Richard D. Hauer

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Richard D. Hauer, 83, of Murdock, died Friday, December 20th at Gabriel House in Murdock. His Celebration of Life Service will be from 1-7:00 pm, Friday December 27th with a Memorial Service starting at 1:30 pm, at McKinney’s in Benson. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.


Richard Dwane Hauer was born June 23, 1936, the youngest son of Edwin and Thelma (Harding) Hauer.  He grew up on the family farm, and attended school through the eighth grade.  With his brothers in the service, and his father ill, Richard did the farming.  Richard was united in marriage to Donnice Oslund on the eighth day of November, 1958.  To this union, five children were born.  Richard was a life-long farmer, buying the family farm, then selling and buying a larger farm south of Starbuck.  They later divorced and sold the farm.  Richard moved to Murdock where he worked at the Fertilizer Plant.  He remarried in 1996 to Susan Magnuson Medalen.


In 1997, he bought a John Deere combine and started custom work.  He also did custom lawn mowing during the summer, keeping him quite busy.  During the winters, he would work on tractors, both his own and those of his customers. 


He especially enjoyed working on tractors, and claimed during his lifetime, he owned 400 tractors, buying, fixing and selling them.  He said he never got too attached to any one, but his MD Farmall was close to his favorite.  He worked on a 560 International tractor all last winter expecting it to be an exciting summer filled with tractor pulling and trophies, but that was not to be.  He did take part in a few, but not enough, partly because of the weather, and partly because of his health.  He was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma four years ago, but in June of this year, two more masses were found, and he was put on Hospice.  Richard was called from this life on Friday, December 20, 2019.  He attained the age of 83 years, 5 months and 27 days. 

Richard is survived by his wife, Sue; children, Rick (Diane) Hauer of Starbuck, Renee (Pat) Cannon of Benson, Rodney (Connie) Hauer of Sartell, Rolinda Sanders of Hancock, Rolee (Tim) Petersen of Melrose, Jason (Steph) Medalen of Kerkhoven, and Sara (Michael) Moen of Lowry;   18 grandchildren;  9 great grandchildren; sister Betty Garberich of Hutchinson; several nieces and nephews; and many tractor friends.


Preceding him in death were his parents; his brothers:  Roger (Phyllis) Hauer; LeRoy (Doreen) Hauer; Oliver (Phyllis) Hauer; sister, Sarah (Earl) Garberich, and brother-in-law, Donnie Garberich.

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