Lawrence (Larry) James Hauser was born December 13, 1941 in Parkston, SD to Lawrence and Lena (Kleinsasser) Hauser. He grew up in Parkston, where he attended school until he graduated in 1960. He was proud to have played on one of the undefeated Parkston High School Trojan football teams. He then received his bachelor degree in education from Southern State University in Springfield, SD in 1965.
Larry was united in marriage to Kaye Fryda on August 11, 1969 at the St. Paul Catholic Church in Armour, SD. They moved to a small acreage outside of Mitchell, SD where they raised three children.
He served 6 years in the SD National Guard with the 153rd Engineer unit, and was honorably discharged in 1967. He has been a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church and was on the Salvation Army Board.
Larry was a teacher for 32 years. He spent two years (1965-1967) in Gann Valley where he coached high school basketball and taught various subjects. He spent the next 30 years (1967-1997) teaching 7th grade science at the middle school in Mitchell, SD as well as raising a variety of livestock on the acreage. Before and after his retirement from teaching, he spent many years at the Mitchell Bowling Center as a programs director for the Special Olympics and tournaments, as well as the youth and adult leagues coordinator.
Larry loved bowling and was on two bowling teams for many years. He was inducted into the Mitchell USBC Hall of Fame in 2014. Along with bowling, he loved spending time with his grandkids, playing cards, traveling, boating/summers on the Missouri river in Chamberlain, telling jokes and stories, family gatherings, western movies, and more recently, collecting antique firearms.
He is survived by his wife, Kaye; his daughter, Shelly Hauser of Sioux Falls, SD; son, Mark Hauser of Chicago, IL and daughter, Kristi Wagner (husband, Ben Wagner) of Hutchinson, MN; two grandchildren, Morgan and Dylan Wagner of Hutchinson, MN; mother, Lena (Kleinsasser) Hauser of Parkston, SD; brother, Louis Hauser of Parkston, SD; sister, Joyce Weber of Dimock, SD; sister, Mary Ellen Pfeiffer of Yankton, SD and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence, brother-in-law, Vincent Weber, and sister-in-law, Judy Hauser.