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Pastor James A. Haugen Sr., 67, of Columbia City, died Thursday, July 19, 2012.
He was born June 26, 1945, in Mandan, N.D., a son of Elmer and Betty Marie (Sempson) Haugen.
He graduated from Concordia High School in Portland, Ore. and continued his education at Concordia College in Portland, Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne and completed his Master of Divinity at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo.
On July 19, 1969, he was united in marriage to Darleen K. Nahrwold. They made their home in St. Louis until 1972, when he accepted his call to Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Chadron, Neb.
In 1975 he accepted a call at Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven until 1981, when he returned to Portland to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
In 1991 they moved to Columbia City where he accepted a call at Zion Lutheran Church. While at Zion he ministered the establishment of the mission in Wolf Lake, later chartering Living Water Lutheran Church in Wolf Lake in January 2008, after retiring from Zion in 2007.
From 1972 to 1975, he served as Chairman of Wyoming District Youth Board; Circuit Counselor in Fort Wayne from 1978 to 1981, Portland from 1983 to 1991 and Kendallville from 2001 to 2012; Evangelism Committee in Nebraska and Indiana; member of Kiwanis International for more than 30 years; Wolf Lake Lions Club since 2007; Whitley County Ministerial Association, serving as treasurer of the Energy Assistance Program; Board Member of Luckey Museum in Wolf Lake and instrumental in establishing the Wolf Lake Food Bank.
He had a passion for youth ministry and their activities, collected and restored antique cars, enjoyed his grandsonsâ€™ activities and his many travels abroad including Greece and the Holy Land.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Darleen; two sons, Pastor James (Jennifer) Haugen Jr. of Strongsville, Ohio and Pastor Joshua (Mary) Haugen of Greensboro N.C.; five grandchildren, James Haugen III, Noah Haugen, Caleb Haugen, Adam Haugen and Ruth Esther Haugen; a brother, Fred Haugen of Everett, Wash. and a sister, Patricia Johnson of Fayetteville, Ark.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Bradley Joseph Haugen and a daughter, Jennifer Marie Haugen.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Zion Lutheran Church, 101 East North St., Columbia City with visitation after 10 a.m. Visitation will also be from 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be at Emanuel Lutheran Cemetery, New Haven.
Preferred memorials are to Wolf Lake Food Bank.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.