John A. Haugen, 51, Minot died on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, in a Minot hospital.
John was born on March 17, 1961, in Minot, to John and Carol (Getzlaff) Haugen. He was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at an early age and fought the afflictions of this disease his entire life. He was reared and educated in Minot and graduated from Minot High School in 1980. As a young adult he worked on a seismograph crew in several states during the oil boom of the 1980s. He returned to Minot, where he was employed in the retail grocery business in various capacities, eventually becoming produce manager. He retired due to ill health following a 30-year career in the grocery business.
John married Kimberly Flory on June 23, 2007, in Minot, with his dad serving as his best man. He made it known to everyone that these were the happiest years of his life. He was a kind-hearted friend and beloved son, husband, brother, uncle and grandpa.
John was a skilled bowhunter in his youth. He had a lifelong love of dogs and for the Minnesota Vikings. He was an avid weightlifter for many years until a back injury forced him to stop. Also, he especially enjoyed NASCAR and collecting NASCAR memorabilia. He attended Bread of Life Lutheran Church, Minot.
John's loving family includes: his wife, Kim; stepson, Derek (Chelsea) Flory, of Bismarck; granddaughter, Addyson, of Bismarck; father, John Haugen, of Minot; sisters, Carmen (Jim) Dolbeare, of Willow City, Kim (Vaughn) Fiskum and Kelly (Tony) Voeller, all of Minot, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
John was preceded in death by his loving mother, Carol.
Celebration of the Life of John Haugen: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012,at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Luncheon: Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Bistro at Edgewood Vista, Minot.
Interment arrangements are pending.
Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: Are preferred to the Camp Sioux Diabetes Youth Camp, c/o the family.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).