A Funeral Service will be held at St. Mary’s Central High School gymnasium on May 30 at 11:00 a.m.  Presiding will be Monsignor Thomas Richter and the Very Reverend Jared Johnson. A private family burial will take place at Mandan Union Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday, May 29th from 5-8 at Bismarck Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service.
Roger would like you to know that his work here on earth is done.  He received a call, the sort of offer that you can’t refuse and from which he will not be returning.  This new offer came with a huge sign-on bonus and a reunion with family and friends he has not seen in a long time.  Job security is 110 percent.  His new mission takes him to a wonderful place where he will be teaching and coaching to his heart’s content. He left detailed instructions for his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to celebrate his new mission which are now being followed. Didn’t he do a wonderful job with his old mission?  He will be remembered for his tremendous love of family, friends, students, athletes and colleagues.  He worked very hard his entire life, gave his all until the very end and made a wonderful difference in the lives of so many.  We invite you to join us and celebrate together.
Roger Stanley Haug was born June 3, 1941 at Maddock, ND to Stanley and Alpha (Cors) Haug. He started his new mission on May 22, 2018.  He graduated from Dickinson High School and from Dickinson State University.  He received his Masters Degree from the University of Montana at Missoula. 
Roger and Suzanne Clark were married on May 1, 1963.  This year Roger and Sue celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. They spent their lives in Bismarck and Mandan, ND.  Roger is survived by his wife, Suzanne;  sons  Michael (Peg), Craig (Kris), Patrick (Margie) and daughter Michele (Kelly);  grandchildren: Kris (Adam) and Joe Vetter, Nicolette and Jay Haug, Kiana and Kaylyn Haug, Maxwell and Camden Rydquist;  great-grandchildren: Amari Haug, Raya, Jordyn and Davis Rood. He is also survived by his brother Dick (Meroe); niece Lisa (Mark) Hatlestad and nephews Mitchell and Jaden Hatlestad; and his mother’s sister, Lee Kirkey.
 He was preceded in death by his father Stanley and mother Alpha.
Roger began his teaching and coaching career of 55 years at St. Mary’s Central High School in Bismarck in the autumn of 1963. While there he wore every hat imaginable – math instructor, coach, janitor and even principal.   He joined the University of Mary staff in the autumn of 1987 as an assistant professor and assistant football coach.  From 1990 through 2003 he led the Lady Marauder women’s basketball program, winning an NAIA Division II national title in 2000.  After retiring from the University he returned to St. Mary’s Central High School as a teacher of AP/dual credit classes in Calculus and Statistics.  He re-joined the coaching staff and helped with girls basketball and as assistant in football  to his best friend in the world, Dan Smrekar.
So what kept Roger coming back, year after year, for half a century?  Quoting him “The reward in coaching and teaching is the former students coming back and hearing them say ‘You helped me become a man or lady’. I teach math and hear students who say ‘I can’t do that’ and then all of a sudden the light goes on”.  Roger has been turning on the light for hundreds of students and was notorious for talking very loud in the classroom and on the field.  He wanted his students to do things right.  He always said the classroom gave him a contact with students that he did not coach and also allowed him to interact with athletes in a setting that was not so intense. 
Roger always believed that aspirations should be realistic ones, not something out of reach.  His 1999-2000 team had lofty expectations.  They wanted to advance to the National Tournament and win more than 2 games.  That would be the farthest a U-Mary team ever advanced but the team had some adversity that season. They went 1-2 on a trip to California, they lost their starting forward and top scorer to a knee injury and they were defeated by Dickinson State soundly shortly before nationals. To qualify for the national tournament they had to win the NDCAC tournament which they did and entered the tournament seeded 15th.  On the way to Sioux City for the Nationals the bus broke down and the team began a “baseball” game by rolling up tape into balls and used sticks as bats.  Mary won five games at the National Tournament including a victory over defending national champion Shawnee State in the 2nd round.  They defeated 3 of the top 5 teams in that tournament.  It was a truly magical season for his blue collar ladies.  But Roger always said this team was not the most talented he coached.  That team was his 1993/94 team and he always blamed himself for their loss in the 1st round of that tournament because he did not understand that having depth is a key to winning at the national tournament level.  His teams never went away from a man-to man defense and played what he called “GMA” – general milling around!  The modern day name for GMA is called motion.  He believed in man-to-man – it didn’t matter if they were outsized or if the other team was quicker.  “Some people would call that bad coaching, but it’s what I believed in”.
Over the years Roger developed ominous heart problems but that was managed by a defibrillator/pacemaker. In that last 6 months of life he developed leukemia in the red blood cells and he fought that disease with the same intensity that he had in the classroom, on the basketball court and football field.  His family extends a special thank you to our Home Health Care provider, Grant Wilz, the FABULOUS Nursing providers of the 4th floor at St. Alexius, to Krissy and Joe Vetter, both RN’s, for their help in understanding medical procedures and terminology and to Dan Smrekar. Tom Stebner and Alexa Hutzenbiler for their many visits and constant showing of love for Roger.  Suzanne wishes to thank the kids, grandkids and Jean and Fred Rusch for their unconditional love and help these past weeks. And last but certainly not least the tremendous outpouring of love and support by his former students and athletes.  We know he has already found a classroom with a CHALK board, is covered in chalk dust and is teaching “old style” math to his new group of students perhaps with a garbage can on his head!!
IT’S BEEN A GOOD RUN”
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in support of St. Mary’s Central High School students enrolled in advanced Mathematics courses.  Please make checks payable to Light of Christ Roger Haug Memorial.

 



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Bismarck Funeral Home
3723 Lockport St
Bismarck, ND 58503-5537
(701) 223-4055


Site designed and maintained by KK BOLD Copyright 2013 Bismarck Funeral Home

Bismarck Funeral Home
3723 Lockport St  |  Bismarck, ND 58503-5537
(701) 223-4055


Site designed and maintained by KK BOLD Copyright 2013 Bismarck Funeral Home