Robert Joseph Hauer, 69
Robert Joseph Hauer, age 69, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, surrounded by his family.
A memorial service will be held at a date in early summer. Any memorials will go toward a bench and landscaping, complete with some of Bob's flowers, at Garnant Park in New Hampton.
Bob is survived by his wife, Barb of Waucoma; children, Kurt (Beatrice) Hauer of Hobbs, New Mexico, and Sarah (Mike) Charbon of Tiffin; grandchildren, Matthew and Madeline Charbon and Allyson and Alexander Hauer; sisters, Marilyn Hauer of Iowa City, Cathy Sands of Chico, California, and Dorothy (Clair) Huber of New Hampton; and nephew Jason Sands.
He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Bill Sands.
Bob was born on Jan. 19, 1951, the son of Conrad and Elaine Hauer. He was an adventurer in his younger years, starting as preteen when he rode his bicycle from Waucoma to West Union without the knowledge of his parents.
He also liked to defend himself while telling the story of how he climbed the farm’s silo to get a better look at a tornado by saying the tornado was moving away from the farm. Much to his parents’ chagrin, he also climbed the silo to plant a pirate flag.
He continued his adventures while attending UNI, where he was on the gymnastic team. Summers while in college he would travel by hitchhiking, to, among other places, Yellowstone, Arizona and Texas.
He also spent time in Florida, where he was employed as a personal trainer. One of his favorite things to brag about, with a twinkle in his eye, was that he kayaked from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean.
When Bob married the love of his life, Barb Hayes, in 1976, he settled down and they raised two children, Kurt and Sarah, who were the center of his universe.
Bob worked at a variety of jobs, including teaching, construction and landscaping, but his favorite job was when he organized the Northeast Area Tumbling Organization (NEATO) and taught tumbling to two generations of students. He was a master gardener and worked for the Chickasaw County Extension Service, giving advice to those in need and holding “bug camps” for young kids.
He also was the owner/operator of Hauer Landscape and Maintenance, and his work graced the homes of many gardens in Northeast Iowa.