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Charles Michael "Mike" Hager

November 27, 1940October 24, 2020

Charles Michael “Mike” Hager celebrated his homecoming on Saturday, October 24, 2020, surrounded by his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He entered Heaven’s gates at the age of 79. Mike was known for his gentle nature and infectious smile.

Mike was born on November 27, 1940, in Beardstown, Illinois, to Charles D. and Marie G. (Bowman) Hager. He married Joy Ann Rutledge on March 9, 1975. They had one son and three daughters.

Mike began his love of music at the age 16, learning to play guitar by ear. His musical style was inspired by his love for Chet Atkins and country music. Mike was a member of Just Good Friends band and served on the worship team at his church. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and ecstatic about them breaking the 108 year World Series drought.

Mike is survived by his wife, Joy, a son, Timothy (Vicki), three daughters Kimberly (Donald) Hays, Lynn Walker, and Tina Samson, seven grandchildren, and sixteen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson.

The family will meet friends on Friday October 30, 2020 at 1:30 pm with a celebration service to follow at 3:00 pm at Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 Koke Mill Road, Springfield, IL. 62711. CDC guidelines regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic will be followed. Flowers may be sent to Bisch Funeral Home West and donations may be made to Calvary Church. Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at



  • Memorial Visitation

    Friday, October 30, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, October 30, 2020

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Linda (Cassady)Tankersley

November 6, 2020

Mike was one of the Nicest Gentlemen I have ever had the Pleasure knowing and working with ! Some of the best times we had was working the "Farm Progress" Shows for "Burrus Seed Co." Mike was such an Awesome Guitar Player and He loved helping other Musicians learn different "Licks" on the Guitar :) Mike
did a lot of Radio shows with Me at WRMS in Beardstown and we had so much Fun! Having Facebook I really enjoyed seeing Mike's Love for Animals ! I know Joy and the Family have so many "Precious Memories"


October 31, 2020

I have a lot of fond memories of Uncle Mike as a kid, and grandmas house with the cousins, unfortunately time changes things and you dont realize how little time we have together on earth. Rest in peace you will forever be missed.

Sue Poehlman

October 31, 2020


We are so sorry to hear of Mike's passing.

Mike was in The Bridge when my husband, Gene Poehlman, was and Mike shared his kind heart with Gene.

May happy memories comfort you and your family.
God Bless
Gene and Sue Poehlman

Jaye Hinds

October 31, 2020

Joy I'm so sorry to see that Mike has passed.May God bless you and give you peace.

Cathy Butler McIntosh

October 29, 2020

Joy and family, I was sorry to read about Mike. My dad was Jim Butler and he thought a great deal of Mike as a brother musician and friend. May his wonderful memories always be with you in heart. Beulah Butler and family

Jeffrey Buhrmann

October 29, 2020

My condolences to Joy and the whole family on Mike's passing. May Faith and memories sustain everyone in the days, weeks, and months to come.
Jeff Buhrmann (neighbor on Soleil Avenue)

Pat Curtis

October 29, 2020

Mike was one of the kindest, sweetest people I’ve known. His gentle manner was always apparent, and he treated everyone with respect- and a smile.

The world would be a far better place if more of us were half as decent as Mike Hager. There is no doubt that the years Mike spent on earth made this world better for all of us. Thank you Mike. It was a pleasure to know you.

Tim Hager

October 29, 2020

Gary and Linda Crowder

October 28, 2020

Joy and family, We extend our prayers during this difficult time. We always enjoyed hearing Mike play his guitar with our church band. May God bring you peace in the days ahead.

Robin Patton

October 27, 2020

I’ll always remember Mike as being a very Kind person... And of course I’ll always remember how great He was at playing Guitar.... I can just Imagine the sound in Heaven when Mike joined that Heavenly Band and began playing Guitar.... We can have Joy in our Hearts knowing that some day soon we will see Mike again.... May God Bless you Joy Hager and all of your Family....


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