Herbert Walter Hauser, born in Foley, Alabama in 1925, beloved husband of Lillie Hauser (nee Schindel) passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at his home in Melville.

We, his family, hope and pray that we can be half as wise, honourable, courageous and faith-filled as Dad always was. The Bible says to mourn with those who mourn and rejoice with those who rejoice. We mourn at the loss of Dad’s human life, but we rejoice for our Heavenly Father’s gain.

Herb joins in eternal peace, his father, Henry Hauser; and mother, Amilia (nee Denowski) Hauser; father and mother-in-law, Henry and Emilia Schindel; brother and sister-in-law, Charlie and Myrt Schindel; and sister and brother-in-law, Selma and Bruce Sinclair.

He leaves to cherish his memory: his loving wife of 63 years, Lillie Hauser; his children, Brenda (Gord) Padar, Janice (Joseph) Kowbel and Keith (Barb) Hauser; his grandchildren, Carla (Jason) Cochran, Ryan (Rebekka) Padar, Matthew (Trisha) Kowbel, Mishaela (Chris) Friend, Anastasha (Tony) Sikler and Jantina Kowbel; great-grandchildren, Jagger Cochran, Ryka and Destiny Padar, Noah and Malachi Kowbel, and Niayla, Layla and Derek Friend; his sister, Arlene (Harvey) Tubman; his cousins and several nieces and nephews.

Hauser, HerbA memorial gathering for Herb was held Friday, July 3, 2015 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The evening included a tribute to Herb by his family, memories shared by Herb’s friend, Nick Rogalski, and musical numbers by relatives, Linda, Herb and Gordon Meyer. Lunch and visiting concluded the evening.

Herb’s funeral was held Saturday, July 4, 2015 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. A private interment took place at the Melville City Cemetery.

On behalf of Herb’s wife, Lillie, and his family, we would like to thank Pastor Doug for receiving our family with such warmth and compassion. An immense thank you to the ladies of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Rail City for their hard work and dedication in preparing and serving the delicious lunch and meal.

During Saturday’s meal, the grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and close friends shared special memories of times spent with Dad.

Our sincerest gratitude also goes out to brothers, John Ramm and Rudy Benedik, for so eloquently fulfilling Dad’s wishes for his funeral and burial on Saturday. To the honour guards, Dwayne Armbruster and Arlen Morar, Herb’s fellow motorcycle enthusiasts, our heartfelt appreciation for leading us to the cemetery for that one final ride.

The list of family and friends that sent cards, flowers, donations, food and ran errands for us is too wonderfully numerous to list, but, rest assured, every single effort was extremely appreciated. Thank you is a very small word, but it means so very much! From all of Herb’s family, we say thank you to all.

Our recognition goes to Matthews Funeral Home, Melville, to whom arrangements were entrusted.

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