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Sean Alein Hagen

Updated: Sep 15, 2022


Sean Alein Hagen passed away suddenly on the evening of September 5, 2022. He was among the stars and the fullness of a waxing gibbous moon - the same sky he loved gazing towards and capturing its wonder and beauty.


Sean was born on March 4, 1980 in Des Moines, Iowa to Kenneth Hagen and Sandra (Schultz) Hagen of Prole, Iowa. Sean loved his family and friends and everyone loved him. He was an old soul who radiated kindness, compassion and generosity. He spoke softly, gently and had a contagious laugh. Sean had a wonderful child’s sense of curiosity that he kept throughout his life. He found beauty in the everyday and savored a glowing sunset. He loved the simplicity of nature.


Sean cherished the time he could spend with his girlfriend, Heather Tomlinson and her two children, Ernesto and Ava Gaytan. Sean and Heather loved dancing under the stars together, watching movies, playing board games, going for scenic drives, spending time with the kids and whatever adventures they imagined.


He was an avid sports fan and loved watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, his beloved Oakland A’s, the Chicago Cubs, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Minnesota Vikings and the Boston Celtics. Sean often went to sporting events to watch his nieces and nephews play and occasionally went for long runs for enjoyment.


He enjoyed the Iowa State Fair, loved spending time with family and friends, adored his parents, and never shied away from a deep conversation.


Sean rarely missed a call to his brother, Matt. They talked on the phone, most every night of the week, which usually ended in a standoff of back and forth movie quotes. Using his amazing sense of humor, always in the perfect moment of a conversation, he would bust out a line, in perfect voice, from Harry Potter, “Red hair, hand me down robes-it must be a Weasley.” Sean would also talk to his brother, Kenny usually late at night. They talked about the Hawkeyes and new movies Sean had seen, to see what Kenny thought of them.


Sean was also an animal lover and gave special attention to his sister, Stephanie’s cat, Holly - and Holly adored him.


In high school, Sean excelled in sports as he was a natural athlete. He played baseball, basketball, wrestled, ran track and was an All-State Football player.


Sean held a variety of jobs throughout his life, most recently working for Ted Lare Design/Build and Garden Center in Norwalk, Iowa. He would often take pictures, and video, of the beautifully finished projects and surrounding countryside.


Those relatives who preceded Sean in death were his father, Kenneth Hagen, Sr.; grandmother, Bess Hagen; grandfather, LuDell Hagen; grandmother, Beatrice Dennis; grandfather, Joe Dennis.


Sean leaves to cherish his memory his girlfriend, Heather Tomlinson and her children Ernesto and Ava Gaytan of Winterset, IA; mother, Sandra Hagen of Prole, IA; sister, Stephanie Hagen of Prole, IA; sister, Melanie Waterman (Allan) of Des Moines, IA; brother, Kenny Hagen (Heather) of Lorimor, IA; brother, Matt Hagen (Teresa) of Osceola, IA; nephew, Kenny Hagen (Caitlyn and baby boy); nephew, Isaac Welcher (Chelsea); nephew, Chance Waterman; niece, Nadine Waterman; nephew, Evan Hagen; nephew, Seth Waterman; niece, Kimberly Hagen (Caleb); niece, Ava Hagen; niece, Fancy Hagen; niece, Frankie Hagen; great-niece Carson Welcher, as well as many other relatives and friends.


On Friday, September 16th there will be a visitation held from 5:00-7:00pm at Sunset Memorial Chapel to honor Sean's life.


Sean was a rare and wonderful gift - we will miss him deeply.



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