Obituary: Frank Hager

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Frank Hager, a first generation lifelong resident of Bozeman, MT, crossed his eternal finish line on Monday, October 11, 2021 at the age of 90. Frank was born on June 2, 1931 in Bozeman and was the son of German immigrants Robert and Theresa Hager, who wanted to raise their sons in picturesque Montana. Frank attended Hawthorne Elementary School and graduated from Gallatin High School in 1950. Frank discovered his passion for coins in his youth and became an avid and knowledgeable collector.

Frank married Lyla (Manry) Todd, a young widow with three children, on June 18, 1967, and Frank and Lyla settled near Bozeman University, where they spent many happy years with their family. Frank was an enthusiastic host and really enjoyed the frequent visitors from home and abroad, especially his relatives from Germany, because it gave him the opportunity to share his love for this beautiful country, the state of Montana and its hut. Over the years Frank has worked as a co-owner of Bozeman Stock Yard, Baxter Hotel, Local Farmers and Shepherds, Texaco and Hayne’s Real Estate, and Hager’s Body Shop, where he also skillfully towed vehicles in Gallatin County. Over the years he invested in local real estate and became a generous landlord for many residents. Frank was involved in his denomination at First Lutheran Church, Grand Avenue Christian Church, and later Summit Church (formerly Christian Center). The time with his ever-growing family and friends was blessed for Frank; a popular pastime was his daily coffee appointments in this valued community. Another favorite pastime was to retire to his cabin near the Gallatin Gateway with his beloved wife and her family or visitors. After his work, Frank preferred to sit on the veranda, watching and waiting patiently as hummingbirds scurried around him, deer enjoyed the salt blocks and the wind ruffled the trees and grasses.

Frank precedes his wife Lyla (Manry; Todd) Hager in death; his parents, Robert Hager and Theresa (Manhart) Hager; and brothers Henry Hager and Rudolph “Rudy” Hager. Frank leaves behind his children and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Frank’s loyalty and fondness for the splendor of the Montana countryside are remembered by his children, Jennifer Todd of Bozeman, Rachel Todd Derosier (Timothy) of Colorado Springs, CO, and Randall Todd (Diane Frantz Todd) of Seal Beach, CA; 11 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 13th at 1:00 p.m. at Summit Church in Bozeman, followed by a burial in Sunset Hills Cemetery. To see the service live, visit the SummitChurchMT YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU9AETbuR4EWPdxu4ESloqg [youtube.com]).

Charitable donations on Frank’s behalf may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105, stjude.org.

The arrangements are in the care of the Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com [dokkennelson.com]


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