Erwin Oscar Hauf, 92, lifelong Max area farmer and resident, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, in a Garrison nursing home.
Erwin was born Jan. 4, 1921, at Max, the son of Christian and Helene (Henschel) Hauf. He was raised on the family farm near Max and educated at country schools in that area. During his younger years, Erwin assisted with the operation of the family farm.
He was united in marriage to Ethel Johnson on June 14, 1947, at Augustana Lutheran Church in Minot. They made their home on a farm in Poplar Township of McLean County for more than 38 years, where they also raised their four children. They retired from farming and moved into Max in 1985.
Erwin was a longtime member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Max and served as an elder of the church. He was also a member of the Poplar Township Board for several years, served on the board of directors for the Max rural fire district and was active with the Max Senior Citizens. He helped to organize the first Minot area Ostomy Chapter in 1972. Erwin's hobbies included hunting and fishing.
His loving family includes: wife of 65 years, Ethel; children, Timothy Hauf, Kingston, Wash., Thomas (Mary) Hauf, of Max, David (Dawn) Hauf, South Sioux City, Neb, Melinda (John) Thorson, Bottineau; grandchildren, Ryan (Genevieve) Hauf, Anthony Hauf, Lisa (Jerad) Lemer, Adam Hauf, Chad (April) Hauf and Kyle Thorson; great-grandchildren, Seth and Madyson Kostenko, Miranda and Megan Walsh, Natasha Roberts and Braydon Hauf; sisters, Anne Saldin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Selma Tighe, Brighton, Colo.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Erwin was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ella Whiting and Esther Koebernick; brothers, Otto, Paul and Robert Hauf; and stepgranddaughter, Stacy Roberts.
Funeral service: Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Max.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Friday, March 1, from 2 to 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com)