Lawrence "Larry" James Hauser


December 13, 1941 - March 24, 2015


Lawrence (Larry) James Hauser was born December 13, 1941 in Parkston, SD to Lawrence and Lena (Kleinsasser) Hauser. He grew up in Parkston, where he attended school until he graduated in 1960. He was proud to have played on one of the undefeated Parkston High School Trojan football teams. He then received his bachelor degree in education from Southern State University in Springfield, SD in 1965.

Larry was united in marriage to Kaye Fryda on August 11, 1969 at the St. Paul Catholic Church in Armour, SD.  They moved to a small acreage outside of Mitchell, SD where they raised three children.

He served 6 years in the SD National Guard with the 153rd Engineer unit, and was honorably discharged in 1967. He has been a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church and was on the Salvation Army Board.

Larry was a teacher for 32 years. He spent two years (1965-1967) in Gann Valley where he coached high school basketball and taught various subjects. He spent the next 30 years (1967-1997) teaching 7th grade science at the middle school in Mitchell, SD as well as raising a variety of livestock on the acreage.  Before and after his retirement from teaching, he spent many years at the Mitchell Bowling Center as a programs director for the Special Olympics and tournaments, as well as the youth and adult leagues coordinator.

Larry loved bowling and was on two bowling teams for many years. He was inducted into the Mitchell USBC Hall of Fame in 2014. Along with bowling, he loved spending time with his grandkids, playing cards, traveling, boating/summers on the Missouri river in Chamberlain, telling jokes and stories, family gatherings, western movies, and more recently, collecting antique firearms.

He is survived by his wife, Kaye; his daughter, Shelly Hauser of Sioux Falls, SD; son, Mark Hauser of Chicago, IL and daughter, Kristi Wagner (husband, Ben Wagner) of Hutchinson, MN; two grandchildren, Morgan and Dylan Wagner of Hutchinson, MN; mother, Lena (Kleinsasser) Hauser of Parkston, SD; brother, Louis Hauser of Parkston, SD; sister, Joyce Weber of Dimock, SD; sister, Mary Ellen Pfeiffer of Yankton, SD and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence, brother-in-law, Vincent Weber, and sister-in-law, Judy Hauser.


Monday, March 30, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Tuesday, March 31, 2015
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 North Kimball
Mitchell, South Dakota


Military Graveside Service
Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Ray Lange on May 9, 2015
Larry and I were room mates at the old West Hall at Southern State. My deepest sympathy to the family. We waited too long to try to reconnect.
Posted by Fran Schoenfelder on April 1, 2015
Saddened to hear of Larry's passing and wish to offer our thoughts and prayers to his family. Played football on the high school and college level with Larry and always cringed when we had to play on opposite sides, because he hit harder than anyone I can remember.
Posted by Bonnie Weber on March 29, 2015
Sympathy to the Hauser Family
Posted by Becky Colleran on March 29, 2015
So many parts of my happy memories of MJHS involve Larry from joke telling in the teachers' lounge to our skit as Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton singing "Islands in the Stream" at a staff Christmas party. He loved life and loved sharing his gifts. His "tool box" was full! He and his family are in my prayers.
Posted by Wes & Nancy Nelson on March 28, 2015
We were so sad to learn of Larry's death and our thoughts are with you Mark and with your family. We know Troy spent many wonderful hours with you and your family and we are grateful for those memories. We hope you all reflect on the memories of the good times during this very sad time in your lives. We are thankful you all were a part of Troy's years in Mitchell. Our sympathy to you .
Posted by Gary & Kay Shafer on March 28, 2015
You all have our sympathy in Larry's death. He will be missed. May the mem I ties of life & good times with him bring you comfort all these days.

Sorry we can be there to pray with you & family & friends.

Kay :We hope to see you in May or this summer.
Posted by Marcia & Terry Kindt on March 28, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. We so enjoyed Larry the night we sat with you guys at the County Fair Christmas Party. Kaye, my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.
Posted by Calvin & Jeannie Ericsson on March 28, 2015
We were fortunate to have Larry & Kay as neighbors and friends and for our kids to be best of friends. Larry had a zest for life that was contagious, always with that big smile and a joke to tell. Unfortunately we won't be able to make the funeral. Our deepest sympathy to Kay, Mark, Kristi and families.
Posted by Mary Sheridan on March 28, 2015
We are so so to hear about the passing of Larry. The remembrance of a good man, his funny joke and story telling will embrace us for ever! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time! Greg and mary
Posted by Laura Hauge Ahartz on March 28, 2015
My sympathy to Mr. Hauser's family. To this day, I still remember many things from my 7th grade science class. Mr. Hauser was the starting influence in the future science careers of many students.
Posted by Curt & Judine Hills on March 27, 2015
A wonderful educator who cared about his students. Hard to find folks that measure up to Mr. Hauser. From two grateful MHS students.
Posted by Missy Will Rausch on March 27, 2015
So sorry for your loss. He was such a good teacher. I truly enjoyed his humor. Thoughts and prayers for your family.
Posted by Jeff Hansen on March 27, 2015
Mr Hauser's Science class was fun unlike almost everything else about Junior High. He was part comedian, part teacher which is a great combination. I think he had all the kid's respect.
Posted by Rick and Cindy Easton on March 26, 2015
Just read in the paper and was hoping to find it wasn't our Larry. Hugs and prayers to you Kay and the kids until we can do it in person. God Bless. Larry will be missed in so many ways. Will miss his stories and that smile that was as big as he was. Deepest sympathies.
Posted by Pat Trode on March 26, 2015
So sorry for your loss. Hugs
Posted by Chris & Sandi Paustian on March 26, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with Kay and her family.
Posted by Brad Jamison on March 26, 2015
Just found out from paper this morning. So sorry to see Larrys passing. I'll always remember 7 th grade science class. Larry made it fun and he will be missed. Larry was a great person.
Posted by Sue Vander Heiden on March 26, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. Larry was always so much fun to be around. My thoughts and prayers for your family. Hugs!!!
Posted by Kristy McManus on March 25, 2015
So sorry about the loss of a wonderful man. A great teacher, mentor and all around brilliant person. Always had that smile...I don't remember him ever being angry. Shelly, my heart goes out to you and your family. You have my deepest sympathy.
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