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Funeral services for Donovan B. Hauge will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Albert Lea. Reverend Michael Lilienthal will officiate. Visitation will be held Monday evening, July 2nd, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea and again one hour prior to the service at church. Military honors will be accorded by the Kiester Area Veterans Honor Squad.
Donovan Benjamin Hauge, age 81, died on June 28, 2018 at Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea. Donovan was born on April 25, 1937 to parents Benjamin and Minnie (Walle) Hauge in Winnebego County, Iowa. He grew up on the farm south of Kiester and later moved to Albert Lea with his family.
Donovan graduated from Albert Lea High School and went on to proudly serve our country in the U.S. Army for three years. After returning home, Donovan held several jobs including construction on the Green Lea Golf Course with his father, working in the parts department at Sime Equipment in Kiester, and working as a custodian at Naeve Hospital. While working at the hospital, he met his future wife, Camilla Songstad. The couple married on June 16, 1963 at the Scarville Evangelical Lutheran Church in Iowa. They were members at Our Saviors Lutheran in Albert Lea as well.
Donovan was self-employed for many years and owned an upholstery and shoe repair store in Kiester. He enjoyed this work and was skilled at button tufting and reconstructing the interior upholstery of classic cars. He also owned and operated the TV store in Kiester until in closed. Donovan was a member of the Kiester Civic and Commerce organization. In his later years, he was a custodian at United South Central in Wells, MN until retirement in 1999.
In his free time, Donovan enjoyed fishing, bowling, traveling, and playing cribbage. He also enjoyed having coffee with friends and spending time with his family. He was so proud of his grandkids, nieces, and nephews. Donovan and Camilla loved square dancing together and wintered in Arizona for many years after retirement and until her death in 2006.
Survivors include his son, Donovan A. and his wife Traci Hauge of Albert Lea; grandchildren, Timothy Hauge and Kylie Hauge; sister, Verna Sporing of Mason City, IA; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dale and Mary Songstad of Northwood, IA, Bert and Marilyn Songstad of Phoenix, AZ, Don Morse of Spokane, WA; as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Camilla; parents, Benjamin and Minnie; brothers, Orville and Clifford Hauge; sister, Vera (LeRoy) Hoehn; infant sister, Marilyn Hauge; brothers-in-law, Charles Sporing and Caroll Morse; sister-in-law, Joan Morse.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Good Samaritan for their loving care of Donovan over the years.
Blessed be his memory.
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