Richard Cleon Hauger, 83, of Linton, passed away peacefully at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, at Glenburn Home in Linton.
He was born March 25, 1926, in Shelburn, the son of Roscoe and Blanche (Pope) Hauger.
He was a member of the Linton First Christian Church. Immediately after graduating from high school in 1943, Richard enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served in World War II. After the war, he returned to Blue Island, Ill. to begin his working life as a brakeman with the Rock Island Line and later for the Grand Trunk Western Railroad.
He worked for a time as a dental technician making false dentures, and he and his children's mother, Nancy, together ran a commercial laundry business in Oak Lawn, Ill., for 28 years. Richard loved the outdoors and fishing.
He could make a mean pot of chili and loved drinking sweet tea in the summertime.
Survivors include five children, Ellen Ourada of Minneapolis, MN, David Hauger of Austin, TX, Timothy Hauger of Royal Palm Beach, FL, Melissa Shepherd of Knox, and Bart Hauger of Willits, CA, 14 grandchildren; a brother, Bernard Hauger of South Bend. He was twice married to Nancy Marco of Knox and Jean Swaby of Hendersonville, KY.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Margaret Dettman.
Dad, we all wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at Welch & Cornett Funeral Home in Linton, with burial at Fairview Cemetery.
Friends may call at 9 a.m. Monday until the hour of the service.
Online condolences can be made at www.welchcornett.com.