Obituary for James D. Haug

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James D. Haug, 87 of Onalaska passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Gundersen Medical Center, La Crosse. He was born in La Crosse on September 18, 1930 to Orel and Marie (Schaefer) Haug. James enlisted into the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War. On June 23, 1951 he married Angeline "Angie" McCabe.
James was very proud of his military service. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 284 Holmen, where he served as not only Commander but many other offices at the local, district and state levels. He was also a long time member and held several offices in the 40 et 8. James worked at Trane Company for 42 years and was Chairman of the Shop Committee. He was instrumental in founding the Holmen Kornfest and he never missed one! James loved to hunt, fish and most of all loved spending time with his family and many friends.
James is survived by his wife, Angie of 66 years; Laurie (Gary) Smith of Holmen; three sons, Steven (Pamela) Haug and Greg (Carol) Haug both of Holmen, and Joe (Kalah) Haug of Onalaska; a son-in-law, Tim (Kathy) DeFlorian; ten grandchildren, Nicholas (MaryAnn) Haug, Anthony (Kate) Haug, Roger (Jen) Smith, Todd (Tawnya) Smith, and Ben and Adam Smith; Jacob (Alyssa) Haug, Cassie (Adam Cassioppi) Haug, Corey (Kadie) Haug, and Ashley (Alex Macak) Haug; nineteen great grandchildren, plus one on the way; four sisters, Janice (Jim) Chrisan, Sandee (Darryl) Winternheimer, Marianne Guist, and Kathy (Gary) Schams; four brothers, Paul Haug, Pete (Kitty) Haug, Tom Haug, and John (Elise) Haug; a sister-in-law, Nita Haug; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Colleen DeFlorian, two infant daughters, Jane and Julie; a grandson, Samuel Haug; a brother Bob Haug and two sister-in-laws, Barb and Donna Haug.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 515 N Main Street, Holmen. The Reverend John Parr will officiate and burial with Military Honors will be in Onalaska Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 26, 2018 at Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 515 McHugh Road, Holmen with a prayer service starting at 4:00 p.m. A visitation will also be held at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.
The family would like to thank the Onalaska Care Center and Gundersen Health System and their staff for the care and compassion they showed James during his stays there.
Memorials may be given to Freedom Honor Flight, P.O. Box 505, La Crosse, WI 54602.
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