Galen Haugen

09/22/1917 — 02/10/2014

From Cheney, WA, USA | Born in Pekin, ND

Galen Haugen

Galen Nels Haugen, 96, died on February 10, 2014, following a sudden illness. He was surrounded by his family.

He was born September 22, 1917 in Pekin, North Dakota. Galen graduated from Tower High School in 1935.

Galen married Vera Sutton, on July 7, 1940 in Malta, Montana, where their first two children, Leilia and Barbara, were born. Their son, Bob, was born several years later in Spokane, Washington. In 1947 they moved to Richland, Washington, where they settled and raised their family.

Providing for his family was always foremost in Galen's life. He was a master of all trades and there was absolutely nothing he could not do. His talents were admired and respected by all who knew him.

Galen loved golfing and fishing and will always be remembered for his love of family. A chocolate bar a day or two will always make the family chuckle when they think of him!

Galen worked for 34 years at Hanford as a Power Engineer. In 1982 when he retired, he and Vera spent many years traveling to Palm Springs and Reno with long time Richland friends. They also enjoyed many cruises and their visits with children and grandchildren.

Galen is survived by his daughter, Leilia Pierce and husband Jack—his daughter Barbara Jetton and his son, Bob Haugen and wife Glenda. He is grandfather to Joni, David, Nancy, Galen, Kacey, Jon, Holly, Tammy, Wendy and Robert. He is blessed with 23 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Galen's wife of 62 years, Vera, - mother and father, Lillie and Bernard Haugen – brother, Vernon Haugen and sister, Hazel Isom preceded him in death.

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  • Galen you were such a joy to be around we miss your laughter and jokes and the bell on your walker and the candy you would give every day this place will never be the same without you lots of love Glynis and Jennifer

    Cheney assisted living
    November 4, 2014
    Cheney, WA, Spokane
  • We will miss the humble but witty character of Uncle Galen. I respected him for his knowledge of most things and wish that I could have been with him more. He will forever be missed.

    Joe & Glenda Isom
    November 4, 2014
    Goldendale, WA
  • Galen you were such a joy to be around we miss your laughter and jokes and the bell on your walker and the candy you would give every day this place will never be the same without you lots of love Glynis and Jennifer

    Cheney assisted living
    November 4, 2014
    Cheney, WA, Spokane
  • We will miss the humble but witty character of Uncle Galen. I respected him for his knowledge of most things and wish that I could have been with him more. He will forever be missed.

    Joe & Glenda Isom
    November 4, 2014
    Goldendale, WA
  • Grandpa was such an amazing man. I am proud of who he was and all that he stood for. I could not have asked for a better role model for myself or my children. I will miss him terribly.

    Wendy Farmen
    November 4, 2014
    Medical, Lake, WA, USA
  • The love displayed by the Haugen Family for Galen is such a true testament of the deep devotion to ech other that this family possesses. What a legacy for Galen to leave us all with. He was such a shining example of love for all who knew him.

    Karl and Pam Paulsen
    November 4, 2014
    Eatonville, WA, USA
  • We have such fond memories of Galen. He and Vera were wonderful friends and retirement buddies with my mom and dad, Bill & Jennie. I remember lazy fishing trips on the Columbia and Gay always had a story to tell. Condolences to the family. We are sorry we missed the funeral.

    John Richardson
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, USA