Howard Martin Hougan, 90, died at his home in Faribault, MN, on Wednesday,
September 19, 2007, surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be held Saturday, September 22, at 6:00 p.m. at Mt. Olive
Lutheran Church in Mankato, MN, with the funeral following at 7:00 p.m.  A
second service will be held on Monday, September 24, at 11:00 a.m. at Holy
Cross Lutheran Church in Madison, WI with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens, Mineral Point Road in Madison,

Howard M. Hougan was born to Henry and Anna Hougan in Stoughton, WI.  Howard
was a retired Air Force Major, having served in the Pacific Theater during
World War II.  He married Ruby M. Holzhueter on January 1, 1946.  They were
blessed with four children: Victoria Anne Butterfield (Michael), Karen
Elizabeth Madson (Jim Bina), Kristi Marie Paterson (Richard) and Paul Howard
Hougan (Elizabeth).  His exemplary dedication to church, family and friends
was truly a witness.  In the words of one of his grandsons, łGrandpa was a
family man, a patriot, a ball player, a writer, a craftsman, and a man of
God.  He may be gone, but the lessons he has taught us in these roles will
live on!˛

Howard is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, four children and
spouses, 17 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, two brothers (Don Hougan
and Oris Hougan).   He was preceded in death by two sisters (Ruth Sagen and
Elda Rynning), a brother (Arnold Hougan), and a son-in-law (Paul Madson).

Memorials may be made to Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Bethany Lutheran
College, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, or Faribault Area Hospice.

Blessed be his memory!

Guest Book Memories Will Be Recorded Below

Jen Niebuhr
Wednesday September 26, 2007


To Howard's family, I was out of town and did not hear of Howard's passing until recently. I am sorry for your loss. Howard always made me feel welcomed and important whenever we spoke. He greeted you with a smile that could light up the darkest of places. I know you will miss him. Please know that my prayers are with you all. I know you will be strong for eachother, your faith is evident. Jen Niebuhr

Greg Anderson
Monday September 24, 2007


My deepest sympathy to all of Howard's family. The few times I was fortunate to eat with them (Christmas), I was treated with kindness. I felt like I mattered to Ruby and Howard. To all of you, I know what it is like to lose a spouse, father, father-in-law, and grandfather. You have my deepest sympathy. Many blessings to all of you. Greg

Ed and Marilyn Hall
Friday September 21, 2007


We are so very sorry to hear of Uncle Howard's passing and doubly so that we did not get to visit you before it happened. He will truely be missed by many. He was an outstanding individual. We loved him dearly.