John Alfred “Al” Haug passed away from complications of hip surgery at Brookdale skilled nursing with his children by his side.
John was born on June 23, 1916 in Minneapolis MN to Agnes Marie and Knute Haug. He was preceeded in death by his wife, Ruth Eleanor ne Peterson, four brothers and sisters, Berger, Esther, Manley, and Marian, one niece, Betsy, and two nephews, Alan Haug, and Ronald Peterson.
Al graduated from Central High School in Minneapolis MN. He married Ruthie in 1939. He was drafted into the Army and sent to Officers’ Candidate School where he rose from 2nd Lt. to Captain. He served on cargo ships in World War II and it was there that he discovered a fondness for being at sea. He and Ruthie traveled on cruises to warm environs. They went to Sweden and Norway to see their parental homesteads and relatives. After Ruth passed, Al traveled to the Holy Lands, China, and Thailand. He took a cruise of the Mediterranean where he visited places he had seen in the War. Al was very proud of his Norwegian heritage, and when he was 70 he took up the hobby of woodcarving. He had a showing of his carvings at Brookdale. When Al was 98, he and his son John took the Honor Flight to Washington D.C to view the WWII and other war memorials.
When there was a flood in Kansas City in 1951, Al took a position at International Harvester Parts Depot as a foreman. He had worked there in Minneapolis, and that is why the family transfered to Kansas City. He worked at IH the rest of his working days having been promoted to Warehouse Supervisor. Still, he honored his and his in-laws’ families by visiting Minneapolis and Mountain Lake, Minnesota twice annually.
Al was a longtime member of Faith Lutheran Church in Prairie Village where he was in a Mens’ group and helped mow the churchyard. He was a friend to his neighbors and children who would visit to get a gumball from his gumball lamp.
After a bad auto accident at age 96, Al moved to Brookdale where he lived out his life happily.
Al is survived by his daughter Diane of Santa Clarita CA, son John Jr. (Christine) of Topeka, and brother Donald of Fargo ND. He had four grandchildren, Michael Andrews (Alicia di Vittorio), Matthew Haug (Laurelin Evanhoe) of Williamsburg VA, Brian Taylor of Los Angeles, and Allison Taylor of Glendale CA. He had eleven nieces and nephews, and numerous great nieces and nephews. He had three great grandchildren, Bennett and Cora Haug, and Cam Andrews.
The family would like to express many thanks to all the Brookdale staff who so lovingly cared for Al.
Plans are being made for the celebration of Al’s life on what was to be his 100th birthday on Jund 23rd in Prairie Village. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donors’ choice in his name. Assistance by Funerals Advocates, LLC.