Arthur Joseph “Joe” Hauck III
December 2, 1939 – September 11, 2012
Arthur “Joe” Hauck, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and nephew passed away from complications following lung surgery, on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, in Yuba City, CA with family by his side.
Joe was born on December 2, 1939, in Decatur, Ill., to Arthur Hauck and Mary Hauck. His family moved to Redwood City, CA when he was 8 years old. He attended Sequoia High School in Redwood City, where he met the love of his life, Donna. They were married on August 2, 1958 and had just celebrated 54 years together. Joe and Donna started their family together in 1959. Four children were born in this marriage, Cheryl, Brian, Cathy and Steven. Brian passed away from cancer at the age of 11 and Steven passed in 2011 from complications of a severe auto accident.
Joe spent 19 years in the Retail Clerks Union, working for Fry’s Food Stores in San Jose, CA. He then followed his dream of purchasing and running his own grocery store when he re-located his family to Alleghany, CA in 1976 and purchased the local grocery store (Alleghany Supply Co.) and gas station. He then went on to work for Sierra County Road Department where he was lead-man and spent the winters plowing snow and the rest of the year maintaining and building the local roads around Alleghany for 18 years. After an early retirement he worked for Vector Engineering in Grass Valley, CA for their soils lab.
During his 36 years in Alleghany he spent many years as a volunteer fire fighter and Fire Chief for the Alleghany Volunteer Fire Dept. He was also known for his many years as a member of the Board of Directors and maintenance personnel for the Alleghany County Water District. It was not unusual to find Joe driving his tractor around town during the snow season so residents could use their driveways. Anyone who knew Joe knew that he was not one to just sit around. He always had a project going or his gardens to tend to.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Mary Hauck, his two sons, Brian Keith Hauck, Steven Michael Hauck and his grandson, Christopher Thompson.
He is survived by his wife Donna Hauck, daughters Cheryl (Mark) Thompson of Yuba City and Cathy (Joe) Matthews of Boise, Idaho, 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Helen Ferretti, 2 nieces, 5 nephews and several cousins. And we can’t forget his special pal, ‘Rocket”.
He was a member of the Nevada City Elks Lodge, the Nevada City RV Club, and loved to volunteer his help to the Nevada City Soroptimist of which his wife was a member. He loved to travel to the ocean in his motor home, especially to Bandon, OR for his annual “crabbing” trip with family and friends, taking trips to Hawaii and cruising the oceans.
Joe will be deeply missed by many. Whether you were family or friend, he was always there for you. There will be a Memorial Service on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at the Nevada City Elks Lodge, at 1:00pm. You may call 530-287-3220 for more information. Donations may be made to Alleghany Volunteer Fire Dept. or a charity of your choice.