Obituaries

We send our condolences to all family and friends of Local 2-197 members and former members who have passed away recently. They will be missed.

Lynn G. Hague

( November 28, 2020 )

Hague, Lynn G.

Returned home to Jesus Saturday, November 28, 2020

Lynn Hague was born in Clarksville, TN on May 8, 1945.  His father was choir director and head of the music department at Austin Peay State Teacher’s College. Lynn began playing violin at age 8 when a violinist touring in a string quartet at Austin Peay presented him with a child-sized violin.  He graduated from Catonsville High School in suburban Baltimore where his mother taught Latin and French.  He went on to study at the Julliard School of Music and Peabody Conservatory with Dorothy DeLay, Berl Senofsky, and Karen Tuttle.  In 1967, he joined the United States Air Force Strolling Strings playing viola.  Highlights of his tour were the White House state dinner for Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia and the state dinner honoring the Apollo 11 astronauts. After stints with the Santa Fe Opera and the Denver Symphony Orchestra, he became a member of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra viola section where he worked for 37 years.  He gave many recitals, often playing the Bach Sonatas for unaccompanied violin, Paganini Caprices and ending with his own improvisations. Lynn particularly enjoyed performing in city churches under the auspices of the St. Louis Symphony Community Partnership program.  He loved to get the audience excited about classical music, encourage them to come to concerts at Powell Hall, and promote the benefits of a musical education for children.  After his retirement in 2010, it was his great joy to play string quartets with friends every Monday night.

In addition to making music, Lynn made hundreds of pen and ink drawings, wrote poetry and delighted friends and family with custom greeting cards.  His photographs document the beauty and joy of everyday life.  He was especially proud of his anthology of fables featuring the adventures of Snail and Snake. 

Lynn was an avid walker who continued to exercise after his Parkinson’s diagnosis. He took advantage of the many programs offered by the St. Louis American Parkinson Disease Association.  As a voluntary participant in three studies conducted by movement disorder researchers at Washington University, Lynn experienced the satisfaction of serving a greater purpose and the joy of making new friends.

Alcoholics Anonymous was central to his life.  The love and support of fellow alcoholics sustained him.  During Lynn’s 23 years in AA, he was always willing to share a story, prayer or advice, answer a call or drive to a friend in need.  Lynn’s involvement in AA has helped many people find a path to recovery.  His stories and lessons will continue to reach newcomers through his sponsees and friends in Alcoholics Anonymous.  

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Jayleen, his son William, brother-in-law Howard (Shu-in), niece Hannah, cousins and many friends.