Clarence C. “Chuck” Hausauer, 84, a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 7, 2005, at his home with his family at his side.
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A private family graveside service for Mr. Hausauer will be Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Nathaniel Neff of Apostolic Lighthouse will officiate.
Chuck was born Oct. 8, 1920, at Drake, N.D., to Jacob and Hulda (Sonnenberg) Hausauer. He was raised in North Dakota until the age of 14 when his family moved to Astoria. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1942 until 1945. In his early years he drove log truck and then went to work in construction. He married Rachel Irvin in March 1947 at Astoria. They moved to Eastern Oregon in 1957 to work on the Brownlee Dam. He then went to work for Clubb Brothers and in the late 1960s he opened Chuck’s Appliance Repair. He worked in his own shop until he retired in 1998.
Chuck was a musician and played guitar and bass. He played at various clubs in a three- or four-piece band. He was instrumental in starting the Rhythm Kings and played at the Veterans, Eagles and Elks clubs. After the band split up, he played at the Senior Center in the Buddy Band. He and Rachel enjoyed traveling and they visited most of the United States except the East Coast. They also visited Paris and went on a Mediterranean cruise. He loved hunting and fishing and enjoyed camping with friends and family, bowling and spending his mornings with his friends at the office.
He was a loving husband, father and friend and will be greatly missed
Chuck is survived by his wife, Rachel Hausauer, and his daughter, Judy L. Hausauer, both of Baker City; his son, Michael M. Hausauer of Townsend, Mont.; granddaughters, Candice Hausauer of Lebanon and Mellisa Thirsk and her husband, Don, of Bozeman, Mont.; a special niece, Diane Rodden of San Bruno, Calif.; nephews, Richard Zachman of San Ramon, Calif., and Myles Zachman of Clear Lake Park, Calif.; and numerous nieces and cousins in Minnesota. Rachel and her family would like to say thank you to Doug and Sue Spade for being good neighbors and special friends over the last several years.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Vern Hausauer; and his grandson, Michael Hausauer.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make contributions in Mr. Hausauer’s memory may direct them to MSTI or Guardian Hospice, in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, February 11, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor