Kenneth Haugen, 69, of Alexander, N.D., passed away Tuesday, Feb.5, 2013, at Essentia Health Center in Fargo, N.D. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alexander. Pastor Mark Kindem officiated and interment was held at the Alexander Cemetery.
Ken was born March 5, 1943, in Williston to Orville and Dorothy Haugen. He grew up on the family farm south of Alexander and graduated from Alexander High School in 1961. He then attended NDSCS, Wahpeton, for two years and graduated with a Diesel Mechanics degree in 1963. He was also a member of the N.D. National Guard during this time.
He married Louise Rolfsrud on June 12, 1964, in Watford City and they made their home in Fargo for five years where Ken worked for Butler Machinery. In 1969, they moved to the Haugen family farm near Alexander so Ken could continue the farming operation for his dad. After 42 wonderful years of marriage, Louise passed away in 2006.
Ken farmed for 44 years, just recently making the decision to retire. He loved farming, but harvest was by far his favorite and you could find him in the combine every fall, happy to be doing what he loved.
Ken loved to travel, especially to warm places in the winter. He took his entire family on a trip to the Turks and the Caicos last winter and it will be a trip they will cherish forever.
Ken was a longtime member of Highland Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran churches. He also participated in several pinochle clubs and the Alexander Lions Club. He really enjoyed the time spent with friends and family. He adored his children and grandchildren and loved cheering them on at their events.
He is survived by his three daughters, Deanne (Jeff) Dostal, Fargo, Melissa (Glenn) Grommesh, Casselton, Michele (Adam) Lovehaug, Fargo; seven grandchildren, Kayla and Brett Dostal, Gabrielle, Sydney and Kylie Grommesh, McKenna and Alexis Lovehaug; two sisters, Astrid Coats, Vancouver, Wash., Susan (Russ) Schumacher, Drayton, N.D.; one brother, Dan Haugen, Pembina, N.D.; special friend, Paulette Iverson, Billings, Mont.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and his brother-in-law, Keith Coats.
The Haugen family would prefer that memorial contributions be made to the Lewis & Clark Trail Museum, or to the Alexander First Responders, c/o the City of Alexander, PO Box 366, Alexander, ND 58831.
Friends may share memories and condolences with the family at www.fulkersons.com