Raymond George Haugarth

Raymond George Haugarth

March 9, 1951 – June 13, 2020
It is with tremendous sadness that we share the news that Ray Haugarth passed away on June 13, 2020 at the age of 69 while hospitalized at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN. Ray was recently diagnosed in May with a rare auto-immune disease (anti-GBM) and Vasculitis. He fought a very tough battle but ultimately died in the hospital of complications. Even through the battle, Ray kept his sarcastic wit. He was a wonderful and loving husband, father and grandfather who cherished his time with family. He also loved sunsets, clouds, reading, hiking and history. Ray expressed love for all the special people in his life and was at peace with what may come next. His spirit will live on through us. Ray was born in Bismarck, North Dakota. He was the 8th of 10 children in his large family. He attended and graduated from Cathedral High School before entering the US Navy. He served for 4 years before returning to Bismarck. There he attended the University of Mary where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business. While attending the University of Mary, he met his future wife, Janel. Ray and Janel were married in Jamestown, North Dakota in 1977 and began their life together in Bismarck. Ray’s first job out of college was working as a sales representative of the Campbell Soup Company covering grocery stores across the vast miles of the Dakotas. Ray and Janel relocated several times for Janel’s career. They lived in Green Bay, WI, Kenosha, WI, Bloomington, MN and Eden Prairie, MN. They were blessed with 3 wonderful sons and Ray assumed the role of stay-at-home Dad after their third son was born. He cherished those years spent with the boys with no qualms about breaking the gender norms of the time. Ray was preceded in death by his father and mother, George and Frances Haugarth. Ray is survived by his wife, Janel (Ziegelman) Haugarth, their three sons; Ryan, Daniel, and Taylor, two wonderful daughter in laws; Karen Herrero and Julia Johnson Haugarth, 4 grandchildren, nine siblings; Lorraine Dunlap (Ken Theil), Sharon (Arlis) Kellogg, Virginia(Douglas) Riley, Patricia Haugarth, Lois Haugarth-Miersch, Karen(Larry) Mallery, Linda (DeLonce) Synste gard, Duane Haugarth, and David (Ann) Haugarth as well as countless other friends and relatives that will miss his humor and smile. Based on current COVID challenges, there will be no memorial service. We hope to be able to coordinate a celebration of life when the time is right. (Published in the Star Tribune on June 18, 2020)