Ray Benson Hager
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Ray Benson Hager
  • October 12, 1961 - January 10, 2016
  • Ashland, Illinois

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Ray Benson "Ben" Hager, 54, of Ashland, passed away on Sunday January 10, 2016 at Memorial Medical Center.
Ben was born on October 12, 1961 in Springfield to Richard "Dick" and Janet Burris Hager. He married Susie Petefish in Pleasant Plains in 1991, and she survives.


Ben is also survived by his daughter Lexi (companion Adam Leder) Hager and his son Alec Hager both of Ashland; one brother Rick (Alicia) Hager of Pleasant Plains, a large family of aunts, uncles, several nieces and nephews, one great-niece and two great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Scott Hager.


Mr. Hager began his work life at Illini bank, and then began his career at Memorial Medical Center, where he was the manager of respiratory therapy for over thirty years. Ben's passion was music and travel. He sang at many weddings, funerals, and events with his brother Rick, his daughter Lexi, and his wife Susie, and loved taking trips with his son Alec. Ben was a devoted father and wonderful provider to his two children, and always cherished spending time with his family.


A memorial service will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday January 14, 2016 at Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 Koke Mill Road. A private burial will take place at Ashland Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 11:00am until the time of service Thursday at Bisch West. Memorial contributions may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation and please visit the online "Life Remembered Story" at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com.