LaVerne Haug, 86, of Virgil, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Lincolnshire Place, in Sycamore.
He was born Oct. 23, 1927, in Elgin, the son of Joseph and Margaret (Mettel) Haug.
LaVerne grew up on the family farm until he reached 8 years old. The family moved to Virgil in 1936 and continued to farm while LaVerne attended local schools. He graduated from Maple Park High School with the class of 1946. After graduation, LaVerne returned to the fields of his youth and helped run the farm from sunrise to sunset.
LaVerne met his future wife in the halls of his high school. Iris Barrett caught his eye but kept his heart. They graduated together and eventually walked down a different aisle together when they were united in marriage on Dec. 12, 1953.
At age 25, LaVerne was drafted into the United States Army. There were no wars to be fought during his time in the service, but he served his country proudly and faithfully nonetheless. He was honorably discharged in September of 1955.
LaVerne and Iris called El Paso, Texas, home while he was stationed there for a time. After returning to civilian life, they moved back to the family farm while LaVerne’s parents moved to town. Thousands of memories were “harvested” during the next many years as LaVerne and Iris welcomed three children to make their family complete.
LaVerne added construction to his list of jobs and worked for Soderquist Construction in Geneva, building rural bridges. After he was self-employed for a time, LaVerne was a union cabinet installer in Chicago.
When he wasn’t working, LaVerne, his family and a host of childhood friends, loved to escape eight hours north to a cabin in Wisconsin. Fishing and waterskiing (and maybe even a few beers) were enjoyed immensely by LaVerne. The memories made during those trips were as indelible as they were priceless. When he was “semi-retired,” he would take his granddaughter to her babysitter every day and was always ready to help friends and neighbors with projects (as long as they had beer).
He is survived by his loving wife of almost 60 years, Iris Haug; three children, Joe (Karen) Haug of Corpus Christi, Texas, James (Mary Beth) Haug of Pittsburgh, Penn. and Amber Jorgensen of Sycamore; six grandchildren, Dennis, Glenna, Sara, Adam, Luke and Iris; three great-grandchildren, Carson, Ethan and Landon; one sister Carol Schulz; one sister-in-law, Joan Haug; many nieces, nephews and a family of farming friends far and wide.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Margaret Haug; one sister, Virginia Haug; and two brothers; Donald Haug and Eugene Haug.
A memorial visitation was held on Monday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. Private family burial will follow cremation at a later date.
A memorial has been established in his name to benefit LaVerne’s favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “LaVerne Haug Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com, where you can also see his full-life story.