James A. “Zip” Hagsten, 62, lifelong resident of Keewatin died Friday, August 19, 2022 at home with family by his side. He was born January 17, 1960 to Harry A. and Jean M. (Kavcich) In Hibbing. After high school, James attended one year of Junior College. He later was employed with Keetac as a welder retiring in 2018 after 40 plus years of service. He was a past member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Keewatin. He was a proud member of Sons of the Legion as well. James was involved with boy scouts in his youth, eventually becoming an Eagle Scout. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and squatching with Lenny.
James is survived by his wife, Shellie “Sofe” Hagsten, Keewatin, step-son, Mike (Sarah) Pistilli, Keewatin, his beloved grandson, Lenny, four siblings, Debbie (Joel) Clusiau, Keewatin, Mark (Anne) Hagsten, Hibbing, Laura (Steve) Emanuel, Keewatin, and Jane (Joe) Mayerle, Nashwauk, MN, 11 nieces, nephews, 9 great-nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Jean.
A gathering of family and friends for James will be held from 3-7 pm, Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at the Keewatin Community Center in Keewatin. A private graveside service for James will be held at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Hibbing, MN. Deacon Richard Johnston will officiate. Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing.