Herman Joseph Hauck


Herman Joseph Hauck


Herman Joseph Hauck passed away on Sept. 12, 2019, with loving family members at his side. Herman was born to Joseph and Anna (Dauenhauer) Hauck on Jan. 29, 1929, in Taylor, ND. He and his six brothers and sisters were raised on the family farm near Richardton, ND. In 1946, the family moved to Dickinson.

Herman attended Model High School. While in high school, he met the love of his life, Dorothy Volesky. Herman graduated from high school in June 1950. He and Dorothy married on Oct. 10th of that same year. Herman worked for a construction company for several years before starting Hauck Millwork Shop, building kitchen cabinets. The company grew becoming Trimline (TMI) constructing institutional casework.

Herman changed careers in the early 1970’s, selling residential and commercial real estate. Herman discovered a love of designing and building, developing St. Luke’s nursing home in Dickinson. In 1973, Herman moved the family to Billings and worked hard to help them adapt by enrolling them in summer art classes and hikes in the nearby mountains.

Eventually, Herman began Team Realty, a residential and commercial real estate firm. A project he was particularly proud of was the development of Kings Green Subdivision, targeted to help first-time homeowners achieve their dream of owning a home. In 1981, Herman was named Home Builder of the year by the National Association of Home Builders.

Herman began K & H Corporation with Ted Kober and the Goodman Group and developed Westpark Village (a retirement facility), the first of its kind in Billings. Westpark set the standard for future retirement facilities in the area. Herman resided at Westpark following Dorothy’s passing in 2015 until the time of his death.

Herman’s final project, as Pioneer Forest Products, culminated in being awarded the largest tree stewardship contract ever awarded by the U.S. Forest Service, resulting in the unofficial title of “King of the Forest.” Herman possessed the innate ability to conceptualize building projects and a dogged determination to see a project through to its end.

Throughout his life with Dorothy, a marriage spanning nearly 65 years, Herman loved to celebrate any and all milestones. He loved entertaining, practical jokes, travel in their motor home, and dancing polka and waltz. Herman and Dorothy were instrumental in the beginning of the Big Sky Polka Club. He loved playing announcer (a la Lawrence Welk) and videotaping the clubs’ monthly dances.

Herman is survived by his children: Kevin (Marita) of Billings, Lynn (Peder) Sogard, Flower Mound, TX, JoLynn (Jim) Yerger, Billings, Todd (Kaylene), Billings, Melanie (Russ) Tolman, Billings; a brother, Edward Hauck of Enid, OK; two sisters, Virginia Fox, St. Cloud, MN, and Karen (Vince) Decker of San Diego, CA/St. Cloud, MN. Herman is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Chris (Michelle) Hauck, Andrea (Chris) Burrough, Mike (Laura) Hauck, Whitney (Jeremy) Martin, Britt (Brian) Carman, Jake (Tanna) Yerger, Sarah (Zachary) Hartman, Joe (Daniella) Hauck, Carson (Sarah) Hauck, Duncan Hauck, Andy (Allyssa) McCreary and Alex McCreary. He was also the proud great-grandparent of six children, soon to be eight. Herman was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dorothy; sisters Elsie Krank and Agnes Rang; and a brother, Francis Hauck.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, with a vigil service at 7 p.m., at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary in Billings. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2055 Woody Drive, followed by interment at Yellowstone Valley Memorial Park. A lunch will be served at St. Thomas Church in the multipurpose room.

If desired, memorials can be sent to Billings Catholic Schools Foundation (St. Francis Music Program).

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6 thoughts on “Herman Joseph Hauck”

  1. Janelle Hauck Gunderson

    Dear Kevin, Lynn, JoLynn, Todd and Melanie,
    My thoughts are with you during this time. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Your father was one of the most generous men I have ever met. He was always lending a hand to others and reaching out when they were in need. You could always count on your father to lighten the mood with a good joke. There will never be another man quite like him and his memory will live on forever. I was blessed to have him as my Uncle.
    Let the memories of your dear dad provide you with comfort and serve as guidance.
    Peace, Prayers, Blessings, Janelle Hauck Gunderson

  2. My sincere condolences and prayers for Herman and all his loved ones. He was so gifted in many ways and always had his heart into what he did. I am still residing in one of the first homes he built in Dickinson ND, along side his own home here. There remains his metal emblem of Hauck’s Mill-works on my kitchen cabinets he built so well to last my lifetime here. Many memories of your family next door. God’s Blessings.
    Roni Weber (Mrs. Tony Weber).

  3. Corrine and Lee Pavlicek

    Kevin, Lynn, JoLynn, Todd and Melanie,
    We are deeply sorry for your loss. Uncle Herman was such a graciously kind man. I will always remember his kindness to my parents and how they loved to go dancing together. He always made an effort to see them when they came to Dickinson. Only a few years ago, he called me at our home, just to check how farming was going for us. We had a nice long visit. He loved to visit and have his family around him. His thoughtfulness for others was so special. I have many wonderful fond memories of him. I am sure your mom was there to welcome him and they are gracefully dancing on the floors of Heaven. May all your memories and the love he showed you, provide you some comfort during this time of sorrow. Please know of our thoughts and prayers for him and all of you.
    God Bless you all. We will miss him. Rest in Peace Uncle Herman.
    Corrine and Lee Pavlicek

  4. Kevin, Lynn, JoLynn, Todd, and Melanie,
    We are so sorry to hear of your dads passing! I will always remember the home you had in Dickinson and the many Volesky get togethers we had there! Uncle Hermann always had a joke to play on somebody and I will never forget the smile with his silver tooth! I wish I could have been at the funeral, but I watched my granddaughter over the weekend and she had a nasty cold and I happened to catch it! It would have been nice to see my dad and sister there too! Many prayers to all of you! Dave and Wendy Ekre

  5. So sorry for the loss of your Dad. He and your Mom were wonderful people. I check the obituaries on Friday so we missed the prayers and the funeral. We have fond memories of your parents.

    Glenn and Katrina Kudrna

  6. We are truly sorry for your loss. Uncle Herman was a kind and wonderful man. I always appreciated how he took time to visit mom and dad when they came to town. Especially when mom was sick. They were always excited to see them and really enjoyed going to polka fests and family functions where the Haucks were. I always enjoyed talking to him about his latest entrepreneurial venture. I think of his positive attitude and spirit often.
    I know you hurt from the loss now but receive God’s joy whenever you think about how wonderful he was and how much better we all are for having him in our lives! I know I am!

    Dean and Dora Volesky

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