James Henry Hage, 74, of Sauk Centre, passed away unexpectedly on April 9, 2014, in Windom.

James Henry Hage, 74, of Sauk Centre, passed away unexpectedly on April 9, 2014, in Windom. Funeral services for Jim will be held on Monday, April 14, 2014, 11 a.m., at the First Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre with Pastor Dave Solberg officiating. Friends may begin calling on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 3 to 7 p.m., at the Iten Funeral Home in Browerville and on the day of the service one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be held at the East Sveadahl Church Cemetery in St. James on April 26, 2014 at 1 p.m. Arrangements with Iten Funeral Home, Browerville, www.itenfuneralhome.com.

Jim was born April 9, 1940, in Madelia to Henry and Eldora (Oredson) Hage and lived in LaSalle during his growing up years. He was baptized and Confirmed at LaSalle Lutheran Church. Jim attended LaSalle Elementary School and then entered St. James High School, graduating June 1958. He served four years in the Unites States Air Force being stationed in Texas, England and France as a jet engine mechanic. After discharge from the Air Force Jim worked for Pratt Whitney in Hartford, Conn. He returned to Minnesota and was employed at Scherr-Tumico, Inc., St. James, as a Lathe Operator. Jim married Diane Noren on February 6, 1965, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. In the fall of 1970 Jim and Diane moved to New Ulm, where he was employed at 3M as Lead Foreman/Manufacturing Engineer in the Fab Shop.  In the summer of 1979 Jim and Diane moved to Browerville, where he was employed by A. A. Johnson Tool Company in Clarissa as a Manufacturing Engineer. In 1989, Jim, along with two partners, started Lake Country CNC Machine Company in Long Prairie. In June 1998 he sold his share of the business and retired. In the summer of 2007 Jim and Diane sold their lake cabin on Lake Osakis and their home in Browerville and built a new home on Greystone Golf Course in Sauk Centre. Jim and Diane spent winter months in Arizona where he enjoyed playing cards, pinochle, golfing, visiting friends and meeting with aviation buddies on Thursdays. Jim was involved in and held offices in the Browerville Sportsmen’s Club, the Browerville Lions, the Zion Lutheran Church and church council, and the Region V Development Council. Jim’s interests included hunting, fishing, golfing, flying, and riding his motorcycle. He enjoyed old cars and restoration of the old cars. In 1996 he built his own Lancair 360 airplane. His greatest joy was spending them with his kids and grandkids. They were his pride and joy.

Jim is survived by his wife of 49 years, Diane Hage, Sauk Centre; children, Gina (Michael) Wagner, Osakis, Michael (Gloria) Hage, White Bear Lake; grandchildren, Ryan (Mary) Wagner, Alicia Wagner, Isabella Hage; sisters, Irene Dzurak, Brookfield, Wis.; Shirley (Jack) Rutherford, Bowie, Texas; brothers, Milton (Rosemary) Hage, Mankato, John Hage, Fergus Falls; sisters -and brothers-in-law, Julene Hoffman (Jimmy Anderson), Madelia, Lorna and Ken Henderson, St. James, Sonja and Dennis Coleman, St. James, Kaydra and David Sandbo, Butterfield, Valerie and Harold Juhl, Fairmont, Ruth Noren, Albert Lea; and many nieces and nephews.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Eldora Hage; mother and father-in-law, Herbert and Karen Noren; brother-in-law Steve Dzurak; sister-in-law, Sandra Hage; brothers-in-law, Stanley Noren and Victor Hoffman.