Leonard Haugen, Sr.

Leonard Haugen, Sr., 84, of Britt, died Friday, July 6, 2018, in his home with his family by his side. He was born on April 25, 1934, to Anton and Elizabeth (Olson) Haugen in Virginia. Len graduated from Virginia High School in 1952 and joined the Navy in 1954. He worked as a pipe-fitter aboard the U.S.S. Fort Snelling on its maiden voyage. After the Navy, Leonard married Sharon Pietrini of Virginia in 1960, and together they had five children.

Early on, Len worked as a carpenter alongside his father and was later employed with other construction companies. Following that, he worked in building maintenance with the MN Department of Transportation for 25 years.

Len was known for his strong work ethic and ability to fix anything. He and his Dad built the home in Britt that he and Sharon raised their family in and lived in for 48 years. Always willing to help others, Len worked on many projects for family and friends over the years. Len loved fishing, golfing, playing poker and taking saunas. Most of all, he loved his family and was very proud of his children and grandchildren. His best times were spent with family and his beloved wife, Sharon.

He is survived by his Wife of 58 years: Sharon; Sons: Leonard and Anthony (Joanne); Daughters: Therese (David) Rasch and Kathleen (Stephen) Praska; Special nephew: Michael (Kerry) Pietrini; Grandchildren: Karly Haugen, Grant, Madeline and Nicholas Haugen, Jacob, Rachel, and Allison Rasch, Abigail and Isabel Praska, Peyton and Gage Pietrini; Brothers: Earl and Leighton; Sister: Donna Bachman; and numerous beloved family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Raymond, Melvin and Harvey; and infant daughter, Colleen.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 12, at Range Funeral Home at 1 p.m. with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Nathan Sager will officiate. Memorials are preferred to the Olcott Park Fountain Fund. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guestbook or to send condolences, visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

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