Stanberry, Mo., in 1947. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on August 20, 2012.He worked for year at St. Joseph Light and Power driving a city bus. John and Lois farmed for 12 years.In 1960, they purchased the King City, Mo., R-1 school buses. They operated them for 26 years. He also owned and operated the school buses in Union Star, Mo., for two years. John was one of the founding members of the Missouri School Bus Contractors Association, and served on the board of directors for 23 years. He was also an alternate to the national association. He was a member of the King City American Legion and the First Christian Church.
He is survived by his children: David Hager, King City; Verlee Hager, Orlando, Fl.; and Daryle Hager and wife Arlene, Wichita, Kan. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Stephanie (Kelly) Stoll, Angela (James) Hall, Hayden Hager, Holden Hager, Jessica (Daniel) Brennan, Dara Hager, and Marcy Hager; nine great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are brother Don (Mary) Hager, sister-in-law Lois Marie Hager, brother-in-law Romey Davis, and several nieces and nephews. John was proceeded in death by his parents, brothers Charles, James, and sister Mary Margaret, and beloved grandson, John Hager.
Memorial Services will be at 1:30 PM, Thursday March 7th at the King City Christian Church. The inurnment will follow the memorials service at the King City Cemetery, King City, Mo. Graveside military honors will be conducted. The family will receive friends from 7-9PM Wednesday at First Christian Church, King City, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, King City, Mo. or the John Hager memorial Scholarship Fund, King City R1 High School. Arrangements by the Rupp Funeral Home.
Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com.