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Kenneth J. van der Hagen, 92, of Lewistown, died Wednesday, December 3rd, at his home of natural causes.

He was born December 7, 1921, in Loretto, Minnesota, and moved to Montana at a very young age.  He is the son of Richard A. and Ethel C. (Welsh) van der Hagen.  He received his schooling in Lewistown, graduating from Fergus High School in 1939.  Kenneth worked on the family farm and ranch on Castle Butte, and as a carpenter around the area.  On November 18, 1961, he was united in marriage to Helen M. Dasenbrock in Lewistown.  They made their home and raised their four daughters on the ranch south of town.  She preceded him in death in 1978.  Following her death, he continued living and farming on Castle Butte until the time of his death.

Kenneth was a very active member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church.

He is survived by his daughters Mary Evans and Lucille van der Hagen, both of Seattle, WA, Kathy (Phil)  Nichols of Hudson, NH, and Anita (Steve) Mullins of Fairbanks, AK; two brothers Harry of Lewistown, and Don (Judy) of Vaughn, MT; two sisters Helen Miller and Jean (Floyd) Maxwell, both of Lewistown; eleven (11) grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Memorial Mass for Kenneth J. van der Hagen will be Monday, December 29, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. and Rosary will be Sunday, December 28, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. both in St. Leo’s Catholic Church, with inurnment in Mount Calvary Cemetery.  The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to St. Leo’s Church or the charity of their choice, and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at