John William Kagie 1954-2003
John William Kagie died Oct. 7, 2003, at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, N.C. He was 49.
John was born Feb. 23, 1954, at Solandt Hospital in Hayden to Robert and Marian Kagie. He was the fourth child and the first boy in a family of eight children.
John graduated from Hayden High School in 1972. He was a state champion wrestler.
He joined the Navy in September 1972. He received training in diesel and mechanics in San Diego, Calif., and was discharged in September 1976.
After his discharge, John moved to Oregon, then California and back to Colorado for several years before returning to California. He lived in Santa Rosa, Calif., for the past five years.
John was an avid sports fan, and the Denver Broncos topped his list of favorite teams.
He worked many jobs, and for the past 10 years was an insurance adjuster. John was on the job in Greenville, N.C., helping hurricane victims file their claims when he died. He truly loved his job, and it took him many places.
John married Nancy Ellis on July 31, 1994, in Las Vegas, Nev. They had no children and later divorced. He kept in touch with Heather and Erin, who are Nancy’s children. Heather and her family attended the Kagie family reunion held in Craig in June 2003.
His dad, a niece and a cousin preceded John in death.
He is survived by his mother, Marian Kagie of Craig; two brothers, Jim of Rifle and Mark of Greeley; five sisters, Lois Wells of Richland, Ind., Kathleen Reck of Hayden, Jeannie Wixson of Hayden, Deborah Kemry of Steamboat Springs and Theresa Bridges of Grants, N.M.; three aunts, Doris Cornell of Saratoga, Wyo., Janice Pudge of Battlement Mesa, and Eleanor and Carl Blomquist of Grand Junction; 11 nieces; and eight nephews.
Services were held Oct. 11, 2003, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Club 4265 by members of the VFW. He was cremated, and the ashes were buried at Hayden Cemetery.
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