Caledonia – Colonel John Phillip Haumersen USA retired, 87, passed away at All Saints hospital on Monday, February 29, 2016. He was born in Racine on January 20, 1929, son of the late Milton and Grace (nee: Schultz) Haumersen. Following his graduation from Wm. Horlick High School in 1947, John entered the United States Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1951. On May 16, 1953 he was married to Elsie Gawry at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
John served with pride for 24 years in the army. During his career he did 2 tours in Korea during the war, and enjoyed multiple assignments throughout the US and overseas before he retired in 1975. After leaving the army he ventured into real estate, and was a corporate project management consultant. Following his retirement, John liked traveling with Elsie; visiting friends and family; and spending winters in Mexico. John also enjoyed golf, and was a member and league treasurer for the Washington Park Retired Men’s Golf Club. John was a faithful parishioner of St. Rita Catholic Church.
John is survived by his wife, Elsie Haumersen, their children, Mary (John) Pierce, Jay (Cindy) Haumersen, Lee (Tina) Haumersen, and Lyn (Elizabeth) Haumersen; 18 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 7 great-great grandchildren; sister, Judy (Arthur) Grebetz; sister-in-law, Jan Haumersen; brother-in-law, Joe (Betty) Gawry; as well as many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, James Haumersen; sisters-in-law, Eva Gawry, Mary Kelly, and Helen Hanson; and his aunt, Irene Haumersen
A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 7, 2016 at 11am in St. Rita’s Parish, 4339 Douglas Avenue, with Fr. Richard A. Young, O.S.A. officiating. Interment and military honors will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Sunday afternoon from 2pm – 4pm; and on Monday in the church beginning at 10am. Memorials to St. Rita Parish; or American Cancer Society have been suggested.