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Dr. Robert J. Hagen

October 22, 1955 - March 25, 2022
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Lafayette Jefferson High School
1801 S 18th St
Lafayette, IN 47905
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Lafayette, IN 47909
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Dr. Robert J. Hagen “Bob” passed away unexpectedly at a conference in Chicago on March 25, 2022. Bob was born in Detroit, MI on October 22, 1955, to the late James and Betty Hagen.  When Bob was 11 years old, his parents moved he and his two older siblings to Bradenton, Florida.  Despite their ownContinue Reading

Cheryl and Jade Washburn left a message on April 13, 2022:
Dear Debbie and the Robert Hagen Family, I was so shocked to hear of Bob’s passing that I could not believe it til I finally read it in the J & C! Then my heart just broke in two, just like it did when I lost my husband, Jeff Washburn, 4 years ago. I called my son, Jade Ryan, who also knew Bob, and he was devastated as well, to hear of Bob’s passing! Our family knew Bob in different ways and in different times, but we all loved him and cherished him as a friend, a doctor, a mentor, a guidance counselor, and an honest, true, caring, unique, one-of-a-kind human being who we will always CHERISH!! My husband valued his opinion in sports and sports medicine and so went to him for information when an athlete was injured and Jeff, a sportswriter, was doing a story on the injured player! Jade, following in his Dad’s footsteps, was a sportswriter at the school and he, too, went to Bob for information about an injured player or perhaps medical info for a documentary he was working on for the school newspaper about ACL tears. Bob was my Dr. and did three surgeries on me for which I was extremely grateful, as he also monitored the fragility of my ever changing spine!! Our family will GREATLY MISS HIM for so many reasons!!! We have had all of you in our thoughts and in our prayers all these difficult days for you, Debbie, and your family. We most certainly will continue to do so!! God bless each and every one of you, and God bless an most magnificent and special man in Bob Hagen!!!! Love, Cheryl & Jade Washburn
Tom McCord left a message on April 12, 2022:
Bob and Debby have been great friends of our since their days back in Columbia in the eighties. We went to hockey games, football games and even indoor soccer games. I played basketball every Sunday with Bob and we loved it. We both worked at the MU Medical center as well. Bob excelled (and beyond) at everything he did but instead of becoming arrogant it gave him a calm confidence that he always passed on to those around him, especially patients. Unfortunately his Detroit Tigers went south on him for these last few years. He provided friendship and comfort to all those around him. There aren't many like him.
Kevin Wiley left a message on April 9, 2022:
Dr. Bob Hagen was an exceptional orthopedic surgeon as well as an exemplary public servant and leader. I was referred to him by friends over a decade ago from our church when I needed some knee surgery and I knew when I met him he was the clear choice to do the procedure after his full diagnosis. He also gave fine advice to my wife to actually avoid surgery. His acts of both kindness and willingness to serve those underprivileged to keep their joints healthy and allow them to compete in high school sports in this area do not need further elaboration. Such humble physicians are not always in abundance and he has set a great example for his compatriots and the community at large. We would encourage everyone to give to the United Way where he was such a leader in his name.
Ron Bearden left a message on April 4, 2022:
Dr. Hagen was a great friend, surgeon and mentor for both me and my youngest son, Cody. He preformed numerous surgery’s for me and mentored Cody for several years. He gave freely of his time and particularly helped Cody before, during and after Med school. Cody is now an Orthopedic Surgeon of which he owes a great deal to Dr. Bob Hagen. Dr. Hagen’s guiding spirit and guidance for everyone he touched will be missed. May you Rest In Peace!
Marilyn Frantz left a message on April 2, 2022:
Dear Hagan Family I am deeply sorry for your loss. Back in 1994 my then 14 year old son was hit by a car and broke his right femur. He was taken to the hospital where Dr Hagen was working that night. He talked to us for several minutes. Then he said, "now I have a job to do and you don't want to be in here." My son retired last year from the US Navy with 21 years. Several years went by and my arthritis was truly bad. I went to Dr. Hagen for shots. He said that we looked familiar...then he told us that he remembered repairing our sons leg as he was putting the shots in my knees. God needed another flower for His bouquet1 Dr. Hagen will be missed!
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Carol Scott left a message on April 1, 2022:
So sorry for your loss. Dr. Hagan was my doctor for several years. I hated the news when I heard he was retiring. He was Great Doctor! He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Steve Haby left a message on April 1, 2022:
Dear Hagen Family, I did not know Dr. Hagen well, but in what I know, he had a servant heart. He attended to our daughter’s broken arm many years ago. Both he and Debbie gave SO much back to the community, both in the form of time and money. His life lived is such a good example to emulate in being successful both professionally and personally. My sincere condolences to his wife, children and grandchildren. May you experience the love and mercy of Christ in the days ahead. Kindly, Steve Haby
Dean and Chris Kelly left a message on April 1, 2022:
Deepest sympathies to Debbie, Jessica and Alex and their families. We were so saddened to hear of Bob's passing. Dean was privileged to work at Unity with Bob and always appreciated his guidance and expertise when he had questions about orthopedic injuries. Bob always took time to ask Chris about our sons when they ran into each other at Franciscan Health Lafayette East. Our son, Ian, was privileged to have Bob as a soccer coach who was encouraging, enthusiastic and kind to the kids he was coaching. Bob was the ultimate role model for young men. Bob was loved, admired, respected by all and will be sadly missed.-Dean and Chris Kelly
J. Matthew Royeca left a message on April 1, 2022:
Dr. Hagen was my clinical preceptor during my second year of medical school. He was set to retire in the latter part of that year, but he was gracious enough to let me rotate with him. My biggest takeaway from my experiences with him was how much compassion he showed to each of his patients and got to know each one’s story and concerns. He was an excellent teacher both in how to be a good technical surgeon and how to care for patients as a whole. My deepest condolences to Dr. Hagen’s family.
Chuck Herber left a message on March 31, 2022:
You will be so dearly missed, Dr. Hagan. It was a joy to have your children in my classes at Jeff High School where each one excelled. You also gave kind and loving care to my mother-in-law when she had her knee replaced. I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations as you walked the sidelines at football games. Your kind sense of humor was contagious. For these reasons and so many more, I will dearly miss you.
Dusti Chase left a message on March 30, 2022:
My heartfelt condolences to the Dr. Hagen's family. Dr. Hagen had an incredible memory. I was a physical therapy student shadowing Dr. Hagen in surgery. After I introduced myself, I told him he had reconstructed my husband's ACL 5 years earlier. He ask for his name. He paused and then said he played offensive guard for McCutcheon. I was amazed that he could remember his school, sport, and even position after 5 years. In 2014 my mother was watching her great nephew play basketball at a West Lafayette vs. Jeff game. At the end of the game my Mom was walking down the bleachers and her knee gave out. She fell and hit her head on the gym floor. Dr. Hagen was there taking care of her. Once he found out that she had a heart transplant and was on blood thinners he wanted her to go to the ER immediately. My Mom did not want to go by ambulance but agreed for my Dad to take her directly there. Unfortunately, she suffered a subdermal hematoma and a skull fracture. She lost consciousness while having a CAT scan. She underwent emergency surgery and was on a ventilator. The days passed as we waited for the brain swelling to decrease and for her to regain consciousness. Mom never recovered and passed away after 13 days. Even though Dr. Hagen was not part of her care, he stopped by every single day for 13 days to see how she was doing. Our family greatly appreciated his care and concern. Professionally, Dr. Hagen took time to personally take phone calls regarding his patients. He would send personal notes to express his appreciation for the care the we gave his patients. He will be greatly missed. I want his family to know what a caring and compassionate physician he was. You will be in my prayers.
Mindy Gilbert left a message on March 30, 2022:
In memory of Dr. Robert J. Hagen, Mindy Gilbert lit a candle
Mindy Gilbert left a message on March 30, 2022:
In memory of Dr. Robert J. Hagen, Mindy Gilbert lit a candle
Mindy Gilbert left a message on March 30, 2022:
In memory of Dr. Robert J. Hagen, Mindy Gilbert lit a candle
Debra Beck left a message on March 30, 2022:
The Hagens were our neighbors, we taught at Jefferson beside Debbie, and later we were teachers for Jessica and Alex. What a super family! Be warmed by wonderful memories. We are thinking of you. --Debbie and Gregg Beck
Kristen Koning McCain left a message on March 30, 2022:
Dr. Hagen repaired our daughter's torn ACL and when she shared her interest in a medical career, he offered to let her shadow him. She is now in college studying nursing and will remember him as a role model. We will always be thankful for the excellent care he took of our daughter. We think of his family and friends and the great loss his death leaves for the community. A life well lived that positively affected so many.
Terri Virgin left a message on March 30, 2022:
Mrs Hagen, Jessica, Alex & family, I worked at LOC the entire time Dr Hagen was there, He cared not only about his patients but also the employees. He was interested in our families & often stopped to talk about our kids sports!! He was always Very willing to reward an employees dedication& hard work making you know that he appreciated all you did & were doing for the company. He was so many things, a good doctor, compassionate, giving, kind, caring, humble, family man, loved the community & I could go on….just had lunch with him 2 weeks ago, Saw pics of the new granddaughter & talked about the 3 grandsons…. His face beaming❤️ No words can fill the void you are feeling but I will be Praying for the Lord to heal your broken hearts🙏
Judy Ryan left a message on March 30, 2022:
So sorry for the loss to the family. Sending prayers and hugs to all! I had an wonderful experience in having both children Jessica & Alex while teaching PreK at Covenant Preschool. Dr. Hagen and Debbie were very involved in our activities at the preschool. It was always great in seeing him while we attending many sport functions at Lafayette Jeff where I have several nieces and a granddaughter attending there.
Jeffrey Reed left a message on March 30, 2022:
People Like Dr. Robert Hagen do not come along very often in life. Strong, confident, intelligent, compassionate, profoundly giving, wonderful family man and much more. And it simply is a tragedy for all of us when they leave our world way too early.
Matt Hilton left a message on March 30, 2022:
I was surprised and saddened to hear about Dr. Hagen's death. He was a mentor to me from a young age and was encouraging every step of the way. I first shadowed him as a high school student and eventually rotated with him during my clerkship in medical school. I am now a family and sports medicine physician. I am grateful for Dr. Hagen's support and encouragement over the years. He will be missed by so many but he also left a positive impact on all who knew him. Grace and Peace to the Hagen family.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Mary Berberian Isaacs left a message on March 30, 2022:
My Dad, Bill Berberian, very much admired and respected Dr. Hagen. He helped to heal many West Lafayette athletes as well as my Dad in his later years. May they both rest in peace.
Iris Yeater left a message on March 30, 2022:
So sorry for your sudden loss… our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God’s blessings to the families. Thanks to Dr. Hagen for keeping me pain free & walking again. May he Rest In Peace 🙏
Dave and Arlene Metzger left a message on March 30, 2022:
Dear Hagen Family, You have our sincere prayers and sympathy over the passing of your husband and father. Dr. Hagen took care/surgery of my husband Dave and our two sons Austin and Trenton. (Trenton even got to do a TV commercial for Unity several years ago.) We have such high respect and regards for him, we know he will be missed by so many. We will continue to pray for you. Sincerely, Dave and Arlene Metzger
Kristie Elizalde-Lane left a message on March 30, 2022:
It was a pleasure working with Doc in his clinic at IU White. A real class act who genuinely cared about his patients. He will be missed.
Marilyn Jean Poppinga left a message on March 30, 2022:
My heartfelt condolences to the family. I am a retired Rn who worked the floor his patients were on and loved every minute I worked with him. He was the kindness doctor I ever met--not only to his patients, but to the nurses also. He was such a giving and caring man to the medical world and the whole community. He will be missed. God bless the family. RIP Dr. Hagen
Marilyn Jean Poppinga left a message on March 30, 2022:
My heartfelt condolences to the family. I am a retired Rn who worked the floor his patients were on and loved every minute I worked with him. He was the kindness doctor I ever met--not only to his patients, but to the nurses also. He was such a giving and caring man to the medical world and the whole community. He will be missed. God bless the family. RIP Dr. Hagen
Marilyn Jean Poppinga left a message on March 30, 2022:
My heartfelt condolences to the family. I am a retired Rn who worked the floor his patients were on and loved every minute I worked with him. He was the kindness doctor I ever met--not only to his patients, but to the nurses also. He was such a giving and caring man to the medical world and the whole community. He will be missed. God bless the family. RIP Dr. Hagen
Steve Floyd left a message on March 29, 2022:
Dr Hagen helped me immensely over the years with his surgical skills and man to man advice and guidance. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to the entire Hagen family.
Rob and Dede Campbell left a message on March 29, 2022:
We have great memories of Bob both as a physician for our daughter Meghan and as the coach of our sons travel soccer team. We so much appreciated his bedside and field side manner. The greater Lafayette community has lost a great man and asset. Our condolences to Deb and the entire Hagen family. Rob and Dede Campbell Coatesville IN
Cara Knochel left a message on March 29, 2022:
My sincerest condolences to all of the Hagen family. I worked with Dr Hagen when he first came to town and began doing surgery at Home Hospital, with his office (LOC) on the corner. Over many years I observed his integrity and work ethic in action, in the OR and at the bedside. I continued to work alongside him as he served on various hospital administrative committees. He also kept my daughter out of the hospital and on the soccer field from 2nd grade thru college. He will be forever missed. RIP Dr Hagen. Things won't be the same here without you.
Anna E. Strickland left a message on March 29, 2022:
My sincere condolences to Dr. Hagen's family. He was a wonderful surgeon and kind and caring person, He will be greatly missed. My prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
Ryan T Freeman left a message on March 29, 2022:
My sincerest condolences to Dr. Hagen's family. He scoped my knee my junior year in High School (1996) and had me wrestling within two weeks of surgery. I will never forget his kindness and his reassuring approach to his work. I had dedicated much of my life to wrestling (16 years in total) and thought all of my hard work had been derailed by the injury. I didn't find the success I had hoped for as a junior, but went on to place 5th in the state my senior year and played football and wrestled for four years in college and never had another knee issue. Dr. Hagen checked in on me periodically and that meant the world to me. Dr. Hagen's kindness extended beyond a doctor - patient relationship. I attended Wabash College for undergrad and was trying to decide between a business career path and medicine. He let me shadow him for a day of office visits and during a shoulder replacement surgery. I ultimately found my way to a career in investment banking that I love. I owe that, in part, to Dr. Hagen and the generosity he extended me when I was in college in the late 90's. I was blessed to have crossed paths with him and just wanted to share that with those that are close to him. He had a profound impact on my life as I am sure he did with so many others.
AGNES E GALEMA left a message on March 29, 2022:
So saddened by Dr. Hagen's sudden passing. He did both of my hip replacement surgeries. He was so compassionate and caring. He will be greatly missed in the community. I pray for peace and comfort for the Hagen family at this difficult time.
Kent & Deb Weigle left a message on March 29, 2022:
Dr. Hagen was our surgical go to person! Even years after doing surgery on our daughter, he would ask about her if we ran into him in public. Such a great man who will be truly missed in this community!
David Bankoff left a message on March 29, 2022:
I was shocked and saddened by Bob’s sudden passing. Very rarely do we meet people in our life that make a difference. Bob was one of those. Working with Bob over the years with the Indiana Orthopaedic Society and the Board of Councilors advocating for healthcare, i was able to appreciate Bob’s care for people and his skill in dealing with individuals and organizations. He truly missed. My wife Billie and I extend our condolences to Bob’s family for their loss.
Joshua Young left a message on March 29, 2022:
Deb, Jess and Alex, I am deeply sorry for your loss, please don’t hesitate to ask if you need anything. So many wonderful memories to look back on that I am fond of. My two favorite are soccer evenings together with your family and spending a weekend at Lake Cumberland. I had never been water skiing before and each of you welcomed me as if I were family making me feel comfortable as I learned. The kindness of your family is a light in this world and it has a ripple effect out into the same community that care for each of you dearly. I remember speaking with him recently and he was so proud of you Alex and Jess for the wonderful parents you have grown to be. He was one proud Grandpa. I am always here if you want to talk. -Josh
DONNA K KELLER left a message on March 29, 2022:
So saddened by Dr. Hagen’s sudden death. He did both of my hip replacements and the revision of my left hip. He was so compassionate and kind. He will be missed. I pray for peace, strength and grace for the family as they go through this difficult time.
Rosa Stovall left a message on March 29, 2022:
My utmost sympathies to the Hagen. family. Dr Hagen was the best in his field. He preformed both my hip replacements. I couldn’t have ask for a better Dr. Great attitude and personality. Never in a hurry to make your appointment go fast. Loved visiting and sharing family pics. He will be deeply mixed. One of the greats. C
Carolyn Weedon left a message on March 29, 2022:
So sorry and shocked the passing of my "FAVORITE" Doctor! He did all my replacement surgeries except the hip that still needs to be done. He was the most compassionate and caring doctor I knew! RIP my "friend"! Will see you on the other side some day and you can fix the other hip!
Sara Primeau left a message on March 29, 2022:
I am saddened by Dr Hagen’s death. He was my physician for a knee and hip replacement. He was so personable, and his office staff was too. He always asked about my children who he knew from Jeff High School. Everyone I spoke to about him had nothing but good things to say. I’m sad that he and Debbie didn’t have more time together after his retirement.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Laurie Studebaker left a message on March 29, 2022:
I am so very sorry to hear of Bob's death. He was a wonderful man and did so much for the Lafayette community; a true blessing. Your family are in the thoughts and prayers of our whole family. Bless you all.
Peggy Baldwin left a message on March 29, 2022:
Sending my heartfelt condolences to his wife and family in the loss of their loved one. Dr. Hagen was a very kind and compassionate surgeon and will be greatly missed in this community. Sending you prayers that you find peace and comfort in the coming days🙏✝️💟
Constance Williams left a message on March 29, 2022:
Thank you for all you did for the Lafayette community. So very sorry.
Linda Christopher left a message on March 29, 2022:
My sincere condolences to Dr. Hagen's family. Dr. Hagen performed all 4 of my surgeries including knee replacement. He always asked about my children and talked sports to my husband. He had a true passion for his family, patients, and his profession. He wasn't on call when my daughter broke her ankle and leg in a soccer game at Mccutcheon, but he checked in on her later and continued to ask about her over the years. Please know that your family is in our prayers during this difficult time.
Mark Gosney left a message on March 29, 2022:
My sincere condolences to Dr. Hagan and his family. He was an amazing man and an awesome surgeon. He did five surgeries on me and I was the recipient of his last replacement when he retired. I would run into him at sporting events and he always had time to stop and talk. Dr. Hagan will be missed by the community
Gary and Mary Moore left a message on March 29, 2022:
Debby and family. You have our heartfelt sympathy. We can’t begin to tell you how much Bob meant to us. He was a wonderful boss/colleague, but more than that, a true friend. He will be missed beyond measure.
Leslie & Bruce Brandt left a message on March 29, 2022:
Dr. Hagen operated on my knee and my husband’s shoulder. We can’t speak highly enough of him. Our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Veneta Hazlewood left a message on March 29, 2022:
I was heartbroken to hear of his passing. In my many years working with him I can attest to the fact that he was the kindest, most fun loving and even tempered Dr. I have ever known and I am confident he is with his Lord. May God comfort and sustain you during this sad time.God Bless. Veneta and Jim Hazlewood
Peg Oliver RN left a message on March 29, 2022:
To Dr Hagen’s family I send my sincere condolences. I looked forward to Saturday mornings when he came to the hospital and we would reminisce about our days at the old White county hospital and then at Franciscan East . He was a very special man. May God help you find comfort in knowing he helped so many individuals.
Annare L Loubser left a message on March 28, 2022:
My heart is broken....my sincerest condolences with the loss of your loved one. I hope you find comfort in knowing what an amazing man he was. Caring compassionate and brilliant. He was an amazing Physician to work with. The always took time for a call about a client. He always encouraged and inspired me. He will always be remembered for his great care. Please know we are saddened by your loss and hope you find comfort knowing he will be greatly missed by many. Sincerely Annare
Annare L Loubser left a message on March 28, 2022:
My heart is broken....my sincerest condolences with the loss of your loved one. I hope you find comfort in knowing what an amazing man he was. Caring compassionate and brilliant. He was an amazing Physician to work with. The always took time for a call about a client. He always encouraged and inspired me. He will always be remembered for his great care. Please know we are saddened by your loss and hope you find comfort knowing he will be greatly missed by many. Sincerely Annare
Annare L Loubser left a message on March 28, 2022:
My heart is broken....my sincerest condolences with the loss of your loved one. I hope you find comfort in knowing what an amazing man he was. Caring compassionate and brilliant. He was an amazing Physician to work with. The always took time for a call about a client. He always encouraged and inspired me. He will always be remembered for his great care. Please know we are saddened by your loss and hope you find comfort knowing he will be greatly missed by many. Sincerely Annare
Dave and Chris Morrison left a message on March 28, 2022:
Debbie and Family, Chris and I were heartbroken to learn of Bob's passing last Friday. You both have been dear friends for the past 48 years and there is a bond between lifetime friends that is so special. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and that we are here for you and your family not only during these difficult days ahead but in the better times to come. Sending Love and Prayers, Dave and Chris
Lynda and Kelsey Logan left a message on March 28, 2022:
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for Deb and family.
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc. left a message:
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