Representative Merle W. Hagedorn View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 2/17/1975
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 61 (1965) - 62 (1967)
House: 56 (1955)
57 (1957)
58 (1959)
59 (1961) - 60 (1963)
Home County: Clay
Merle W. Hagedorn
Clay County


MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character and public service of the late Honorable Merle W. Hagedorn, begs leave to submit the following memorial:

Merle W. Hagedorn was born March 14, 1911, on a farm near Royal, Iowa, the son of George Hagedorn and Clara Christensen. He graduated from high school in Rossie, Iowa, and attended Dana College.

On November 30, 1932, Mr. Hagedorn was married to G. Lucile Weik. They had three children: one son, Dean, and two daughters, Macel and Pauline.

Mr. Hagedorn’s lifetime occupation was that of a farmer and real estate broker. He was a former Lincoln Township Assessor, a former member of the Clay County Board of Education and former member of the Iowa District Board of the Lutheran Church. He was a lifetime member of the Royal Lutheran Church.

Mr. Hagedorn was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives from Clay County in 1954 and served during the Fifty-sixth, Fifty-seventh, Fifty-eight, Fifty-ninth and Sixtieth General Assemblies and was elected to the Iowa Senate in 1964 from Dickinson and Clay Counties and served in the Sixty-first General Assembly. In 1967, due to reapportionment of the Iowa Senate, he represented Buena Vista and Clay Counties in the Sixty-second General Assembly. He served as a Minority Floor Leader and as Assistant Majority Floor Leader in the House.

Mr. Hagedorn passed away on February 17, 1975, at the age of 63 years. He is survived by his wife, G. Luciel, one son, two daughters, his father, a brother and nine grandchildren.

Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Sixty-sixth General Assembly of Iowa: That in the passing of Merle W. Hagedorn, the state has lost an honored citizen, and a faithful and useful public servant, and the Senate by this resolution would express its appreciation of his service to his community, state, and nation and tender its sympathy and kindest regards to the members of his family.

Be It Further Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the Senate, and that the Secretary of the Senate be directed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.






The resolution was unanimously adopted.