Sept. 21, 1924 - Aug. 17, 2012
James Irwin Haugen passed away August 17, 2012, in Redmond, OR. James was born Sept. 21, 1924, to Ella and Peder Haugen, Norwegian- Americans. Jim grew up in Garden Grove, CA, and at 17 was drafted into Patton's 3rd Army Artillery Unit in France.
After WWII, he returned to So. California, and graduated from high school. Jim went to work for Pacific Electric, and then Southern Pacific Railroad, ending his career of 40 years in Eugene, OR. Jim retired in Redmond, where he has lived the last 20 years. Jim attended Zion Lutheran Church in Redmond and was a loyal member, and made many friends there.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Fern Shuhart; and daughters, Lynne (John) Besbekos, Joyce (Derek) Arita; granddaughters, Lauren and Jillian Gomez; nieces, Kathy (Ray) Lilleby and Christine Ulberg. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Irene Leivan; sister, Blanche (Howard) Ulberg; nephew, Cy Ulberg.
A private burial was held August 21, 2012, at Redmond Memorial Cemetery. A celebration of Jim's life will be held Monday, August 27, 2012, at 11:00 a.m., at the Zion Lutheran Church in Redmond.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to your favorite charity in Jims name, is appreciated. Redmond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Please sign our guest book at www.redmondmemorial.com