In Memoriam: James Hauth Sr. (Sept. 28, 1937 – June 23, 2022)

July 2022 Posted in Obituary

James Hauth Sr

James “Hollywood” Hauth, Sr. was born to Catherine and Wendel Hauth on Sept. 28, 1937. He was the youngest of 11 children. 

He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Fred Francis and Donald; as well as sisters, Marcella Diehl, Georgianna Hansen, Rose Sills, Mary Gore, Eleanor Whitworth and Marguerite Baune. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Kathryn. 

James is survived by his children: Lisa (John) Juhring, Lori (Kirk) Appleman, James Hauth Jr., Amy (Eric) Willcoxen, and Daniel Hauth; grandchildren: Dustin (Kim), Dillon, Dakota, and Grace Juhring, Emily and Sara Appleman, Ryan (Aubrie) Hauth and Brittany (Matt) Horne, Eric Jr., Jessica, Jacob, Evelyn, Allison, Kristina, and Emma Willcoxen, and great grandchildren: Freya Juhring, Ellison and Barett Horne; and one surviving sister, Kathleen Soderberg. He was also survived by many nieces and nephews who look on him as a second father as well as his in-laws who loved him like a brother.

Jim was born and raised in Mount Angel, Oregon, attended prep school at the Abbey where he received the nickname of “Hollywood.” He was a member of the drama club and appeared in plays in
high school.

Jim then spent four years in the Air Force and served overseas on Kwajalein Atoll. When he returned home, he worked at the Abbey printing press with his brother Francis.

Through a family connection he met Kathryn Borthwick in the autumn of 1964 and was quickly smitten. They married in August of 1965 in Albany, Oregon. They raised their five children in Mount Angel and lived there until their passing.

Jim served as a volunteer firefighter in Mount Angel for 18 years, was active in St. Mary’s Parish serving on the parish council, weekly adoration hours, as a Eucharistic minister and a lector. Jim was also active in the American Legion. He retired from the Oregon State print shop after 23 years and began a second career as a volunteer, driving for meals on wheels and medical transport for the elderly.

Jim and Kathy adored their grandchildren and loved spending time with them. “Pops” will be greatly missed by his family who will cherish their memories with him.

A rosary and funeral mass were held at St. Mary’s Parish in Mount Angel on June 29. A reception in the St. Mary’s Parish Center followed the burial service. 

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