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Verlan Wayne Hauenstein was born on Sept. 16, 1927, in rural Mahaska County. He was the third of six children that were born to Virgil Henry and Gladys (Ferguson) Hauenstein. Verlan graduated from Tracy High School in Tracy in 1946 where he played basketball, but his extracurricular activities were limited to his choring duties on the farm. Very soon following his graduation, he and Dorothy Elaine Ellis were united in marriage on Sept. 11, 1946. They couldn’t wait. They welcomed into their home, which they made together for 69 years, their only child, a daughter Cheryl Ann, on Oct. 9, 1948. Verlan was privileged and managed to work the farm where he was born and raised until Aug. 9, 2015. He planted corn and soybeans and was especially proud of his “secret” watermelon patch. Livestock was also a big part of the farm, raising cattle, hogs, sheep, chickens and geese. He maintained a lifelong interest in attending farm sales and livestock auctions. Verlan liked to hunt and fish. During the winter it was hunting time for taking rabbits, squirrels, deer and his favorite, pheasants. Fishing, on any given Sunday morning you could find him in the boat or along the riverbank. On days when he could not get out, Verlan would be found tinkering, whittling, or fixing one of his many projects. Verlan always had a project and was a very patient man. On Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, having just celebrated his 88th birthday, he passed away at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House in Pella, surrounded by his loving family. They are his wife, Dorothy Hauenstein; his daughter, Cheryl, and her husband, Gary Six of Knoxville; three grandchildren and their families: Brian Utterback and Jennifer Evans of Knoxville and his two children: Katie and Joey Utterback and their mother, Darbie Utterback; Brad Utterback and his wife, Shannon, of Tracy and their two children: Allie and Kristi; Becky and her husband, Brad Stephens of Bussey, and their two children: Jared and Peyton. Of his original family Verlan leaves two sisters: Doris Cranston of Oskaloosa, June and her husband, Harris Van Essen of Tracy; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Gladys Hauenstein; his brother, Laverne Hauenstein and his wife, Elizabeth, two sisters and their husbands: Marie and Bob Mason, Mildred and Bill Holdsworth, and a brother-in-law, Claire Cranston. Verlan was a faithful husband, devoted father, proud grandfather, proud great grandfather, and dedicated farmer. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Williams Funeral Home in Knoxville.
Published on  October 8, 2015
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