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In Memory

Hagen Gauss

Hagen Gauss
October 17, 1940 - January 14, 2017

Hagen Gauss, 76, passed away after a lengthy illness on Jan. 14, 2017, in Eagle River, Alaska, near his hometown of Anchorage, Alaska. Hagen was born on Oct. 17, 1940. He is survived by his mother, Anna Gauss; sister, Nordhild Gauss; brother, Gunther Eric Gauss; and spouse, Karin.

Hagen loved to live the adventurous life and took full advantage of it. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Hagen will be buried at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery in Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska, with full military honors on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at 1 p.m.

Arrangements are with Janssen's Eagle River Funeral Home


Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Jan. 18, 2017


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01/19/17 09:02 AM #1    

Karen Anderson

Worked with Hagen for many years. He was by far the best mechanic I ever had the pleasure to work with. What an intelligent man. You will be missed. You left a legacy of technicians you trained over the years.

01/19/17 02:13 PM #2    

Douglas Gray

Hagen lived across the street from me in Anc. We commuted to PS01 for many years. Good friend, Person, and Machinest/Mech.

01/19/17 11:14 PM #3    

Paula Moran (Youell)

I worked with Hagen when he was assigned to PS1. He was working to get his Tech Level 6 and I was impressed with a paper he wrote on bringing a mainline pump and turbine online after maintenance. He was kind of a serious fellow and so when he laughed, it was a pleasure to hear. 

01/20/17 10:12 AM #4    

John Hobson

Hagen was working at the "AMF" when I started and I got to work with him on many projects. He was an excellent mechanic and machinist and was a great guy to work with!

01/20/17 05:38 PM #5    

Larry Motschenbacher

Hagen Gauss on Flattop Mountain, Anchorage, AlaskaI found this photo of Hagen after he hiked up Flattop Mountain (behind Anchorage) on an old website of his.

In addition, I found a book written about Hagen by Douglas Anderson, a friend of his, on Amazon.com: "My Adventurous Friend: A Lifetime of Choices and Outdoor Alaska".  You can preview it by clicking on the photo of the book in the upper left corner of this page.

01/21/17 06:12 PM #6    

Mike Smulski

It was Hagen and others like him that enabled us to do what we did in the mid 1980's - over 2 million barrels per day at times. These were great people with integrity and a strong work ethic. It was my privilidge to have worked with them.

01/22/17 03:48 AM #7    

Larry Shelton

Two thoughts immediately come to mind with regard to Hagen.  One is the memory of an impromptu minute seminar on the metallurgy of steel that proved useful for the rest of my career.  The other is that Hagen epitomized an expression we often used in the Field: If he couldn't fix it, it wasn't broken.  

01/23/17 06:42 PM #8    

Joy Fearn (Crafton)

Hagen was a wonderful person to work with.  I can remember listening in awe as he explained things to me when we worked together at PS1.  I have often wondered about him throughout the years.  I never knew then that he was a veteran.  I attended his service today to give him the final salute he deserved, one vet to another. There was nobody there except 3 family members and a color guard.  Thank you Hagen for the wonderful memories...rest in peace.

01/26/17 01:57 PM #9    

Larry Motschenbacher

This eulogy, written by Hagen's brother, Gunther Eric Gauss, was forwarded to me to share.

Click here to read it:  Eulogy


03/30/17 09:31 PM #10    

John Hanson

Reminiscing  about conversations with Hagen

As a  young boy that survived WW2 living in Germany, one of his early memories were no trees, it seems the trees were used for heat, and it was many years before the forests came back.

While in school Hagen wished to go to university, however it was determined that Hagen did not have the aptitude for university, and was unable to attend in Germany (he was to be a tool maker). To solve that problem, he moved to the states, joined the United States Army, took full advantage of the GI bill, and continued to attend college well into his sixties.

Never ask Hagen investment advice.

I think Hagen went in to convulsions the first time he touched a laser alignment tool.

While working together at AMF I learned more than any instrument tech should be allowed to know about right angle gear boxes.

Last time we met I was going south, he was going north, and we promised to get together soon.

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