James “Jim” Hauge, 74, of Mitchell, SD, passed away Monday, August 17, 2020 from complications of a hard fought 13 years with multiple myeloma at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Downtown Mitchell First United Methodist Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel. A live-stream can be viewed at: https://livestream.com/mitchell-fumc
James “Jim” Mads Hauge was born on December 11, 1945 to George and Josephine (Gillum) Hauge in Long Beach, CA. He was talented at a young age, learning to play the piano at 5 years old. Jim grew up in Torrence, CA, and graduated from high school in Torrence. After high school, he attended El Camino Junior College.
Jim was drafted into the Army, and served in Vietnam from July 1967 to July 1968. Upon returning from the Army, he worked for the City of Torrence. After working for the City, Jim worked as an independent contractor for Hunter Engineering for many years until his retirement. Jim was knowledgeable in many fields such as carpentry, mechanics, and was a computer wizard. Tools and knowledge were readily available for his guys.
In Jim’s retirement he loved to travel. He and his wife, Peg, traveled from continent to continent, and road tripped through the USA. He also restored old cars and a 1950 Harley. Jim was very family oriented, and loved watching his grandchildren in their activities. He would be the first to volunteer to chauffer his “girls” to their concerts. He and his granddaughter, Isabella, were 4th of July bean bag champs. Jim was also proud to receive “Yard of the Month” with help from George and his grandsons, Spencer and Dawson. Jim enjoyed trap shooting, and even played pickleball with some prodding from Peg and loved it!
Jim was active in the community as a member of Meals on Wheels, Love Feast, Snack Pack, DAV Transportation, NRA, VFW, and was a finance officer for American Legion Post 18 in Mitchell.
Jim is survived by his wife, Peggy; children, Trevor (Julie) Dierks, Mike Hauge, and Terra (Chad) Eldeen; grandchildren, Josie, Dawson, Spencer, Isabella, and Gabe; mother-in-law, Joyce O’Neal; sister-in-law, Paula (Pat) Doyle; brothers-in-law, Terry (Arlene) Buchholz and Craig (Cheryl) O’Neal; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers-in-law.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mitchell DAV Transportation Network at: 1420 N. Main St., Mitchell, SD 57301.