Mr. Jack A. Hagist

  • Born: May 3, 1955
  • Died: July 5, 2021
  • Location: Bellevue, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

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


Condolence & Memory Journal

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. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by Richard Bokhart - Midgic - Friend   August 01, 2021

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 for many projects, implementations, travels, etc. He was a great leader but most important he was a great person and I'm grateful that had the opportunity to work with him.

Posted by Ricardo Barron - kalamazoo, MI - Coworker   July 21, 2021

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 and a blessing to know him. Keeping Jack and your family in my prayers.

Posted by Letty Othon - Romeoville, IL - Coworker   July 19, 2021

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.

Like so many others, I feel blessed to have worked with him at Kellogg's. He was a natural leader and, along with his bigger-than-life personality and booming voice, came a kind and caring nature. I always appreciated his candor and honesty, as well as his jokes. I can still hear him saying "It is what it is" - one of my favorites among many from Jack.

You are missed, my friend - hopefully, our paths will cross again some day. Until then I will cherish all the memories.

Posted by Wes Witek - Mount Prospect, IL - Coworker   July 14, 2021

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 inspiration. I'm sure he will be missed.

Posted by Ruth Heyn - Nashville, MI   July 14, 2021

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 and strengthen you as you find peace

Posted by Cathy Tyjewski - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   July 13, 2021

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.

Posted by Keith and Michelle Martens    July 11, 2021

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.

Posted by Emil Beloglavec - Kalamazoo, MI - Coworker   July 11, 2021

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 and I reported to him almost the entire time. Shedding some very real tears today from Seattle. The world lost a good human being. So many similar stories from those that knew him. He will be remembered fondly by many. Rest In Peace Jack.

Posted by Jeremy Burek - Seattle, WA - Friend   July 09, 2021

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 started @Kellogg's the same day and I had met Sue prior to that when I interned in the Graphics Dept. during high school. Then both our kids were part of the Pennfield family. Please know my heart aches for you all along with sending prayers for comfort.

Posted by Diane Cummins - Concord, MI - Family Friend   July 09, 2021

Jack was one of my favorite VPs at Kellogg. He was amazing leader with warm personality. My sincere condolences to his family.

Posted by Rashmi Redkar - Coworker   July 09, 2021

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 to Sue and family. Doug - school and teammate

Posted by Douglas Brown    July 09, 2021

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 during my times at Kellogg’s. He was one of the great ones!

Posted by Kevin - Coworker   July 08, 2021

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 during my times at Kellogg’s. He was one of the great ones!

Posted by Kevin Weaver - Coworker   July 08, 2021

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 conversations in passing when we were both working at Kellogg Company headquarters. We talked about the current state of affairs at Kellogg's and how many more years to retirement. His retirement was cut way too short. I can still hear his deep voice and the way he chuckled with amusement. I also remember times with the youth group at your beautiful log house in the country. My heart goes out to Sue, the kids and grandkids as you mourn his loss but remember his love and kindness.

Posted by Mickey Harris - Zeeland, MI - Friend   July 08, 2021

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 hang in there and things would work out.
I hung in there and things worked out.
My heart is with you all and I will celebrate him and all the great things he did while he was here.

Posted by Mette Weidinger - Mississauga - Coworker   July 08, 2021

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.

Posted by Joan Longley Novak - Toronto - Family   July 08, 2021

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 traveling to Kellogg locations around the world. Jack was devoted to his family, hardworking, an honest and caring friend who was always willing to share his experiences.

Posted by David Carr - HENDERSONVILLE, TN - Coworker   July 08, 2021

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 and fun to be with. The class of 73 has lost one of the best. I know we will meet again.
Barb and I send our most heart felt condolences to you and your family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by jEFFREY Shouldice - Battle Creek, MI - Classmate   July 08, 2021

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 Presbyterian.

One of my favorite memories of Jack is sitting in his office and debating if the best Battle Creek Central Football team of all time, could beat the best Pennfield Football team of all time. :)

He will be greatly missed by all and we are all better people in this world for having him in our lives and knowing him. Until we meet again my friend...

Posted by DOUG GENO - Battle Creek, MI - Coworker   July 08, 2021


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 hearts.
Sending our love,

Posted by Jason & Jennie Polinsky - San Diego, CA - Family Friend   July 08, 2021


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 peace, OM Shanti, Om Shanti, Om Shanti,

Almighty give you and your family enough strength to get through this tough time, me and my family prayers for you and the Hagist family.

I will be there to pay my respect on both days. Be strong and pillar of strength for yourself and the Hagist family,

Please do let me know if I can be of any help.

Posted by Naveen Paul - Battle Creek, MI - Coworker   July 07, 2021

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.

Posted by Scott and Sheri Johnson - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   July 07, 2021

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 caring towards everyone. I am Blessed to have shared part of my career with him. My heartfelt condolences to the family.

Posted by Chaitali Shah - Schaumburg, IL - Coworker   July 07, 2021

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 his family.

Posted by MaryBeth Hennessy - Oak Forest, IL - Coworker   July 07, 2021

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 story teller and keeper so much Kellogg IT knowledge. God speed, we lost a good one.

Posted by Dan Balitewicz - Lockport, IL - Coworker   July 07, 2021

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 to his family.

Posted by Seth Parker - Grosse Ile, MI - Coworker   July 07, 2021

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 great smile.
Prayers and blessings for Jack and his family, in this difficult time.

Posted by David Cowles - Havertown, PA - Classmate   July 07, 2021

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 genuinely kind and caring man who will be missed. My heart goes out to you and I know you will find comfort when you remember his amazing life.

Posted by Linda Burnham - Vicksburg, MI - Coworker   July 07, 2021

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 ... and just so very kind. He loved talking about his family, especially his love for his grand children. I am so sorry; my heart goes out to your family.

Posted by Nancy Dark - DEWITT, MI - Coworker   July 06, 2021

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 so sorry for your loss. What a man!!

Posted by Lon Dore - Broussard, LA - Coworker   July 06, 2021

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, it was all work but along with the work were many long car rides and evening dinners, Jack always made it fun and interesting! For several years, Jack's office was close to mine, we had many heartfelt talks. For a time TJ worked for me, (he was so proud of you)!
I will miss you my dear friend.until we meet again. ❤

Posted by Julie Sharpsteen - Mears, MI - Coworker   July 06, 2021

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 forever be appreciated

Posted by Tina Douglass - Green bay, WI - Coworker   July 06, 2021

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 entire Hagist family for your loss.

Posted by Brian Hart Hart - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   July 06, 2021

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. It was his nature - funny yet serious - smart yet willing to listen. Caring, very caring. Not just with peoples career, but with their lives. He helped me in so many ways - so many times - and for this - I am forever thankful and Blessed to have had the honor in being able to call him Boss, but more importantly FREIND.

Posted by Ken Jewell - Augusta, MI - Coworker   July 06, 2021