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Robert W. Hague

April 6, 1926 January 5, 2020
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World War II Veteran, Master of Numbers, and Mentor to Many

Robert W. Hague, beloved husband and father, master of numbers, and mentor to so many, died on January 5th at a care facility in Novi, Michigan. He was 93 years old, and had a front-row seat to many world-shaping events.

Born in 1926 in Findlay, Ohio, Bob grew up seeing the struggles of the depression first hand. He lost his father at an early age. Even though poor, his mother worked hard to provide a full life for her two sons, bartering services so she could enroll them in lessons for piano, art, elocution, and even tap dancing. Early on, Bob realized he was a numbers guy and had little interest in these activities. He knew the value of work though...his first jobs included newspaper carrier, bowling pin setter, lifeguard, and switchboard operator.

Bob enlisted in the Army in 1944 and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a machine gunner on a 105mm Howitzer unit in the 274th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, achieving the rank of Technical Sergeant. Despite the urgings of young family members, he did not like to talk about his war experiences, and always minimized his Army accomplishments on his resume.

After the war he attended Wayne State University, graduating from the School of Business Administration in 1949 with a major in Accounting. He was an exceptional student, awarded the Alpha Kappa Psi Medallion for highest scholastic standing in the School of Business Administration. He remained active with WSU alumni and fundraising activities for the remainder of his life, grateful for his excellent education.

His career launched in 1948 with an auditing position at Ernst and Ernst. He rose to manage their Detroit office, but opportunity knocked in 1964 and he accepted a position as Controller at Federal-Mogul. He spent the majority of his career there, retiring in 1989 as Senior Vice President and CFO, with a seat on the Board of Directors. He travelled extensively in these years, and introduced his family to interesting souvenirs and customs from around the world. In the final years of his career he applied his skills to helping people meet their financial goals, working with Sigma Investment Counselors.

Throughout his career, Bob held leadership positions in numerous organizations, including the Wayne State Fund - earning the distinguished service and alumni awards, the Detroit Chapter of the Financial Executives Institute, the Better Business Bureau, and serving as Chairman of the Board at Select Care Health Care. He enjoyed mentoring and guiding young people in their careers or their personal finance. As a leader in business and in life, Bob maintained a steady set of core values built on honesty, accuracy, faith in God, and respect for all people.

But without a doubt Bob’s proudest achievement was his family, who he loved dearly. He took great delight in being the first person to introduce ice cream to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Married 3 times, Bob had a large and complex family with many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He and Marguerite Brauer Hague (deceased) had four children during their 36 year marriage: Vicki Hague-Kendall (Paul), Jon Hague (Suzanne), Tim Hague (Heather) and Philip Hague (Susan). Through his 21 year marriage to Joyce (LeRoy) Krause Hague (deceased) he added five more loving children - Nancy (Krause) Cotter, Jay D. Krause (Gladys), Robert Krause, Richard Krause (deceased), and Catherine (Krause) Franks.

The last 11 years were spent happily married to Sheila Medlow Hague, whose children and step-children added to and enriched his family; Johnny LoGiudice, Robin (LoGiudice) Medlow, William LoGiudice (deceased) (Carolyn), Carolyn (LoGiudice) Esquivel (Armando), Linda (Medlow) Comerford, Robert Medlow (Linda), Laura (Medlow) Ridgway, James Medlow.

His grandchildren include Elysia (Kendall) Sheehan, Anson Kendall, Emily Hague, Valerie Hague Reiss, Ron Sulewski, Haley Maczuga, Owen Tophan, Jackson Hague, Sophia Hague, Carolyn Cotter, Justin Cotter (deceased), Josephine Jones-Krause, Loana Ochoa Lazo, Oliver Krause, Meilan Krause, Jonathan Krause, Karly Krause, Amanda Franks, Emily Franks, Darren Franks, Jacob Logiudice, Joshua Logiudice (deceased), Brandon Medlow, Jaclyn Medlow, Garrett Logiudice, Gabriel Logiudice, Giovanni Esquivel, Amanda Esquivel, Sarah Prusinowski Gorski, Andrew Prusinowski, Meghan Prusinowski, Charles Medlow, Robert Medlow and Thomas Ridgway.

Bob’s great-grandchildren include Katie Sheehan, Emmett Sheehan, Paxton Kendall, Riley Maczuga, Isaac Medlow, Gabriel Medlow, James Ridgeway, and Joshua Ridgeway.

Bob was predeceased by his parents Robert Hague and Elsie Hague Stoiber, and his brother James Hague.

Sheila’s loving care and their adopted dog “Buddy” gave him great comfort in his final years.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held January 20th at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1800 West Maple Road, Birmingham, Michigan, with visitation at 2 PM and a memorial at 3 PM . Military honors and interment will be January 21 at 10:30 AM, at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan. Donations to the Alzheimer’s Association in lieu of flowers will be most appreciated.

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