Layne Christopher Hauger
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Layne Christopher Hauger, age 15, of Yankton, South Dakota, became an angel in Heaven on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Ken Lulf and Reverend Ken Bain officiating. Burial will be in Lakeport Cemetery in rural Yankton, South Dakota. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, October 9, 2015, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton with a rosary and vigil service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the Mass at church on Saturday. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton.

Pallbearers are Tony Hauger, Nick Hauger, Shane Hauger, Zach Hauger, Vanessa McFarland, Noah McFarland, Aaron Janda, and Chris Stucky. Honorary pallbearers are Simon McFarland, Tristan Gardner, Gage Gardner, Landon Gardner, Ryder Gardner, Jack Schulte, Jhett Schulte, Owen Schulte, Rose Hauger, Anna Hauger, Mike Lane, Matt Lane, Beth Loecker, Jennifer Sandman, Sarah Loecker, Amy Fischer, and Alicia Szczesny.

Layne Christopher Hauger was born March 17, 2000, in Yankton, South Dakota to Chris and Jenni (Schwarz) Hauger.  He grew up on the farm in rural Yankton and attended Lincoln Elementary School, Yankton Middle School and was a freshman at Yankton High School.

Layne was always very active in 4-H, raising his calf Herbie, playing football, wrestling, riding motorcycles, and helping on the farm. He loved working with his uncle Danny and his dad. He was a very hard worker and was always willing to go the extra mile for anyone including mowing at Lakeport Church and planting flowers with his grandma. He was a very strong kid who earned the nickname Tuff. Layne had a great sense of humor, scaring and playing jokes on his family and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his parents, Chris and Jenni Hauger of Yankton; three siblings, Michala, Ty and Jessie Hauger all of Yankton; grandparents, Bruce and Donna Schwarz of Yankton; and several aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leo and Anna Mae Hauger; uncle, Larry Hauger, cousin, Andy Lane, and friend Timmy Kuiper.

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My sympathy to the family.

kaye lee

We are so so sorry for your loss. Layne was my son Weston's wrestling partner last year. I heard so much about him and how much he pushed Wes to improve, get stronger, but not give up. Weston has looked up to him and aspired to be a strong wrestler like Layne. Please know we are all hurting for you and thinking of you. May you find comfort in the coming days.

Heather & Bill Underwood, Weston & Coriss Schwartz

Layne was a friend of ours and we miss him very much. He always was the highlight of our day even if he was laughing at us. He always made us feel better when we were upset and was always a huge comfort. We love him so much. Amy won't be there for the funeral due to esd cross country. She wishes she could however. He will be greatly missed by us and the freshman class. We're so sorry for your loss.

Morgan Rodig and Amy Pierce

My deepest sympathy, my prayers are with you.

Lynda (Hauger) Berger

Chris and family...I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Deb (Learing) Rombough and family

We are so very sorry for your loss Jen, Chris and family. You are in our hearts and prayers at this difficult time.

Todd and Lori Rueb

I knew Layne for only a day. When Layne was in 7th grade, I was his sub for the day. He was gone from school the previous couple of days. He informed me that he was at the farm helping his dad out. He was so kind and polite as I helped him with his assignments. We spoke about life. I asked him about his plans for the future. He said that he wanted to go to the oil fields in North Dakota upon graduation. At the time, he said he wanted to be an electrician. The whole time we spent together, I kept thinking about his focus and drive. You could tell he was a strong and hard working young man. He made an impression on me in the short 50 minute class period. I'm glad we had the chance to visit. He was a delight to get to know. I'm so very sorry to hear of his passing. May Gods light shine during this difficult time.

Shelley McNatt

My deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the entire family.

Brenda Drugley

I am sorry for your loss Hauger family. Our deepest sympathy goes to your family.

Jay T Blankenfeld

My deepest condolences to Jenny, Chris, kids and whole family. I am so heartbroken to hear of Layne ' s passing. May you know you are in my heart and prayers at such a difficult time.

Sarah Sherman and family

Chris, Jenni, Michala, Ty and Jessie , you are in our thoughts and prayers. I know the boys will always have fond memories of being on the farm with your family, My boys will support Ty anytime of the day or night I am so sorry for your loss and will be praying for your family.

Sherri Schroeder & Family

Our deepest sympathy to you all.

Dave and Karen Edler

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the whole family at this very difficult time.

David and Elaine Gnirk

Jenni and family, my deepest sympathies. I will keep you in my prayers

Roxanne Johnson & Chris Savage

Chris, Jenni and family, there are just no words one can say that will make your pain any easier to bear right now. Just know that our thoughts and prayers are with you, and also know that you now have an angel in Heaven to watch over you and your family. I didn't know Layne, but knowing that he was your child, makes me also know that he was a very special young man. Love you, and sending healing hugs your way.

Jackie Peters & Terry Andersh

We are so so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God help you get through this somehow. We extend our deepest condolences to your whole family.

Tom and Sherrie Welbig

Chris, Jenni and family - our thoughts and prayers are with you all. What a wonderful video tribute to Layne. I can see that his beautiful blue eyes will certainly be missed. May your guardian angel watch and guide you all.

Gary & Kathy Wagner & Families

Our deepest sympathy to your family. Layne was a wrestling friend of our grandson, Kyler.

Merlin & Marilyn Lillie

My thoughts and prayers are with your family

Kelly Swee

Jenni & Chris, Our prayers are with you.

Dennis & Connie Stimpson

God has promised us that we'll all be reunited again. We hope u can find peace in His promise. Our heartfelt sympathies.

Jim & Mary DeLozier

Chris & Jenni, I know the words of my deepest sympathies are NOT enough for the pain you are feeling. The only words that do help are the prayers from friends & family and then the times like our Utica visits to let it all out. You know we will be there for you when you are ready. Please know we are thinking of you and praying for you.

Darrell & Mary Kay Cwach

To Michala and the Hauger Family: I extend my sincere sympathy to you and your family. I remember your grief when your cousin, Andy Lane died, and know you are grieving again. I hope and pray for your consolation, knowing you will one day be together again in that heavenly place.

Lois Varvel

we have you in our thoughts and prayers at this terrible time of loss.

Russ and Cathy Larson


My heart goes out to you and your family at this very difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Tina Johnson

Chris, Jenni and family - Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you and you loved ones at this time and into the days ahead. May God ease your sorrow, knowing that heaven has gained an extra special angel to watch over all of us. I'll bet Leo and Anna Mae are having a great time catching up.

Scott and Kristi Hauger

Chris, Jenni and family~My deepest sympathy to you. I watched the video and tears came rolling down my cheeks. Such a sweet boy. You can see he will be missed so much by his family and friends. Will keep you in my prayers.

Dee (Christensen) Herrig

Though we did not know Layne or his parents, we still pass on our sympathies for the entire family and for the grandparents, Donna & Bruce. Such an unexpected death for such a talented young man is not only a shock for the family but for his friends and others who knew him.

May God grant you healing mercies in your sorrow.

Ireland cousins to Donna

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