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Thomas Allen Hager
July 30, 1957 ~ April 13, 2023 (age 65) 65 Years Old
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Thomas Allen Hager entered into his Heavenly reward on Thursday, April 13, 2023, after a two-year battle with cancer. He spent his last days at his home in Fairfield Bay surrounded by his wife, Debbe and his sons, Brian and David.
Tom was born on July 30, 1957 in Ardmore, Oklahoma. In his 65 years, Tom lived a full life where he acquired many skills; using them for the benefit of others everywhere he went. From 1979 to 2011 he lived in Marshall, Missouri where he and Debbe raised their boys. It was here that Tom served as Assistant Scoutmaster and Hike master for 12 years. Using his expertise and enthusiasm as an outdoorsman, he played an important role in the lives of countless young men as he led camping trips, fishing trips, hikes, and helped many to become Eagle Scouts; two of those being his own sons. Service was an important element of Tom’s life, and he served as a member of the Air Force Reserves at Whiteman Air Force Base. He enlisted on September 29, 1975, and retired on July 30, 2017 at 37 years of service and 5 years of active duty. He also worked for cable TV in Marshall, Missouri and Con Agra Frozen Foods after that.
After living in Marshall for much of their lives, Tom and Debbe moved to Tightwad, Missouri from 2007 to 2017. They finally landed in Fairfield Bay, Arkansas where Tom spent his time volunteering in the community there. He worked as a volunteer for EMS and the Ambulance service, as well as at the local Recycle Center. He was heavily involved in his church, Maranatha Assembly of God, where he has left behind a meaningful and remarkable legacy. Tom was the weekly security guard for a booming kid’s program. He completely refinished and restored all four church buses while undergoing treatment after his first cancerous tumor was removed, and he fixed and updated anything that needed attention at the church. After his diagnosis, Tom approached his work for the Lord with a determination that left a profound impact on all who saw it. In the years that he battled his illness, Tom chose to make every day count, and accomplished much for the glory of God and for the good of others.
Left to honor his memory are his wife, Debbe Hager; son, Brian Hager, granddaughter, Ashly Hager; son, David Hager (Bobby), grandson, Dylyn Hager (Marlee), great-granddaughter, Hazel Hager, grandson, Nikolas Hager; stepmother; 5 brothers, sister, and a host of friends who will miss him greatly.
Tom is preceded in death by his mother and father.
2 Timothy 4:7 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith….
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ozark View Funeral Home. To share condolences or share a memory, please go to www.ozarkviewfuneralhome.com.