Charles Alden Haug, age 94 of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota died on May 4, 2017 at the New Ulm Medical Center. Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 4 to 8 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye and will continue on Thursday from 9:30 until 10:30 am at the church. Service will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 10:30 am. Military rites will be provided by the Sleepy Eye Honor Guard. Interment will be at Home Cemetery in Sleepy Eye. The clergy will be Pastor Keith Ainsley. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com
We are sad to announce the passing of beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend: Charles Alden Haug.
Charles was born December 2, 1922 in Madelia to Martin and Alice (Johnson) Haug. He attended rural school in Watonwan County and graduated from Madelia High School in 1941. He graduated from Minnesota School of Business in 1942 and began work at the First Security Bank of Sleepy Eye in June 1942. He was drafted into the Army in February 1943 and spent 3 years in the service. He spent one year in Combat with the 28th Infantry Division in Europe. He fought in “The Battle of the Bulge” and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. While in Service he completed two years of college at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He returned to his job at the First Security Bank of Sleepy Eye after his discharge from the Army and he married June Enebo on August 4, 1947 at the Lake Hanska Lutheran Church. The couple made their home in Sleepy Eye where they raised five children. Charles served as President of the First Security Bank from 1968 until his retirement from banking in 1990. After his retirement, he prepared Income Tax Returns for his 200 customers until the year 2006.
In addition to his career, Charlie also played saxophone and clarinet in big dance bands for 26 years, including with his favorite conductor Guy DeLeo. Charles was a 70 year member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Sleepy Eye, and a 50 year member of the following: Minnesota Bankers Association, American Legion, VFW, Masonic Lodge, Zuhrah Shriners and Order of the Eastern Star.
Charlie and his family enjoyed their cabin on Lake Koronis during the 42 summers they spent there and he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, June of Sleepy Eye; daughter, Catharine Sletten of Minnetonka; daughter, Cynthia Seifert of Mankato; daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Brad Sprenger of Comfrey; son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Susan Haug of Houston, TX; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Kathryn Haug of Eagan; “son-in-spirit” Jon Vezner; Grandchildren; David Sletten and fiancé Amanda; Kristin Sletten; Jeremiah Forster and wife, Jennifer; Collin Seifert; Allison Seifert; Melissa Bakke and husband, Shawn; Chad Sprenger and wife, Kelly; Scott Sprenger and fiancé Brianne; Michael Sprenger; Sarah Haug; Matthew Haug; Madelyn Haug and Charles Haug; 10 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Elaine Trimnell of Redwood Falls; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin & Alice Haug; sister, Martha Mitchell; son-in-law, David Sletten; and brother-in-law, Marlin Trimnell.
We are abundantly blessed to have enjoyed so many precious years of his generosity, sense of humor, talented storytelling, and, of course classic accordion renditions of “Lonely Cowboy”. Please join us to celebrate a life “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:23).