John S. Hager dies at 86

Was president of WBKR/WOMI, publisher of Messenger-Inquirer

John S. Hager, former president of Owensboro Broadcasting Co. (which owned radio stations WOMI and WBKR for many years) and third-generation publisher of the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, died Thursday after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease.

He was 86.

Hager and his brother, Larry, who survives, sold the radio stations in the early 1990s and the newspaper in 1996.

A champion of the Owensboro community, Hager was instrumental in a number of charitable causes and also helped to establish what is now Owensboro Community and Technical College.

In addition to his brother, Hager is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marjorie; four children and eight grandchildren.

Services for John S. Hager will be held at 11 a.m. CT Monday at the Settle Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 E. 4th Street in Owensboro. Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. CT Sunday at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, 900 Old Hartford Rd., Owensboro, and from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the church.  Private interment will be in Rosehill Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Goodfellows Club, 401 Frederica Street, B-203, Owensboro, Ky. 42301 or First Christian Church, 725 Daviess Street, Owensboro, Ky. 42303.


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