American Veteran 08

Frederick J. Hagen

January 17, 1924 ~ July 2, 2023 (age 99) 99 Years Old
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Frederick J. Hagen, 99, of Bedford, died on Sunday, July 2, 2023 at The Village at Morrisons Cove, in Martinsburg.  He was born on January 17, 1924 in Rutherford, NJ, a son of the late Frederick J. and Freda Louise (Gempp) Hagen. On August 1, 1953 in Ellerslie, MD, he married Peggy (Smith) Hagen and they would have celebrated 70 years of marriage this year.  She survives along with two daughters: Carol Jean Gosseaux and husband Pierre of Clearville; Kelly Ann Hagen of Bedford; and one son Thomas Frederick Hagen also of Bedford; four grandchildren; Kristi Gosseaux; Koah Hagen; Van Hagen and wife Evie; and Matthew Miller and wife Christina all of Bedford; five great-grandchildren:  Erin, Shana, and Seana McDaniel and Job and Jocie Hagen; four great-great-grandchildren Asa, Roma, Ziggy, and Kannon. Also surviving are two brothers-in-law: Ray Smith and wife Elaine of Stoystown and Glenn Smith and wife Margaret of Michigan; two sisters-in -law:  Shirley widow of Lee Smith of Madley Hollow and Linda Smith Holler widow of Kenny of Schellsburg; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by two infant sons: Patrick and Timothy, and one brother Edward Hagen.

Frederick was a Sgt in the Army during WWII.  He was very proud of his service as a tank commander.  He served most of his time in France and Germany. After WWII he drove truck for Studabakers’s and then Interstate, SAC, Bedford Twp., and Zembower Oil.  After he was done driving for other companies, he owned his own trucks and hauled steel.

 He owned the Exxon station at the turnpike interchange in Bedford for 10 years, and bought and sold real estate in town with his partners.  He volunteered with the VA transporting people to their appointments in Altoona.  He and his wife fostered over 40 children together over a 10 year span.  He enjoyed woodworking and was a 68 year member and served on different boards at Real Life Church in Bedford. The family is thankful for the support and love from their Church family especially Chris Beasley.


A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at the Real Life Church in Bedford with Rev. Brian Swain officiating. Full military rites conducted at the church by the Fort Bedford Honor Guard. Friends will be received Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church. Those wishing may make memorial contribution Frederick’s name to the Real Life Church, 621 West Pitt Street, Bedford, PA 15522. Arrangements by Timothy A. Berkebile Funeral Home in Bedford.   Our online guest book is available at 

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Receiving of Friends & Family
July 8, 2023

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Real Life Church
621 W. Pitt St.
Bedford, PA 15522

Memorial Service
July 8, 2023

1:00 PM
Real Life Church
621 W. Pitt St.
Bedford, PA 15522


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