Albert E. Hauenstein, 101, passed away on January, 15th, 2022. He was born in Tell City, Indiana on July 16, 1920 to Albert Sr. and Katie (Ahlf) Hauenstein.
Albert graduated Tell City High School in 1938 and attended Purdue University. He joined the US Navy and served on the USS Chauncey naval destroyer ship during WWII in the Pacific Theater as a firecontrolman. After the war, he went into the multi generational family owned clothing store Hauenstein's in downtown Tell City. He married Kathleen Snyder in 1951 and had 6 children including 2 sets of twins.
Albert believed in living life to the fullest. He was a true family man, devoted husband and proud father of his 6 children. He would often fly the skies as an avid private pilot, glider pilot, tow pilot, and glider flight instructor. Al was loved and respected by friends, customers and coworkers alike. He was an approachable, kind person with a room-brightening smile and extraordinary personality.
Al loved his hometown and worked in multiple ways for the betterment of his community. In addition to owning and operating Hauenstein's Store, he also owned Downtown Storage in Tell City. He was always busy on the home front tending to his pecan and walnut trees, enjoying the Gatchel family farm, where he made coutless memories with his entire family. He attended various car venues with his son John, showing and riding in his vintage 1967 Saab Monte Carlo automobile.
Albert was Tell City's 2015 Distinquished Citizen and 2021 Grand Marshall of the Tell City Christmas Parade; was a lifetime member of E&R/EUCC Church where he sang in the choir; was a past president of the Jaycees, Kiwanis and Wabash Valley Soaring Assoc. Clubs; was a member of the Tell City Historical Society; is a Perry County Indiana First Family Direct Decendant dating from the Swiss Colonization Society; was a Distinquished Hoosier awarded by Governor Daniels; received the State of Indiana Century Business Award from Govenor Holcomb; was a Kentucky Colonel and member of the American Legion.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Katie and Albert Hauenstein, Sr.; brother Kay Hauenstein, sisters Caroline Hauenstein and Edna Licking. His wife of 64 years, Kathleen (Snyder) Hauenstein, granddaughter Tori Kay Hauenstein.
He is survived by children Carol Henke (Wayne) of Greenwood, Indiana; Jan Hauenstein of Tell City, Indiana; David Hauenstein (Carolyn) of Elizabethtown, Kentucky; Nena Manci (Tony) of Franklin, Tennessee; Sarah Katherine Hauenstein (Lew Manci) of Columbus, Indiana; John A. Hauenstein (Rhonda) of Tell City, Indiana. Grandchildren Ryan Hauenstein, Andrew Manci, Lisa Manci, Erika McClain, Audra Van Doorn, Samantha Manci and Alyssa Henke. Great grandchildren Maryn Manci and Winston McClain. Two nieces and three nephews.
The family would like to extend our gratitude to all friends who have supported Al and those involved in his medical care.
Services will be 11:00am Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at EUCC Church in Tell City with burial in Greenwood Cemetery in Tell City, beside his beloved wife and granddaughter.
Visitation will be Tuesday, January 18, 2022 from 2:00pm to 7:00pm at Zoercher Gillick Funeral Home and from 9:00am to service time Wednesday at EUCC Church in Tell City, Indiana
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Tell City Historical Society, EUCC Church or plant a tree in his memory.
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