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“So sad to read of Jacks passing. He was a year ahead of me in high school. I remember playing football with him in high school. I always liked Jack....Read More »
1 of 35 | Posted by: Richard Bokhart - Midgic - Friend

“My prayers and deepest sympathies to the Hagist family. I had the opportunity to be part of his team and Kellogg, and I have a lot of great memories...Read More »
2 of 35 | Posted by: Ricardo Barron - kalamazoo, MI

“My heartfelt condolences to the Hagist family. Jack was a wonderful person, with a great big heart, filled with humor and goodness. It was an honor...Read More »
3 of 35 | Posted by: Letty Othon - Romeoville, IL

“My prayers and deepest sympathies to the entire Hagist family. Jack was a wonderful man and fond memories of him will live on in our hearts forever....Read More »
4 of 35 | Posted by: Wes Witek - Mount Prospect, IL

“My prayers for Sue and the family at Jack's passing. I always enjoyed seeing and speaking with Jack at church. He shot from the hip and was a real...Read More »
5 of 35 | Posted by: Ruth Heyn - Nashville, MI

“Sue and family I am praying for peace for you. I pray you many happy remembrances from the wonderful years you shared. May your memories accompany...Read More »
6 of 35 | Posted by: Cathy Tyjewski - Battle Creek, MI

“Sending prayers and hugs to entire Hagist family. Jack was a wonderful man! Hope all your great memories will help you through this difficult time. ”
7 of 35 | Posted by: Keith and Michelle Martens

“My deepest condolences and prayers to family. Jack was trully one of the great ones, respected and inspired many of us. He left a lasting legacy. ”
8 of 35 | Posted by: Emil Beloglavec - Kalamazoo, MI

“My condolences to the entire Hagist family. I loved and admired Jack. He was a great leader, a good person and a friend. He hired me in at Kellogg...Read More »
9 of 35 | Posted by: Jeremy Burek - Seattle, WA

“I am so very saddened to hear Jack lost his battle--too young. There is no doubt Heaven gained an angel to watch over this family. Jack and I...Read More »
10 of 35 | Posted by: Diane Cummins - Concord, MI

“Jack was one of my favorite VPs at Kellogg. He was amazing leader with warm personality. My sincere condolences to his family. ”
11 of 35 | Posted by: Rashmi Redkar - Coworker

“Jack was a big guy and even at a young age he displayed a big heart. It was a pleasure to have ' bumped shoulders ' with him. Sympathy and respect...Read More »
12 of 35 | Posted by: Douglas Brown

“My deepest condolences and prayers. Your family and Jack is in my family’s prayers I have a lot of great memories working together with Jack...Read More »
13 of 35 | Posted by: Kevin - Coworker

“My deepest condolences and prayers. Your family and Jack is in my family’s prayers I have a lot of great memories working together with Jack...Read More »
14 of 35 | Posted by: Kevin Weaver - Coworker

“Very sad to learn Jack lost his stoic battle with cancer. He was one of a kind and will certainly be missed by his friends and family. I remember...Read More »
15 of 35 | Posted by: Mickey Harris - Zeeland, MI

“Jack was just one of those people who inspired and encouraged others.He ws a great support to Canada and the last time we spoke he told me to just...Read More »
16 of 35 | Posted by: Mette Weidinger - Mississauga

“Our deepest condolences go out to you and your family. A father is with us always first in his lifetime then forever in our memory. ”
17 of 35 | Posted by: Joan Longley Novak - Toronto

“My sincere condolences to the entire Hagist family on Jack's passing. I have many fond memories of working with Jack on numerous projects and...Read More »
18 of 35 | Posted by: David Carr - HENDERSONVILLE, TN

“Sue and Family,I was so sorry and sad to learn of Jack's passing. He was a great guy and good friend to so many. He always had a smile and was easy...Read More »
19 of 35 | Posted by: jEFFREY Shouldice - Battle Creek, MI

“So very sorry to hear of Jack's passing. Like so many others, Jack was a mentor and friend both at work and within the church at Pennfield...Read More »
20 of 35 | Posted by: DOUG GENO - Battle Creek, MI

“Megan,A father is always with you, guiding you, listening to you, laughing with you, celebrating with you, loving you. You're in our thoughts and...Read More »
21 of 35 | Posted by: Jason & Jennie Polinsky - CA

“Hi @Adams Hagist, Megan and, @Adams, Melinda,I am and my family is so so sorry to hear this news, our deepest sympathy, may the departed soul rest in...Read More »
22 of 35 | Posted by: Naveen Paul - Battle Creek, MI

“We are so sorry for your loss. We have many fond memories of Jack and the great man he was. Our hearts are heavy as we keep you in our thoughts. ”
23 of 35 | Posted by: Scott and Sheri Johnson - MI

“He was one of the great leader I had the pleasure of working with at Kellogg. He always had smiles and laughs. He was genuinely kind and truly...Read More »
24 of 35 | Posted by: Chaitali Shah - Schaumburg, IL

“Jack was one of my favorite VPs at Kellogg. He had a very warm personality, was very supportive and an effective leader. My sincere condolences to...Read More »
25 of 35 | Posted by: MaryBeth Hennessy - Oak Forest, IL

“This is definitely gutting. Jack was the straightest shooter you will ever meet. He always made time to say hello and see how you were doing. Great...Read More »
26 of 35 | Posted by: Dan Balitewicz - Lockport, IL

“Jack was a mentor and friend to me while we worked together at Kellogg's. He was a great leader and I will never forget him. I send my condolences...Read More »
27 of 35 | Posted by: Seth Parker - Grosse Ile, MI

“So sad to hear of Jack's passing. We went to high school. Jack was gregarious, fun-loving, happy, and full of life. He made friends easily. What a...Read More »
28 of 35 | Posted by: David Cowles - Havertown, PA

“Jack was a coworker and friend at Kellogg's. He was always willing to listen and provide support and help, mixed with a story or two. He was a...Read More »
29 of 35 | Posted by: Linda Burnham - Vicksburg, MI

“I was gutted to hear of Jack's passing. He was one of the finest people I had the pleasure of working with at Kellogg. He was a tremendous leader ....Read More »
30 of 35 | Posted by: Nancy Dark - DEWITT, MI

“I had a privilege to work with Jack for 3 years. He always had a smile, a laugh and he really helped me in my position. He is a great person and I am...Read More »
31 of 35 | Posted by: Lon Dore - Broussard, LA

“Where do I start! The memories are many, Jack was a mentor and great friend. I've been reminiscing about our many trips to Elmhurst and Oakbrook,...Read More »
32 of 35 | Posted by: Julie Sharpsteen - Mears, MI

“I am very sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He was my boss at Kellogg in the 90's and he had left a positive mark on my career and his guidance will...Read More »
33 of 35 | Posted by: Tina Douglass - Green bay, WI

“Jack was a good friend, a respected co-worker and, devoted to his family. He will be sorely missed but never forgotten. My condolences to the...Read More »
34 of 35 | Posted by: Brian Hart Hart - Battle Creek, MI

“Jack did so much for so many of us and I am Blessed to have shared part of my career with him. Truly a leader yet he let all of us become a friend. ...Read More »
35 of 35 | Posted by: Ken Jewell - Augusta, MI

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Jack A. Hagist, age 66, of Bellevue passed away peacefully at home on Monday morning, July 5, 2021. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on May 3, 1955 to Jack Emsley Hagist and Vincenza "Synne" Elizabeth (Volpe) Hagist. Jack grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1973 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School.

Once Jack completed his undergraduate degree at Central Michigan University, he bought his first house in Battle Creek, proposed to Sue Ellen Saye and they began building their lives together. The high school sweethearts were united in marriage in 1979. Though Jack once envisioned himself moving to the mountains and becoming a ski instructor, his love for Sue inspired him to stay local and begin putting down roots. They welcomed their first two of four kids while fixing up their starter home on Emmett Street. While pursuing his MBA at Western University, Jack and Sue were also building their new home, a cabin in the woods, in Bellevue and added two more to their growing family.

Jack was a hardworking Kellogg's employee for 38 years where he started as a Computer Programmer and advanced his way up to Vice President of Global Business Solutions before retiring in 2015. Jack will be fondly remembered as a straight-shooter, humble and accepting of all. Friends would describe him as "easy to know" and wise with a self-confidence and love that draws you in. His humor was contagious, and his "Jack-isms" will linger with us all and be passed down to future generations.

Surviving Jack are Sue, his beloved wife of 42 years; his mother, Synne Hagist; his children, Christopher (Kate) Hagist of Portage, Tyler Jack (Megan) Hagist of Battle Creek, Brianne (Adam) Mayhew of Kalamazoo, and Megan (Samuel) Weiser Novak of San Diego, CA; five beautiful grandchildren devoted to their "Grumpa"; and two brothers, Todd (Pam) Hagist of Battle Creek and Matt (Mary) Hagist of Fayetteville, North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his father, Jack E. Hagist.

Jack attended First Presbyterian Church, and served on the board of the Kellogg Community Credit Union. He loved being Up North on the bay surrounded by the ones he loved and his two pesky dachshunds, Lily and Lucy. Jack's family hopes you all think of him as you enjoy the warm lakes this summer season.

The family looks forward to celebrating Jack's life with you from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 11th at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. A Christian Funeral Service will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 12th at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek with Rev. Pat J. Weatherwax, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Charitable Union of Battle Creek. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Jack may be placed at