Myron W. Haugen, 89, of Warren, MN, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2016, in his home, surrounded by his loving family and caregivers.
He was born April 7, 1927, on the family farm near Fertile, MN, to Helmer and Bergjliot (Pederson) Haugen. The third of eight children, Myron grew up working on the farm, raising animals and learning the work ethic that would serve him the rest of his life.
He graduated from high school at the age of 17, and had to get permission from his parents to enlist in the Army. Upon entering, he served for a while in the US, before being sent to Germany.
Myron’s life changed forever June 15, 1946, when he met Irmy Schubert-Schroeder in Germany, at a dance while off-duty. He spent the next three months falling in love, only to have to return to the US.
After being honorably discharged, and working for two years, selling nearly everything that was his on the farm, Myron saved up enough money to bring Irmy home, and they were married Sept. 23, 1948, making their home in Grand Forks, ND.
The couple lived in Litchfield, Dassel, and Devils Lake, ND, while raising their growing family. In 1970, Myron and Irmy made a leap of faith and sold the family’s home, investing everything in their new business in Devil’s Lake, Nordic Fiberglass Incorporated.
In the early years, Myron and Irmy had two employees, shared a desk, and worked long hours. The business grew under Myron’s leadership and in April of 1985, the Nordic plant was opened in Warren, MN. The company continues to operate in both locations.
Just as Myron was ready to retire, tragedy struck the family when their son, Greg, died April 21, 1989. After that, Myron redoubled his efforts at the office and never officially retired.
For everything that he accomplished, and his generosity to his community, Myron never took credit, always telling others that it was all due to his “Friend up there.” His faith ran deep, influencing his actions and inspiring others to live the same way.
Myron taught Sunday school and was church treasurer in both Litchfield and Dassel, was a longtime member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Warren, and was named the Builder of the Year for the City of Warren.
Myron will be remembered for his great love for his wife, Irmy, and for making their marriage an example of building the other up, for his compassion, and for being a gentleman in every circumstance.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Irmy; his daughters, Carol Stabenow, of Stillwater, Patricia (Paul) Gust of Eagan, Nancy Haugen of Stillwater, Linda (Tim) Conely, and Susan (David) Haugen-Sumner, all of Warren; 10 grandchildren: Matt, Nate, Alex, Zach, Chris, Jesse (Jena), Kristen, Jen, Casey (Samantha), and Miranda; and five great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Brody, Jayda, Amora, and Jacob.
Myron is further survived by siblings Betty (Erman) Ueland, Beverly (David) Duckstad, Yvonne (Lyle) Nelson, Howard (Elizabeth) Haugen, and Lois (Dale) Bauer; sister-in-law, Irene Haugen; and by his dear Buster and Mimi.
In addition to his son, Greg, Myron was preceded in death by his parents; siblings LuVerne (Bill) Swanson, and Gene Haugen; son-in-law, Mark Stabenow; and his parents-in-law, Wilhelm and Helene Schroeder.
The funeral service took place Tuesday, July 19 at 1 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Warren. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery in Warren.
There was visitation Monday, July 18 from 5 to 7 p.m., with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service, at the church, continuing Tuesday one hour prior to the services.
Arrangements were with DuBore Funeral Home of Warren; www.duborefuneralhome.com.