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Hausauer remembered as kind, dedicated


Kenneth Hausauer is being remembered as a "wonderful and kind man" who was dedicated and hard-working.

Hausauer, the 84-year-old Bemidji man who was seriously injured Sept. 11 in a rollover accident involving an antique Shriners' truck, died Saturday at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul with his wife, son and grandson by his side. According to his CaringBridge site, he began to experience multiple organ failure last week.

A member of the Headwaters Shrine Club and the Bemidji Lions Club, Hausauer was a dedicated member of the community, people who knew him said.

"Ken was a very dedicated Shriner," said Denny Depew, president of the Shrine Club. "He would always be willing to volunteer and help."

"He's the kind of guy who would come out to anything," said Dave Wold, secretary-treasurer of the Shrine Club. "He was always willing to support the club in any way."

"He was a good man," said Adren "Ade" Mann, who was part of the Shriners with Hausauer for "quite a few years."

"He kind of helped us get started with the little cars in the parade," Mann said. "Also he ended up taking care of our big fire truck that needed repairs constantly. He kind of took that on himself."

The Rev. John Roberts, pastor of the United Methodist Church, had been Hausauer's pastor only since July, so he didn't know him well, but he said Hausauer and his wife, Ruby, were wonderful people.

"My experience with Ken was that he was a wonderful and very kind man who wanted to get to know me, and my wife, as the new pastor in the community," Roberts said.

Hausauer was born Jan. 27, 1925, to Jacob and Jessie (Rutherford) Hausauer in Page, N.D. The family later moved to Remer, where he attended grade school, and in 1943 moved to Brainerd, where he graduated from high school that same year.

He served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater from November 1943 to April 1946 and was honorably discharged as a master sergeant.

He attended college in St. Cloud and Boulder, Colo., graduating in 1951, and started a career in sales. In 1965, he moved to Duluth, where he became a teacher and later moved into administration at the Duluth Vocational Institute.

He married Ruby Quirk on Aug. 12, 1967, and they adopted his nephew, Robert. They moved in 1975 to Bemidji, where he was the director of the Bemidji Vocational Institute. He retired in 1984 and spent winters in Arizona, San Diego and Bradenton, Fla.

He was active in the Lions Club and the Headwaters Shrine Club, where he received his 50-year pin in the Masonic organization. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Brainerd, Duluth and Bemidji and was an associate member in Bradenton. He enjoyed fishing and spending free time on Lake of the Woods in a houseboat he built.

He is survived by his wife; his son, Robert, of Duluth; two grandchildren, Jacob of Minneapolis and Jessica of Ocala, Fla.; and a brother, Glenn, of Oklahoma.

His funeral is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church, with Roberts officiating. Visitation will be held from 6-7 p.m. Friday, with a Masonic service at 7 p.m., at Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji, and one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Saturday. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. in Evergreen Cemetery, located at 1105 Third Ave. N.W. in Brainerd.

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