Clifford Wayne Haugen of Anoka, Minnesota died peacefully at his home on September 13, 2022. A memorial celebration will be held on Saturday September 24, 2022 at Concordia Language Villages 11380 Turtle River Lake Rd, Turtle River, MN at 1:00pm. Please note, if you are attending go to the address listed, not the main villages. An inurnment with military honors will follow at 4:00pm at Pine Ridge Cemetery Turtle River. He was 76 at his death.
Cliff was born February 6, 1946 to parents Kenneth and Pauline (Souder) Haugen in Bemidji, MN. He spent his first two years in Vanport, Oregon until the Columbia River flood in 1948. The family moved back to Minnesota. Cliff attended a one room school in Tenstrike for kindergarten and first grade. Then they moved to Alexandria where Cliff remembered his paper route and a happy childhood. In 1960 they moved to Bemidji where he made pizzas and attended BHS, Class of 64, and BSU, eventually graduating from there. After completing chef school, he was drafted into the Army in September 1966. He rose to the rank of Captain and served a tour in Vietnam as an Artillery Officer. After separating from active duty, Cliff tried out several jobs. Most notably farmer and social worker in Cloquet, MN; labored in the "oil patch" and was a waiter at a yacht club in Oklahoma; a registered nurse at Abbot Northwestern hospital in Minneapolis, MN. Cliff loved being a nurse.
Cliff married Sue Isle in 1966, Barbara Cole in 1976, and on July 27, 1996 he married Pamela Norby. Pam and Cliff had dated at 15, went their separate ways, reunited in 1985 and continued their love story until his death. Pam and Cliff loved to garden and travel and share the proceeds of those endeavors with family and friends. Cliff was very environmentally conscious, never saw a plant he didn't want, had a unique sense of humor, was intelligent, generous, and loving.
Cliff is survived by sons Todd Hall and Dorian Haugen, stepchildren Dawn Carpenter and Darren Carpenter (Melissa Kloehn), grandchildren Cody and Neil Hall, Zachary McDermott, and Madelyn Haugen, sisters Yvonne (Scott) Sander, Elaine Erickson, Glennis Haugen, brothers Dennis and Kenneth (Diane) Haugen, many nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sisters Kathy and Carmen. He will be missed.
"I barely remember a time when I did not know the Haugen family. Clifford was older than me, so as a kid I did not talk with him much because he was just a brother to my friends. Later in life, we talked and he offered his view of seeing and appreciating people in their current stages of life. It was an insightful lesson that I appreciated, and one that I still carry with me today. I offer my condolences to Pam and, of course, Dennis, Yvonne, Elaine, Glennis and Kenny. May Clifford rest in peace."
"He struggled to live a full life , and was so successful at being a kind, strong, humorous individual. We will remember him always, I?m planting an orchid in my yard so I have a reminder of him. ( Or I could just eat some lefse and sauerkraut)"
"You have always found me no matter where I was. I know you will find me again when my time has come. I will miss you but I will go on w life as I know you would want me to. Thank you for the wonderful life we had, sending love."