Bruce T. Haugen, January 12, 1933 - April 11, 2018

Bruce T. Haugen
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Bruce was born in Eau Claire, WI, on January 12, 1933 to Thorvald and Bertha Haugen.   He spent his entire life in Eau Claire moving only from the North side to the South side.  He was baptized, confirmed, and remained an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.  Growing up on the North Side, Bruce was active in his neighborhood.  As a paper boy, Bruce’s daily newspaper route helped develop life skills of structure, dependability, focus, and people skills that became his hallmark. He could be found many days at the empty lot playing basketball with the Little Hill Sandburr gang.  During his Eau Claire High School years, he was a dedicated and successful lineman on the football team.  Bruce loved sports. He graduated high school in 1951. 

In his distinguished 28 years with UWEC, Bruce wore the “hat” of intramural supervisor, bowling counter attendant, “Outdoor Rec Man”, and many other assignments too numerous to mention.  Bruce’s passion and dream to introduce students to the great outdoors lead him to create the Outdoor Recreation Program at UWEC.  The response was so great, the program was expanded to include a Trips Program and an Outdoor Resource Center.  Bruce, who was the “jack-of-all-trades”, was truly respected and loved by all who had the opportunity to work and learn from him.  

Through his childhood friend, he met the love of his life - Karen Givens in Memphis, TN. Together they built a house and raised their family on the south side of Eau Claire with their two children.  With the fun, loving family that they were, they enjoyed many adventures of camping and skiing with many life long friends.  They were married 47 years when Karen passed in January 2015.  He recently moved and was enjoying the next phase of his life at Dove South Assisted Living.   

It is often said that people remember others by how they made them feel.  Bruce lived and was an example of this character trait.  He always treated people with dignity and respect whether it was with just a smile with his twinkling eyes, a joke, or in the way he told his stories or listened to yours. He was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, friend, and neighbor. Bruce always looked out for others.  He made an impact on many people‘s lives and was known by and through many people.  Everyone knew Bruce, he was like the mayor. 

Bruce is survived by his daughter, Ramelle Haugen (Krystal) of Bridgewater NJ; his son, Raleigh Haugen (Sarah) of Edina, MN; his grandchildren, Sydney and Charles Haugen of Edina, MN, as well as sisters Janice (Marvin) Kufahl, and Judy Haugen.  He is further survived by brother-in-laws, Marlo (Bev) Orth, David (Guin) Givens, and Jerry Harris, along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.    He was preceded in death by his wife, Karen, and sister, Eileen Orth.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the University of WI Eau Claire Foundation, designated for the Recreation Advancement Fund to 214E Schofield Hall, PO Box 4004, Eau Claire WI 54702-4004.   Or, to St. John’s Lutheran Church for the Landscaping fund, or Christian Preschool fund at 1804 Highland Av, Eau Claire, WI 54701 

Funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1804 Highland Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54701 with Pastor Nathan Aaseng officiating. Visitation will take place Tuesday, April 17, 2018,  at Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services from 4-6 p.m. Visitation will continue on Wednesday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Committal services will take place immediately after funeral service in the Rest Haven Cemetery in the Town of Washington. 

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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Andy Rosa April 15, 2018

    My thoughts and prayers are with Bruce's family during this difficult time

  2. VICKY AMMERMAN April 14, 2018

    I felt very privileged to have come to know Bruce as I was a Visiting Angel that came and helped him with his daily needs before he went into Assisted Living. He was a wonderful fun man with whom I enjoyed spending time with. Even though I didn't know him long, I really enjoyed his happy outlook on life and his wonderful laugh.

  3. Gail Skamfer April 14, 2018

    Sorry to read about Bruce. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve his passing, but know our Lord has taken him HOME.

  4. Tom and Patti Hines April 12, 2018

    We are so sorry to hear about Bruce's passing. We hope the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead.