Ardean Dale Hauschild was born on May 16th, 1935 to Orrie John Fred and Frieda Ida (Hartjen) Hauschild.
Ardean always looked on the brighter side of things. He was not still, he lived life and included all those he loved. Ardean was full of humor, had a quick wit, insightful, wise, and genuine. He will be remembered for his kindness and love that could turn any stranger instantly into a friend. He was a role model for what is most important, “God, Family, and Country”.
Ardean lived most of his life on the family’s dairy farm near Dumont, Minnesota. He attended and graduated from West Central School of Agriculture in Morris, MN. He then enlisted into the U.S. Army and Army reserves. Ardean was 100% patriotic and knew he was blessed to be an American. He served from 1954 to 1961. After he retired from the Army he attended the University of Minnesota for two years. He met Darlene Gladys Marsh at a dance at Four Corners and they were married on April 11th,1959. Their marriage was blessed with six children.
Ardean was devoted to his children, family, & friends. He made sure his children attended church every Sunday, even when he had been up since 5am milking the cows. He raised his children to know God and stand up for what is right. He taught his children work ethic and survival skills so they would be successful in the real world.
When Ardean was not working the land or milking cows, you could find him helping his children with many projects. Church, 4-H, school, riding clubs, and many more. He would take the time to play week long games of Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit. He believed his children could do anything as long as they put in effort and worked hard. He challenged them to a weekly opportunity to chase the cows back home from wherever they wandered off to.
Ardean’s children remember him for his motivational “work hard” quotes. Such as, “There is no such word as can’t.” and “I don’t care how you do it, just get it done.” His best known line to anyone visiting the farm was, “The first day you're a guest, the second day you’re family.” He taught his children bravery by throwing them into stock pond to learn how to swim. He would strap his children into skates and set lose on the frozen ice in the yard. There were snow machines for Lake Traverse poker runs & motorcycles for Motocross. He made sure his children’s birthday parties were memorable. He would take their friends on hayrides, roller & ice skating, riding horses, and farm chores for the city kids which they loved.
Ardean loved animals. A niece named the farm “Dalmatian Plantation” after seeing a pasture full Appaloosa horses, Holstein cows, and Dalmatian dogs. All animals white with black spots. The Hauschild six knew they could bring home any stray or wild animal, which included a friend in need at times. He made family trips to Sisseton stock yards and Christmas shopping at Fleet Farm seem like a trip to Disneyland. Ardean was his children’s hero.
Ardean spent hours welding in the garage creating something amazing. He invented the tire “The Dual Help” years prior to modern machinery. Ardean had many friends in Dumont. Most who will admit he beat in pool. He always had a trophy in his hand. He also spent years researching and collecting his family’s history. He traveled to Germany on a pilgrimage to retrace his roots, which he was very proud of.
Ardean was a devoted and proud American Legion member. He was the first to be wherever needed. In 1999, he was Commander of the 7th district American Legion where he met Darlene Peterson. They enjoyed 19 years of marriage which took them on many adventures including American Legion events, cruises, an Alaskan excursion, and much time in the sun at their home in Mesa, Arizona. Ardean and Darlene attended many Dumont Saints games over the years. All will remember hearing his rhyming cheers echoing over the field. “Pitch em in their hum baby, nobody there but you! Throw strikes right in there!"
Ardean is survived by his wife, Darlene Peterson Hauschild, his six children: Bryan (Becky) Hauschild, Artesia, NM, Karmin Hauschild, Wheaton, MN, Stanley Hauschild, Prescott, AZ, Douglas (Julie) Hauschild, St. Bonifacius, MN, August (Reina) Hauschild, Fort Lee, NJ, and Tonya (Jeff) Roth, Red Wing MN. Twelve grandchildren: Eli (Tracy) Hauschild, Cody Stopka, Colter Stopka, Nathanael Hauschild, Lilie Hauschild, Hannah Hauschild, Ella Hauschild, Katie Hauschild, Abigail Hauschild, Daniel Hauschild, Kylie Roth and Autumn Roth. Three great-grandchildren: Leo, Lincoln, and Piper Hauschild. He is also survived by his sister, Vivian (Wes) Krumweide of Wheaton, MN, and many nephews and nieces.
A Memorial Service will be held Friday, June 10, 2022 at St. John Lutheran Church in Wheaton, Minnesota with Rev. George Sagissor III officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service time at the church. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Dumont, Minnesota. Military Rites will be provided by the Merton-Dale American Legion Post #80.
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