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Funeral services will take place on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 10:00 AM (Mountain).

United Methodist Church
Wall, South Dakota

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In memory of

Richard Hauk

of Wall, South Dakota, died on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at his home in Wall at the age of 68

Richard Gene Hauk was born and raised in Wall, South Dakota to Philip “Max” and Donna (Hemness) Hauk. Richard was known by several names: Richard, Rich, Dad, Grandpa Richard, Chicken Hauk, and Tex. As a child growing up in Wall, he enjoyed hunting for fossils with his dad and siblings in the South Dakota Badlands. He began his career in the family motel business as “bell hop” while just a young boy at the now razed Fountain Motel. Richard graduated from Wall High School in 1969.

As an adult, Richard was involved in the business and promotion of hospitality, and coal mining. He enjoyed watching his son’s grow; and throughout his life he enjoyed activities such as skiing, hunting, riding horses, motorcycling, telling stories, and spending time with friends. At various times in his life he was involved in organizations like Toast Masters, Wall Chamber of Commerce, JayCees, Buckaroos, and Black Hills Badlands and Lakes. He had a special place in his heart for the South Dakota Badlands and loved to show people around sharing its history and topography.

Throughout the walk of his life, Richard met many people, who made him a part of their lives, and will forever remember those special moments shared with him.

Survivors include three sons Jeremy (Jessica) Hauk of Williston, North Dakota, Josh Hauk of Miles City, Montana, and Jesse Hauk of Black Hawk; five grandchildren Maggie, Molly, Sauntee, Lainie, and Sam; his father Max (Nancy) Hauk of Wall; one brother Philip (Trish) Hauk of Piedmont; two sisters Karen (Larry) Moore of Hill City and Darla (Russ) Mullanix of Gordon, Nebraska; step-sister Tammy Lewis; step-father Woody Shelton of Rapid City; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother Donna Shelton and brother Roger Hauk.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 8, at the United Methodist Church in Wall with Pastor Russell Masartis officiating.

Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.
United Methodist Church
Wall, South Dakota

Pastor Russell Masartis

  • So sorry to hear about Richard. He was a good man and he will be missed. Deepest sympathies. Duane ~ Duane Van Rooyen Philip, SD (8/5/2020)
  • I will miss You Haukmeister! Always there to help me at the Car Shows-Always Generous to us! See you again Someday! ~ Charley and Glenda Vice Rapid City S.D. (8/4/2020)
  • Many great memories of “Chicken”. Hunting Black Hills and Prairie deer, sweat equity days on the Malon cabin and ranch, skiing Terry Peak, Jackson & Steamboat, fishing in Canada and many more. Richard was our “builder”...knowledgeable in all things construction. Miss you Man! ~ Ed Lee Rapid City (8/4/2020)
  • Jeremie, Jesse, Josh, Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing, will never forget hunting pheasants around Presho together as Richard Harris's guests! Bird Up !!!!! Rest High On That Mountain Hauk; Your work on earth is thru!!!!! ~ Owen Fenhaus Rapid City, SD (8/3/2020)
  • So sorry to hear of Richards passing. Our deepest sympathies. ~ Al and Susie Ruckdaschel Whitewood (8/3/2020)
  • We are so saddened to hear about Rich! We have many wonderful memories of him! Kindness and generosity were among his many virtues. May you Rest In Peace, Richard! ~ Bob & Marlys Barker Huron, SD (8/3/2020)
  • Jeremy, Josh, and Jesse...
    My Deepest Sympathy. Thinking about all of you and keeping you in my prayers.
    ~ Fawna (Geigle) Goff Sturgis, SD (8/2/2020)
  • My deepest sympathy to Richard's family. Through the years our families crossed many paths together. Richard always a friend and kind. God rest his soul. ~ Veva Wernke Wall, SD (8/2/2020)
  • To Jeremy, Josh, Jesse all of Rich's family and friends I send my heart-felt condolences. I admired Rich in many ways and had many good times with him and his family. In many ways for a number of years he was like a big brother to me, and so generous to me and my family over the years I knew him. He will be greatly missed. ~ Curtis Loesch Huron, SD (8/2/2020)
  • So sorry to hear of Richard's passing. Another good friend has left us. We spent many years growing up together. He will be missed. ~ Greg and Margaret Joyce Silverdale Washington (8/1/2020)
  • To Richard's family - We are saddened by the news of Richard's passing. He was always so friendly to us and enjoyable to visit. We shall fondly remember our good times together with our friend. Our sympathy to you all. Jim & Kristie ~ Jim & Kristie Estes Saint Paul, MN (8/1/2020)
  • So sorry to hear about Richard. Melanie and I were talking about Richard earlier this morning only to receive word this afternoon of his passing. Lots of good memories with Richard ranging from riding motorcycles in the Badlands to Jaycees and Chamber of Commerce projects. He was a talented guy and was always there to lend a helping hand. Hope we meet again in the Little Badlands to ride the narrow trails up to Hell’s Half Acre. ~ Dwight and Melanie Flatt Chandler, AZ (8/1/2020)
  • Saddened to hear of Richards passing. God Bless ~ Tom Clark Pahoa, HI (8/1/2020)
  • To Karen, Darla, Phillip, Jeremy, Josh, Jesse and extended family,
    We are sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. He loved a good laugh, and shared many of those good times with us especially in our younger years.
    As both my cousin and step-brother, we had a unique connection. Our deepest sympathy,
    Wes and Debi
    ~ Wes and Debi Shelton Rapid City, SD (8/1/2020)
  • Sorry to hear of Richard's death. He will be missed by his friends and by anyone that touched by his friendship. Enjoyed him as a friend for many years. So long Richard will see you later. RIP my friend. ~ Van & Cathy Simpfenderfer Wall, SD (8/1/2020)
  • We were saddened to hear of Richard’s passing. He was someone we really enjoyed visiting with. He would always go out of his way to help a person. May God be with you all during this difficult time. ~ Stewart & Rhonda Mettler Wall, SD (8/1/2020)
  • So sorry for you Jesse, Josh, and Jeremy, and family. Richard was good to me and my daughters. He would do anything for anyone, and he was generous with his time. He taught me how to change a flat tire when I was 40 years old! If someone needed help, he always tried to do what he could. He loved his sons and his grandchildren, and he was proud of them. Rest in peace Richard. ~ Norma Carson Wall, SD (8/1/2020)
  • May he rest in peace. ~ Don & Susie Cuppy Mitchell, SD (7/31/2020)
  • Sorry to hear of Richard's passing. RIP ~ Tim and Peggy Lester Austin, TX (7/31/2020)