George Hauk, age 86 of Quinn, S.D., died Saturday, December 18, 2010, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
George Edmond Hauk was born November 13, 1924, in Pedro, S.D., the son of Frank and Joy (Keve) Hauk. He was raised near Grindstone and attended Lincoln Elementary School just west of his home. He graduated from Philip High School in 1942 and worked on his parents' place.
George married Peggy Clark June 3, 1950, and they made their home of 60 years near Grindstone where George was raised. Those 60 years were spent loving each other and pestering the heck out of each other.
A life-long lover of the land and an ardent conservationist, he took great pride in practicing soil and moisture conservation. He won the G.S.D.A. award for his efforts. In addition, he was one of the first in the area to fence his dams and encourage the Greater Canadian Geese restoration program. Nothing but his boys made him happier than watching the geese fly in.
In 1946, he took the train to Ponca City, Okla., where Piper Cubs were manufactured, and then he flew his own plane home. George was a member of the FHA board and served on the school board at the time Haakon County consolidated its schools. He was a founding member and Trustee of the National Mutual Benefit Branch 85. George was also a 50 year member of the Masons and Past Grand Master of the Crescent Lodge of Wall.
He spent his life being a wonderful father to his four sons, David, Doug, Dan, and Duane. Always patient, he was a teacher and mentor to his nieces and nephews and the neighborhood children as well as his children and grandchildren. Many children learned to drive, bale, mow and hunt and fish at his kind and friendly direction. His ability to do carpentry, plumbing, lay block and work with electricity made him a handy man to have on any project.
George's hobbies included fishing, working on projects in the shop, and watching his children and grandchildren play ball.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy; his children, David Hauk of Miles City, Mont., Doug (Fay) Hauk of Philip, Dan (Cindy) Hauk of Wall, and Duane (J'Nai) Hauk of Quinn. He is also survived by these grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Mike (Tracy) Hauk and children, Jaxon and Jhett; Lisa (J.D.) Wendt and their children, Jaelyn and Macey; Tyler Hauk, Brennan Hauk, and Rachelle Hauk (Casey Elshere) and their daughter, Ashlynn; Amy (Tim) Pyle and Dana (Micheal) Luedeman and their daughter, MiKaylee Joy; and Allen and Jordan Hauk; his siblings, Jean Burns (Howard Pihlaja) of Philip, Max and Nancy Hauk of Wall, and Mary Joy Hauk of Ft. Collins, Colo.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
George was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Joy.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 23, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Pat Linger officiating.
Music will be provided by Paige Cordes, vocalist. Ushers are Marvin Coleman, Bill Thorson, Herb Sieler and Rod Knutson. Pallbearers are Tyler Hauk, Brennan Hauk, Lisa Wendt, Michael Hauk, Amy Pyle, Rachelle Hauk, Dana Luedeman, Allen Hauk and Jordan Hauk.
Interment with Masonic rites will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.
A memorial is established.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com