Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at St. Augustine Catholic Church - Good Shepherd Parish in Halbur. The Celebrant will be Fr. Terry Roder. Mass servers will be Jacob Hausman, Kalie Hausman, and Cyler Thelen. Music will be by Julie Sibbel and the St. Augustine Choir. Lector for the Funeral Mass will be Vergene's son-in-law, Glenn Williams. Gift Bearers will be Vergene's granddaughters Kacey Cook, Lindsey O'Dell, Mandy Boeckman, Kayla Kopska, Kimberly Mohr, Kara Nolting, Katie Hausman, Jackie Petersen, Jessica Scott, Jenna Hausman, and Jamie Hausman. Honorary casket bearers will be Vergene's grandsons Scott Halvorsen, Keith Halvorsen, and Steve Halvorsen. Casket bearers will be Vergene's grandsons Michael Williams, Kyle Williams, Ryan Onken, Matt Hausman, Torrence Mohr, and Tyler Petersen. Burial will be in St. Augustine Cemetery in Halbur.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Additional visitation will be from 9:30-10:15 a.m. on Wednesday at the church.
Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll. Online condolences may be left for Vergene's family at www.sharpfuneral.com
Vergene, daughter of William H., Jr. and Hulda M. (Ohrt) Ruhde, was born on March 6, 1927, the youngest of five children. Her father died when Vergene was only two years old. She grew up in Manning, Iowa, and attended Manning High School. She married Louis "Speed" Hausman on April 14, 1945. Speed joined the U.S. Navy and Vergene joined him in San Diego, California, before he shipped out by bravely riding a train all the way.
Vergene and Speed raised six children in Arcadia, Iowa, during their 47-year marriage together where Speed was in the trucking business. They enjoyed being with friends and playing bingo almost every weekend. In 1975, they moved to Halbur, Iowa. In later years Vergene enjoyed working at several businesses in Halbur, retiring when she was 85.
She was a member of St. Augustine Parish in Halbur. She was also a member of the St. Augustine Ladies Guild.
Left to celebrate her life are her children, Barb (George) Halvorsen, Twin Creek, Arizona; Sue (Larry) Onken, Carroll, Iowa; Kate (Glenn) Williams, Geneseo, Illinois; Steve (Lisa) Hausman, Carroll; John (Julie) Hausman, Halbur, Iowa; Brian (Jean) Hausman, Arcadia, Iowa; as well as 18 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Vergene was preceded in death by her husband, Speed; sons-in-law George Halvorsen and Larry Onken; great-great-grandson Bryan Halvorsen; her parents; and her siblings Arlene Spack Jensen, Marjorie Loftus, Harold Rhude, and Dorothy Mae Wiese.
1945 MHS graduates: Ida Armstrong, Robert Barsby, Elmer Buschman, Clariss Christian, Donna Vee Dalgety, LaRue Dietz, Earl Fischer, Clarence Fox, Marilyn Grage, Jeanette Gruhn, Clark Hershman, Burton Hoffmann (salutatorian), Ellen Jensen, Jean Jensen, Lester Joens, Dorothy Kasperbauer, Verne Koch (valedictorian), Irma Kuhl, Bob McGrath, Don Mohr, Marjorie Mohr, Glen Mordhorst, Delores Nickum, Gladys Polzin, Donna Sander, Harold Schmidt, Russell Schroeder, Howard Schumann, Arden Smith, Leonard Stoberl, Jean Stuhr, Norma Suhr, Patricia Surridge, Lois Weems, Donald Weiskircher, Orrin Welch, Jack West, Donald Wiese
1945 former students: Bob Addison, Lyle Anthony, Gordon Boss, Viola Brandenburg, Wayne Davis, Delmas Hacker, Norma Hagedorn, Otto Harder, Harvey Hemminger, Elmer Hicks, Ronald Hobek, Ruth Kennedy, Helen Kleespies, Louise Kleespies, Grace Klyver, Bernice Lohmeier, Arlene Mastin, Donna McConnell, Waldo Puck, Vergene Ruhde, Donald Scanlan, Margie Schrum, Katherina Soppe, Robert Spangler, John Stangl, Kenten Williamson, Lucretia Wolfe
William & Johanna would be Vergene's great-grandparents
June (Jensen) & Harold Ruhde
On the Ohrt farm just across the RR tracks on the west side of West Street - now Nissen property.
June was the daughter of Mathias and Dessa (Kusel) Jensen
53 Ann Street where Harold, June and their two sons, Larry & Steve lived for many years.
Harold Ruhde boot camp, WWII
"Jimmie" Victor Frederick Richard Spack, Chuck Loftus, Marge (Ruhde) Loftus, Arlene (Ruhde) Spack
Harold Ruhde on the Ohrt farm
Harold Ruhde on the Ohrt farm
Harold Ruhde and Marian Ohrt in back with their homemade fiddles, with Shirley Ohrt in front - on the Ohrt farm
Marian married Marvin Petersen and Shirley married Virgil Reid (sons Brian & Barry)
Shirley Ohrt, Vergene (Ruhde) Hausman, Marian Ohrt, Dorothy (Ruhde) Wiese on the Ohrt farm
Mildred Ohrt, Arlene Ruhde
Mildred was the daughter of John & Katie (Frahm) Ohrt. Mildred married Vernon Plummer
Mildred graduated from MHS in 1930
Linda Spack MHS 1966 - daughter of Arlene (Ruhde) Spack
Steve Ruhde MHS 1966 - son of Harold Ruhde
Harold Ruhde - he was my (Dave Kusel) rural school bus driver for while.
Harold & June (Jensen) Ruhde
Dorothy (Ruhde) Wiese - (husband was Rockley) their sons Gary, Jack, Brad
Marge (Ruhde) Loftus - (husband was Charles) their children, Nancy, Dennis, Pamela
Lillian Ohrt (left), Hulda Ruhde seated
June (Jensen) Ruhde - Manning Creamery employee
Julius Ohrt, with daughters Marian & Shirley Ohrt on the Ohrt farm
John Deere D tractor pulling a binder
Marvin & Marian (Ohrt) Petersen April 20, 1950
Marian Ohrt graduated from MHS in 1942
Shirley Ohrt graduated from MHS in 1950
Julius Ohrt coming in with a load of corn picked by hand
Nellie (Mohr) Ohrt coming in with a load of corn picked by hand