Harold L. Hauser Jr., 74

Harold L. Hauser Jr. formerly of Marshalltown and Albion peacefully rode off into the sunset Saturday, July 20th, 2013. He made it to the ripe age of 74 and never really complained about the cards he was dealt, instead choosing to use those good and bad times as learning and teaching tools to serve others. Harold hated school enough that he dropped out and joined the U.S. Navy, but must have rethought the whole school thing because he went back and earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling and later a second Master’s Degree in Divinity. Reverend Harold was the chief juvenile probation officer for Tama, Benton and Iowa counties where he was so effective that many of the troubled youth followed in his footsteps. He later left for Chicago to start seminary. After completing seminary, he started Southside Christian Counseling Center where he was instrumental in the healing of tens of thousands of lives. Harold loved it so much that he worked 5 1/2 days a week. He saved one day for worship and a 1/2 day to wash and iron his shirts and spit shine his shoes. When things got too tense at work he would take a couple days to come back to Marshalltown and visit or head to Eastern Tennessee to chase grandkids around the yard. He loved the “Bean” and there was always a half cup of coffee sitting around his office, which might explain the stroke.

Harold was born in a two room shack south of Marshalltown where his father (Harold Hauser) worked for Lenox and his mother (Erma Matney Hauser) walked to work in the laundry at the hospital.

“Tubby or Tub” had more cousins, nieces and nephews than anyone could count well, mostly because his sisters Geniveve (passed at birth) Wilma (Bill) Bracy, Helen (Pete) Holden, Velma (Elrede) Schneider, Jean (Colin) Voight, Betty (Nile) Bulanek and brother Herman (Peggy) Hauser wouldn’t stop having kids. Speaking of kids, Harold was married to Mary Alice Blair they later parted ways, but not before hatching 4 of their own urchins Jeff (Betty Jo) Lohrville IA., Christopher (Becky) Del Rio, TN. Don Andrew (Racine) Newport, TN. And Mikayla Henderson Tinley Park, IL. They all thought he was a pretty decent guy. We think he completed all the tasks Jesus had for him because he came home from the office, laid down on the couch for a nap, and cast off this mortal coil.

If you didn’t meet him, it’s a little too late now, but if you want to be part of his life celebration join us on August 12, 3:00pm at the First Friends Church 2409 S 6th St. We will all gather for snacks and some really good stories. Don’t send flowers (he was allergic) but feel free to send cards for his family to enjoy. If cash is more your idea, send it to help with his life passion, Southside Christian Counseling Center. SCCC c/o Jeff Hauser 408 Main St. Lohrville, IA. 51453 His cremains will be divided between Rose Hill’s veteran’s area and A Navy burial at sea from the Minesweeper “USS Champion” in San Diego where he spent most his naval life.