Rudolph “Rudy” Haukebo, 93, of Battle Lake

Published 9:14am Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Updated 11:16am Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Rudolph Haukebo, died Thursday, March 14, 2013, at the Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls.0320.obit.Haukebo

Rudolph Haukebo was born on Sept. 14, 1919, in Sverdrup Township in rural Battle Lake, the son of Thomas and Louise (Larson) Haukebo.

He was baptized and confirmed in the Rindal Lutheran Church. Rudy attended Rural School District 270 in Everts Township then continued his education with the Battle Lake High School graduating in 1939. After graduation, he worked for his good friend, Carl Peterson, at his farm on Christina Lake until entering the service.

He was a member of the U.S. Army serving from Feb. 3, 1942 to Oct. 7, 1945, first stationed in Hawaii then served in the South Pacific during World War II.

Rudy and Shirley Evenson were married in 1947 in the First Lutheran Church in Battle Lake, Minnesota.

To this union three sons were born, Jeff, Craig and Kevin. They later divorced.

He was employed as a farm implement salesman for the Ford Garage in Fergus Falls.

In 1955, Rudy started a State Farm Insurance office in Battle Lake, operating this agency until his retirement on May 31, 1988.

He was a member of First Lutheran Church, Battle Lake Lions Club, Sons of Norway, American Legion, VFW and had served on the Battle Lake City Council.

Rudy was very active with the community tree plantings, receiving an appreciation plaque from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

He enjoyed two trips to Norway to visit family, Rudy liked duck hunting, golfing, dancing, card playing and most of all he enjoyed people.

He is survived by his partner, Katherine Harms of Battle Lake; three sons, Jeff (Betty) Haukebo of Park Rapids, Craig Haukebo (Reba Gilliand) of Battle Lake, Kevin (April) Haukebo of Cincinnati, Ohio and Sarah (Tim) Harms Easter of Sioux Falls, S.D.; four grandchildren, Beth Haukebo of Rochester, Angie (John Lindberg) Haukebo of St. Paul, Joshua Haukebo of Baltimore, Md., and Derek Haukebo of Minneapolis; one sister, Ellen Johnson of Battle Lake; and numerous relatives and friends.

Rudy was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Louise Haukebo; one sister, Signe Jorgensen; and six brothers, Arnold, Ellis, Walter, Clarence, Thomas and Herbert.

Visitation: Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., at the funeral home Service: 2 p.m. Saturday, at First Lutheran Church in Battle Lake.

Clergy: Rev. Jake Dyrhaug

Burial: Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Battle Lake, with military honors provided by Paul Putman American Legion Post 289, Battle Lake

Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson of Battle Lake

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