September 28, 1918 – November 4, 2013
Richard “Dick” Earl Hauser, 95, of Winona, Minn., died Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at Lake Winona Manor.
Richard was born Sept. 28, 1918, in White Bear Lake, Minn., to Albert and Josephine (Czapiewski) Hauser. He graduated from Winona Senior High School in 1937. Upon graduation, Dick became a manager of the Forrest Hills Country Club in Rockford, Ill., until 1943 when he entered the military. He always said, “Uncle Sam” supported him from 1943 to 1946 while he fought in WWII. He was awarded The Purple Heart by President Harry S. Truman after sustaining injuries from shrapnel. He retired as a Private First Class. During this time, his hobby was boxing and he became the 1938 Welter Weight Champion in the Golden Gloves Boxing League. He was proud of having the opportunity to fight at Madison Square Garden.
Upon leaving the service, Dick worked in the stained glass business, which was later known as Hauser Art Glass. In 1950, Dick became a salesman for Schenley Distillery of Minneapolis. He was promoted to regional sales manager and worked with Schenley for over 25 years before retiring. Dick and his son Rick then decided to go into business together and purchased Home Beverage on Huff Street. They enjoyed a partnership for 10 years. His final retirement was in 1987.
On June 25, 1942, Dick was united in marriage to Elaine R. Kinzie of Winona. They were married for almost 66 years. Dick was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Winona for many years. Dick and Elaine enjoyed taking trips to Las Vegas and local area casinos to play blackjack and take in all the shows. Neil Diamond and Wayne Newton were great favorites. Dick and Elaine also took immense joy in spending time with their family, especially their grandchildren who would stake claim that they had the best grandfather that ever existed. His pastimes also included cribbage, golf, and bringing laughter to his family and friends. Dick will be remembered as a kind and generous man who was always ready with a quick-witted joke, story, or song.
He is survived by his son, Rick (Jill) Hauser of Winona; three grandchildren, Kara (Jack) Nelsestuen, Sheena (Matt Williams) Hauser, and Blake Hauser; two great-grandchildren, Raegan Williams and Olivia Nelsestuen; nieces and nephews, Judy Simon, Michelle (Steve) Sitta, Melissa Simon, Ron (Sherry) Zeise, Jim (Hayden) Hauser, Mike (Sue) Hauser, Sue (Dick) Brang, Joanie (Greg) Kujak, Tom Hauser, Patricia (Jeff) Hauser, Bill Savage, Barb Savage, Nancy Savage, and Cynthia (Vinny) Savage.
Dick was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; a brother, James Hauser; and a sister, Lorraine Savage.
Our family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Reed and the Lake Winona Manor and Hospice staff for taking care of our loved one. Also, thanks to Judy Simon for all the support and love you gave to both Dick and Elaine.
Visitation will be at the Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home, on Thursday, November 7, 2013, from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., where Fr. James Berning will lead a Prayer Service at 3:30 p.m.
Dick will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery, where the American Legion Leon J. Wetzel Post 9 of Winona will provide full military honors.
The family prefers memorials to be directed to the Generosity Fund of Lake Winona Manor.
Online condolences or memories may be left for Dick’s family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com
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