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John Keith Hagen

February 29, 1976November 12, 2020

John Keith Hagen, born February 29, 1976 in Edmonds Washington. Went home to be with the Lord November 12, 2020, at Providence Hospital, Centralia. John is preceded in death by his father, Keith Hagen, May 4, 1998.

John is survived by his mother, Lillian Harjo Austin, step father, Gilbert Austin, sister, Amy Marie Boswell, and brother-in-law Brian Boswell. Also three step siblings; Danielle Carvajal, Jessica Austin and Nathan Austin. On his father’s side he is survived by his grandmother, Beatrice Hagen along with his father’s brother David Hagen and sister Leanne Brockman along with several cousins and second cousins. On his mother’s side he is preceded in death by his Uncle, Kjell Harjo, and survived by his Uncle’s John, Knut and Hans and Aunt’s Liv and Solveig and many cousins and second cousins.

John graduated from Centralia High School in 1994. He attended Centralia College and Bates Technical College, and Puget Sound Community College. His love of the sea and all things seafaring inspired him to join the United States Coast Guard serving first in Sitka, Alaska on the USCGS Woodrush, and then in St. Petersburg, Florida on the USCGC Venturous. He continued for several more years serving in the Coast Guard Reserves in Westport Washington. He has worked for the United States Navy in Bremerton, as a crew member for Cruise West, for Foss Tug in Seattle and most recently for the Washington State Ferries. Throughout his maritime career he traveled all over the world; through the Panama Canal on a tugboat, to Sakhalin Island in Russia, throughout the Caribbean, and the South Pacific.

Johnny loved his family, and most especially his sister, Amy Boswell and her husband Brian and his cousin, Isaac Harjo. John would do anything he could to help anyone. He was a kind and generous person and would give generously to anyone in need. He was a musically gifted self-taught musician, and his preferred instrument was his guitar. He enjoyed all kinds of music from rock to classical and was modest about his accomplishments. He had a smile that would light up a room when he came in.

Special thanks to his Uncle, John Harjo and Aunt, Martha Harjo, who were Johnny’s rock through the good times and the bad. Also special thanks to Centralia Hospital’s palliative care team and to all the nurses and doctors who took such compassionate care of John. Their loving care was precious to see and gave us much comfort. Also special thanks to Pastor Luiz and Pastor John of Centralia Hospital who offered loving support and prayers for John as well as for Amy and I and John’s entire family. And to the harp player who came and played a special concert for John on her Irish Harp.

If you would like to remember John with a gift, remembrances should be made to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)

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John Twietmeyer

November 28, 2020

I can still remember starting my job with John as part of the deck crew and spending time in the San Juan Islands zipping around in his little white car and listening to his one reggae tape. He was an interesting, intelligent and fun individual to be around. When I think about him I smile. I know he had his challenges but he was a good person all the way through and up for any adventure! He was a pivotal part of one of my favorite summers in the San Juans.

Angela Downey Lyon

November 18, 2020

To Johnny's family, my heart goes out to you. I am so very sorry for your loss. To a man with a giving heart, a treasured soul, a talented adventurous spirit; you were my first love and I will always love you.

Jennifer Hawks Velazquez

November 17, 2020

John was loyal, funny, generous, and kind. I always admired his love and dedication to his family. My heart is heavy for Lil, Amy, Isaac, John & Martha, and for all that knew and loved him. I will always have good memories of you, John. Your family is in my prayers. If I could be just a fraction of the friend that you were to me, then I would consider myself a pretty darn good human being. Thank you for teaching me to fish, the motorcycle rides, the canoeing, introducing me to the movie Harold and Maude (which was very horrifying to me, actually), the music, fixing the flat tire in the Capitol Forest, helping me with my car, and for your strong principles. You are a great example to me.

Liv Karin Wasell

November 16, 2020

Can’t quite believe that my handsome nephew is now gone from this world but in a better place and at peace....RIP Johnny....heartfelt condolences to Lil and Gil and the whole family. Love you all so much.
Remembering the day John was born..leap year day in 76 and the youngest of our group of four little ones born in 2 yrs and four months of each other. Four new grand babies for our parents in short order....so much fun to remember how you and I knit Norwegian sweaters for all of them and had pics taken at Penney’s pixie pinups I think it was...precious memories. Time has flown by so fast. Much love ❤️ from your Sis and family. Heartfelt condolences and prayers to you 🌹

Amy Boswell

November 15, 2020

John was pretty much the best person I have ever known. Yes, he’s my brother but I stand by this statement. I have never known anyone as funny, adventurous, generous, or as loving to his family. He cared deeply for both his immediate family as well as every member of his extended family. He loved his friends too. Dave’s story above is a perfect example of my brother. In those good years there was nobody you would rather hang out with than John. I have so many stories I could tell- river adventures, wild rides in the forest, drives through the country, fishing, hiking, camp fires. John was never boring. He was hilarious and his humor was something he kept, even towards the end when so much else was gone. It’s not fair that he is gone. He fought so hard to keep his illness at bay. He fought longer and harder than any of us will ever truly know or understand. He was unbelievably strong and brave. He had to be. I can’t adequately express in words what he meant to me or how important he was or how much I will miss him all the rest of my days. Remember John. Remember his laugh, his smile, his goodness. He loved all of you, that I know for sure.

Brian Boswell

November 15, 2020

I will always remember John's infectious laugh and his adventurous spirit. He loved exploring in nature. John was such a talented musician. He had a love of life that few have. I am thankful for every moment I had with John and I will miss him forever.

Irene Kleiveland

November 15, 2020

Very sad to hear of Johnny’s passing. I remember the day he was born just 3 months before my son Scott. We moms shared many happy days together when our babies were small and growing up. Lillian was so good at sewing all of Amy and Johnny’s clothes and Scott got the benefit of wearing Johnny’s hand-me downs.
Scott remembers when he, John and Amy all got chicken pox’s at the same time, right before Scott’s 4th birthday. No party for him.
We treasure the memories.
Much love to Lillian, Amy and the family. I share in your grief.

Rose Anne Henriksen

November 15, 2020

So sorry to hear of John's passing. Lillian, your husband, Gil and Amy as well as the whole Hagen family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending my deepest sincere sympathies. May you find comfort in knowing others care and share in your loss.

Rose Anne Henriksen

DAVE Holcomb

November 14, 2020

JOHN WAS A GREAT FRIEND WHO I ENJOYED MANY MANY LAUGHS WITH. ONE OF MY FONDEST MEMORIES WERE WHEN JOHNNY GOT OUT OF THE COAST GUARD AND HE CAME OVER TO VISIT. HE SHOWED UP WITH A COUPLE SURVIVAL SUITS THAT HE HAD AQUIRED . THEY WERE DESIGNED TO KEEP A HUMAN ALIVE IN FREEZING ALASKA WATERS. IT WAS SNOWING SO WE PUT THEM ON AND JUMPED INTO THE NEAWAKUM RIVER. WE ENDED UP ON A 5 HOUR ADVENTURE, FLOATING THROUGH HIGH, FREEZING WATERS ALL THE WAY TO NAPAVINE. I COULD GO ON AND ON WITH THE FUN AND ADVENTURES JOHN AND I EXPERIENCED. WILL NEVER FORGET MY TIME WITH HIM GROWING UP. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE AND MISS HIM.

Jessica Austin

November 14, 2020

Johnny was always sweet and kind.

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