Philip A. Hageman

Philip A. Hageman

May 19, 1991 – December 12, 2021

Philip Hageman, age 30, died suddenly and unexpectedly on December 12, 2021, in Chicago.  Phil was the son of Tom and Vicki Hageman.  In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Mark; and his sisters, Clara and Naomi.  He was preceded in death by grandparents, Philip and Myrtle Mattern and Emerson and Mary Hageman.

The Family requests masks.  VISITATION: Monday, December 20th from 5pm to 7pm at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 6117 Dodge St., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: be Tuesday, December 21st at 10:30am at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church.  Interment: Calvary Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Margaret Mary School or the Omaha Community Bike Project.  Alternatively, choose to celebrate Phil’s legacy as an avid runner, bicyclist, and encourager of exercise by taking a walk, run, or bike in his honor.

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Philip Hageman, age 30, died suddenly and unexpectedly on December 12th in Chicago. Phil was the son of Tom and Vicki Hageman. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother Mark, and sisters Clara and Naomi.  He was preceded in death by grandparents Philip and Myrtle Mattern and Emerson and Mary Hageman.

He attended elementary school at St. Margaret Mary’s, right down the street from where he grew up. At Creighton Prep, he developed a passion for learning as well as a love for running after joining the school’s cross country and track teams. Throughout his college experience at Rockhurst University, he developed what would become a close community of lifelong friends. He went on to obtain his doctorate in physical therapy at Creighton University. Phil opted to do further physical therapy training with the hope and goal of becoming a teacher and mentor for physical therapy students. He completed a residency in orthopedics at University of Montana, then going on to complete an additional orthopedics fellowship at Northwestern University.

Phil was employed as a physical therapy specialist at University of Illinois in Chicago, where he had the opportunity to be a clinical instructor and teach students of physical therapy as well as develop meaningful relationships with patients and colleagues. They remember him for his wonderful teaching and dedication to his patients, as well as his ability to patiently and positively motivate even the most challenging patients. He shared often how much he loved his job and the work of getting people back to the activities they enjoyed doing. 

He had many hobbies and interests, including a great love for running and bicycling. He frequently wrote to the local newspaper as an advocate for more bike lanes and public transportation. He was an active member of a Chicago exercise group and had just joined a local rock climbing gym. He also enjoyed baking and trying new recipes, including venturing into the pandemic sourdough craze. He never started the day without multiple cups of coffee, and he enjoyed trying new coffee shops in Chicago. He loved spending his free time reading non-fiction books and teaching himself how to play guitar.  

Throughout his life, Phil maintained a curiosity for understanding how things worked, and like his grandfathers, had a seemingly natural ability to fix things.  Phil will be greatly missed as a son, brother, and friend to all he met. 



  • Nicholas Traxler and Murilo Alves Zacareli Posted December 17, 2021 9:05 am

    Sending prayers from our family to yours. May you feel Phil’s spirit all around you in all the days to come.

  • Lori Luckert Jasperson Posted December 17, 2021 1:43 pm

    Vicki, sending you hugs and hope. I am so sorry for your families loss. Prayers, Lori Luckert Jasperson

  • Philip Bennett Posted December 17, 2021 5:54 pm

    Sending love to the Hageman family. I took a long run today and about midway through came upon an cardinal (the third time this week this has happened, which is very unusual). It followed me for about a block, and I’m convinced it was Phil cheering me on.

  • Andrew Kurz Posted December 17, 2021 6:05 pm

    My deepest condolences. Sending prayers to your family for God’s comfort and peace.

  • Emily Grimm Posted December 18, 2021 6:50 am

    Praying for you and your family during this most difficult time. His love of fitness, serving heart, and wonderful smile will live in our hearts. May you be wrapped in Gods arms in the days and weeks ahead.

  • Mason Anthony Posted December 18, 2021 11:39 am

    My deepest condolences for the Hageman family. Phil was one of a kind. Thinking of your family during this time.

  • Steven Mattern Posted December 18, 2021 4:26 pm

    Tom and Vicki, my heart goes out to you both and the rest of your family. May God give you peace and comfort at this time of grief and heartbreak. I will definitely do a memorial bike ride in his honor as soon as the weather allows. Blessings!

  • Craig Hensley Posted December 19, 2021 3:41 pm

    Phil was a wonderful student, fantastic physical therapist, but most importantly, a great person. Sending my thoughts and prayers to everyone

  • Hillary Schoettler Posted December 19, 2021 6:50 pm

    Dear Mark and Hageman family,
    My deepest condolences during this difficult time. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. May you be comforted by the memories of Phil during this Christmas season.
    Hillary (Hendricks) Schoettler

  • Hillary (Hendricks) Schoettler Posted December 19, 2021 7:01 pm

    Dear Mark and Hageman Family,
    My deepest condolences during this difficult time. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. May you be comforted by the memories of Phil during this Christmas season.
    Hillary (Hendricks) Schoettler

  • Ken Thompson Posted December 20, 2021 9:40 am

    Condolences for the Hageman family. Phil was a fine guy, and we enjoyed his year here in Missoula, Montana, in the University of Montana Physical Therapy Clinic. His enthusiasm, interest and attention to his patients was welcome and appreciated. We send our sympathies. He was and will be missed terribly.

  • Ken Zugay Posted December 20, 2021 3:54 pm

    Tom and Vicki – My condolences to you, the rest of the Hagman family, and his friends. As a member of the November Project – Chicago workout group I could tell Phil was a hard worker, but more important, a good kid and well loved. With two boys of my own approximately Phil’s age, my heart goes out to you.

  • Hannah Alsbach Posted December 20, 2021 4:17 pm

    My deepest condolences to your family. Phil Hageman (I always called him by first and last name as he always did me) is a fixture of many of my best college memories. He was truly the kindest, most genuine guy. My prayers will be with you and I will think of Phil often.

  • Jennifer Stenger Posted December 20, 2021 6:35 pm

    My heart is so heavy for the Hageman family and all who knew Phil, such an amazing person. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Phil for the past 4 years. I didn’t hesitate to go to him when I had my own neck pain that needed addressing; when my students wanted to learn some PT techniques; and Phil always said things like, “mmm this is good. What’s in it?” when we had potlucks and he tried whatever I brought. His work family certainly knew his love for food and treats. Such a loss resulting in many ripples across many miles and relationships. But what a blessing to have known Phil even if for a short amount of time. His legacy will live on. With deepest sympathy, Jenn Stenger

  • Braden and Deanna Swanson Posted December 20, 2021 6:41 pm

    Dear Hageman family, our hearts go out to you all with Phil’s passing. Phil entered into our lives August 2014 starting PT school at Creighton. He quickly became a great friend to both of us. He was genuine and fun-loving and we were always smiling and laughing when with him. Almost every trip back to Chicago to see Deanna’s family, we would try to see Phil and catch up. It was always an enjoyable evening reminiscing, talking about our lives, and contemplating on our futures. Phil made such an impact in our lives and we miss him greatly. Your family is on our prayers during this difficult time.

  • Erin O’Donnell Posted December 20, 2021 6:56 pm

    My deepest condolences to the Hageman family. I know that I speak for many when I say that Phil’s guidance as a teacher shaped the way that I treat patients. He was incredibly kind and encouraging. He will be greatly missed.

  • Anna (Sullivan) Baier Posted December 21, 2021 11:29 am

    Prayers for your whole family. Many college memories with him-all around great guy and friend.

  • Megan Jones Posted December 21, 2021 12:57 pm

    Sending love and prayers to your family at this time. I say Phil all the time on campus at Rockhurst and he was always laughing, smiling, and having fun! We all have such great memories of him. 🙂 He will be very missed.

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