Hans Robert Hauge

Date of Death

Hans Robert Hauge Port Saint Joe, Florida formerly of Claremont, NH and Stittville, NY (March 14 1928 – August 19 2023) It is with a heavy heart we announce that our patriarch, Hans Robert (Bob) Hauge passed away peacefully at his home in Port Saint Joe, Florida, surrounded by his loving family at the age of 95. Bob was welcomed to heaven with open arms hugging the love of his life Ruth Wilson Hauge. Bob was born in Oslo, Norway on March 14, 1928 the son of Andreas and Sara Maria Johanna Johannessen Hauge. He grew up at the family home “Haugestol” in Claremont, NH. Bob graduated from Stevens High School in Claremont in 1946. After high school he joined the ROTC and atten ded University of New Hampshire graduating in 1948 with a degree Mechanical Engineering.

Bob was a proud member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at UNH and most recently received his certificate of the Diamond Circle from ATO for his 75 years of membership services and devotion. In the ROTC program he was an aircraft mechanic and was selected as a cadet to go into the field of Telecommunications. Upon graduation at UNH Bob joined the United States Air Force stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi and worked as an electrical engineer. He then transferred to Oklahoma City as a first lieutenant in charge of supply. While living in NH he bought his first car at the age of 16, a 1921 Model T Ford Roadster for $50. He named her “Geraldine” In 1946 Bob and his best friend Dallas Dodge drove “Geraldine” from Claremont, NH to Dearborn, Michigan to the Henry Ford Museum. Bob worked at Stevens chicken farm in Weathersfield Bow, Vt. That’s when he met Ruth. Bob started dating Ruth and courted he r in the Model T. They fell deeply in love and were married on September 30, 1950 at the Windsor Vermont Methodist Church. In 1953 Bob accepted a job with General Electric Company as an Aerospace Reliability Engineer in Utica NY. He worked on projects with the F-111, B1, and the Saturn Mission Satellite. On a recent trip to Wright Patterson AFB he was so proud to see the 100s of aircraft on display, especially the ones he worked on. He retired from GE in 1988 with 35 years of service.

Bob and Ruth settled outside of Utica NY in Whitesboro NY. While in Whitesboro he was an active and devout member of the Jaycees, and became the neighborhood fix it man. In 1968 with five kids, they outgrew the house and moved to a 25 acre farm in Stittville NY. While residing in Stittville Bob was active with the Holland Patent Lions Club, Stittville Methodist Church and Stittville Fire Department. After retirement and the kids gone they began their adventures and travels with friends and family to Hawaii, Norway, Bermuda and enjoyed several cruises. They also did an all summer excursion throughout all of Europe. They then started vacationing winters in St John USVI and eventually took jobs at Maho Bay Camps in St John. They loved the blue water and white sandy beaches and appreciated sunrises, sunsets and all of God’s creations. In 1990 Bob and Ruth started vacationing winters in Mexico Beach, Florida. In 1994 they bought their forever home in Port Saint Joe, Florida, a beautiful home where they loved to entertain family and friends. While living in Florida they became very active and loving their new community. Joining Bay County Council of Aging they provided weekly meals at the Mexico Beach Methodist Church. They also became very blessed to be welcomed into the Mexico Beach Methodist Church family.

Bob became president of the Beaches Lions Club and Ruth as secretary; they raised money by selling flowers through the garden club, working bingo and other fund raisers to erect the first flag pole and monument at Beacon Hill Park. Bob was a quiet man with a heart of gold, who was a soft spoken, very intelligent, proud, kind, insightful and creative father and husband who taught us the importance of love for family, friends and unconditional love for all. He just adored watching his family grow and seeing his children and spouses, grand children and great grand children so full of the family values and love that Bob and Ruthie had. Bob and Ruth still have “Geraldine” in Florida and Bob continued to court Ruth with sunset rides along the gulf.

At Bob’s 95th birthday celebration he proudly gave 2 of his great grand children a wonderful ride in “Geraldine”. Bobs family tradition of the Model T Ford has been handed down to his children and he was so proud to see his grandchildren also get inflicted with the hobby having their own Model T Fords.

Hans Robert Hauge is survived by his children, Andrea Lee Kaczor, Remsen, NY, Jon Wilson (Sandra) Hauge, Claremon t, NH, Mark Jordan (Rhonda) Hauge, Macungie, Pa, and Douglas James Hauge Port Saint Joe, Fl, 12 grand children, Kirsten (Mark) Kiser, Sarah (Scott) Greco, Stephen Kaczor, Robert (Keri) Kaczor, Adam (Jessica) Kaczor, Andy (Brittany) Hauge, Ryan (Erika) Hauge, Kristen (Jason) Ray, Jonathan (Jaclyn) Hauge, Jordan (Brittani) Hauge, Joshua (Kimberly) Hauge, Sarah (Austin) Renzi, and 17 great grandchildren, all of them had a great love for their “Pop, Grandpa and GG Pop.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Ruth Wilson Hauge, also their son Robert Scott Hauge and his brother John Andreas (Jack) Hauge, son in law Walter Joseph Kaczor, his parents, Andreas and Sara Hauge and his in laws Norman and Hilda Wilson.

Bob and Ruth were long time members of the Model T Ford Club of America and International and also of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Bob’s celebration of life will be announced at a later date. In keeping with Bob and Ruth’s wishes, they both will be laid to rest together and a funeral that will take place at the family plot in Union Cemetery, West Claremont, NH at a later time. Please consider The Model T Ford Club of America 310 N.8th St, Richmond, IN. 47374, Youth Chapter, or the Model T Ford Club International Youth Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 355 Hudson, NC 28638 in memory of Bob and Ruth Hauge. You may also consider your favorite church or organization of your choice.

Wilson Funeral Home

214 Airport Road, Panama City, FL 32405