Rev. Rudy Hauck, 93

By Tribune - Posted on 14 October 2011

 Rev. Rudy Hauck of Spearfish, South Dakota, passed away peacefully in hospice care of Dorsett Home in Spearfish, South Dakota on Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 2:36 p.m.   He was 93 years, 10 months, and 19 days.            

Rudy, the youngest of six children was preceded in death by three brothers, Herbert, Helmuth, and John Hauck; two sisters, Edna Murray and Evelyn Kotas; one son, James; one granddaughter, Rachelle Hauck; one grandson, Daniel Forland; and one great-grandson, Canaan Hauck.
     Rudy is survived by his wife of 70 years, Marie of Spearfish;  five sons: Michael of Spearfish, SD; Robert and wife, Rita of Ft. Worth, TX;  Bonnie Santos widow of James of Denver, CO; Timothy and wife, Mona of Spearfish, SD; Ronald and wife, Julie of Sacramento, CA; William and wife, Suzy of Black Hawk, SD; one daughter, Kathleen Hauck Groom and husband, Tom Groom, of Parker, CO; 21  grandchildren: Erin Hauck Snell, Eric Hauck, Rosanne Hauck Leafblad, Ross Hauck, Rudy Hauck, Rindi Hauck,  Kristen Hauck Gullickson, Cali Hauck Terveen, Kaitlin Hauck, Kirk Hauck, Carissa Hauck, Caleb Hauck, Joshua Hauck, Scott Croff,  Stephanie Croff Erickson,  Karina Hauck Mueller, Kyle Hauck, Brittany Groom, Adam Groom, Kaelin Groom, and Molly Groom; 15 great-grandchildren: Jordan VanWinkle, Kayla Snell, Keane Hauck, Kaden Hauck, Arabelle Leafblad, Daniel Hauck, Benjamin Hauck, Lillian Hauck, Jordan Hauck, Davin Gullickson, Piers Gullickson, Nadia Forland, Jakoby Hanson, Cami Mueller, Caedmon Hauck; and a host of family and friends.   
     Rudy Hauck was born November 17, 1917 near Tyndall, SD on the farm which his father, Frederick Hauck, built from virgin prairie land purchased in 1913.  The farm is three miles north of where his grandfather, John Hauck,  and his  great uncle, Peter Hauck, homesteaded on June17,1876.  Rudy grew up on the home place and in 1941 met and married Marie Reidinger from Tyndall, SD. Rudy and Marie and their seven children lived on the farm until Rudy changed occupations in 1963 and was ordained a minister in the Wesleyan Methodist Church.   Prior to that, Rudy and Marie were members of the Dutch Reformed Church  in which Rudy was baptized as an infant.  Rudy and Marie were both involved in music in the church and he sang in the men’s quartet in that church until he was ordained a minister. Throughout their years of ministry Rudy and Marie sang together and filled both their churches and home with music. 
     Rudy began pastoring in the Avon, SD Wesleyan Methodist Church while continuing to farm.  In 1963, Rudy left the farm, eventually selling it to his cousin, Ray Hauck, and accepted a call to be the pastor of the Wesleyan Church in Terry, Montana, a pastorate he held until 1980.
 From 1980 to 1991 Rudy was on the ministerial staff of the Wesleyan Church in Watford City, ND and in 1992 finally retired to Spearfish, SD.        
     Rudy was a sought-after pastor, counselor and speaker in churches, schools, nursing homes and other organizations and was a favorite speaker at children camps and high school graduations, requested by the students. His charismatic personality and humor endeared him to many, but it was his faith and ministry that had the greatest impact and will be remembered and missed the most.            
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In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Oklahoma Wesleyan University, attention Development Department, 2201 Silver Lake Road, Bartlesville, OK 74006. Please note in memo that donation is in memory of Rudy Hauck. Online donations can also be made at On homepage go to Alumni, support OWU and donate.

Published Oct. 12, 2011



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