Melvin A. Haugen
Wed, 11/18/2020 - 11:55am admin
Melvin A. Haugen, age 90 of Lemmon, passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at Five Counties Nursing Home in Lemmon, SD.
The Funeral Service for Melvin was held at 2:00 pm Sunday, November 15, 2020 at the Prince of Peace Chapel of the Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon with Pastor Florence Hoff, officiating. Cremation and a private family burial service will take place at a later date. Full military honors will be afforded by the Bratvett-Green American Legion Post #66 of Lemmon.
The funeral service was live streamed on the website www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com and viewing Melvin’s obituary.
Serving as Honorary Casketbearers are Melvin’s grandchildren, Ashley Sabin, Hunter Glur, Rebecca, Kristina, Zachary, and Daytona Haugen; and Melvin’s great grandchildren, Sage, Daisy, Rye, and Oak Sabin and Aiden Haugen.
Melvin Allen Haugen was born on August 15, 1930 to Otto Melvin and Bessie Mae (Houfstatter) Haugen near Pleasant Ridge, SD in north central Perkins County. He moved with his parents and one brother Edward to area farms they rented and finally to a farm in Flatcreek Township purchased by his father and mother in 1939.
Melvin was baptized and confirmed at Rosebud Church. He received his grade school education at South Liberty School in Liberty Township and the Adkins School in Flatcreek Township and graduated from Lemmon High School in 1949. Melvin spent time working at Hersrud’s Implement following high school and was called to serve his country on 16 November 1951 in the US Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. He attended boot camp at San Diego, CA, mechanic school at Camp Del Mar in California and was assigned to the Second Marine Division at Camp Lejune, NC as an amphibious tank diesel mechanic. Melvin was Honorably Discharged on 5 November 1953 and served in the Marine Reserve until the fall of 1959.
He returned to South Dakota and started working for Grand River Grazing in the early spring of 1954 and after the tragic death of his boss in the summer of 1955 was promoted to Project Manager. Melvin continued to manage the Grand River Grazing Grasslands until retirement in 1993 after nearly 40 years of dedicated service.
Following retirement Melvin continued working - welding, mechanicing, farming & driving truck delivering newspapers to numerous communities in Western North and South Dakota.
In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s he spent time as a Special Deputy Sheriff for Perkins County. He served many years on the White Butte School & Township Boards, Rosebud Church Board, and Rosebud, Pleasant Ridge & Scholaas Cemetery Board.
In the late 1970's Melvin and brother Edward purchased the family farm from their Mother and farmed through the mid 1980's.
Melvin was united in marriage to Loretta Jane Warne in Hettinger Lutheran Church, Hettinger, ND on December 19, 1959. Following their marriage, they lived in the White Butte area until 2014 when they moved into Lemmon. To this union were born three children, Nancy Dawn, Nadine Hope, and Austin Allen.
Keeping him in their fondest memories are his wife, Loretta; Lemmon, SD; two daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Ridge Baumeister, Lemmon, SD; Nadine and Doug Glur, Bismarck, ND; 6 grandchildren, Ashley Sabin, Hunter Glur, Rebecca, Kristina, Zachary and Daytona Haugen; 5 great grandchildren, Sage, Daisy, Rye, Oak Sabin and Aiden Haugen; a brother, Edward Haugen, Sturgis, SD; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son Austin Haugen.
Visitation will be on Saturday from 3:00 to 7:00pm; Sunday from 9:00am to 2:00pm at the Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. Cards may be sent to Loretta Haugen, 701 8th St W #302, Lemmon, SD 57638.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com