Jimmy D. "Jim" Hauser, 64, of Huron, went home to be with the Lord early Sunday morning, May 23, 2010, at his home after a 2 1/2 year battle with sarcoma.
He was born April 30, 1946, in Fostoria, Ohio. Jim graduated in 1964 from Fostoria High School where he excelled at football, basketball and track, lettering all four years. He was inducted in to the Fostoria High School Hall of Fame in 2007 and in 2008. Jim attended The University of Toledo on a full-ride scholarship for football. While in Toledo, he played varsity football, ran track and was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. After graduating in 1968 with a Bachelor's degree in Comprehensive Science and Physical Education, he accepted his first teaching and coaching position at his alma-mater, Fostoria High School. He taught biology and physical education and was an assistant coach in boys basketball, football and track.
In 1973, Jim was hired as Perkins High School Head Football Coach in Sandusky. In 1975, Perkins won its first SBC football championship with a 9-1 record. Hauser also had a long tenure as the head girls basketball coach. He initiated the Perkins elementary girls basketball program and was co-founder of the Sandusky Area Girls Summer League. His 25-year career as head boys track coach was highlighted by Perkins' first state championship in 1984. He was inducted into the Perkins High School Hall of Fame.
Hauser was the State Honored Coach of the Year in 1990 and was inducted into the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 1998. Hauser also initiated a track invitational, "The Pirate Relays," which has been renamed The Jim Hauser Pirate Relays. Coach Hauser was one of the most accomplished coaches in the history of Perkins Schools. He had the honor of being the only head coach to win an SBC Championship in three different sports. Coach Hauser served as President of Perkins Education Association; was Perkins very first Faculty Manager, and served as Chair of the Perkins Physical Education Curriculum Committee.
Jim was an active member of St. Stephen United Church of Christ since 1973 where he served as a member and president of church council, trustee chairman, Sunday school teacher, and was an active member of senior choir, bell choir and was percussionist for the praise band.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jacqueline K. (Edwards) Hauser, whom he married June 17, 1967; four daughters, Kaylin (Steve) Schaefer of Sandusky, Kelly (Donnie) Gardner of Taylors, S.C., Kristi (Jason) Sas of Huron and Karla (Keith) Gailey of Simpsonville, S.C.; 13 grandchildren, Olivia, Maddie, Benjamin and Kyle Schaefer, Alex, Evan and Sara Gardner, Ryan, Austin Sas and another grandson in July, and Kassidy, Kaleb and Karson Gailey; two brothers, Bob (Marilyn) Hauser of Fostoria and Don (LaVonne) Hauser of Indio, Calif.; four nieces and one nephew; and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carlton Herman and Jean Katherine (Englert) Hauser; grandparents; aunts and uncles.
Friends may call 2-8 p.m. Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. Friday until funeral services at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen United Church of Christ, 905 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky. The Rev. Jerald Fenske will officiate. At his request, cremation will follow the service. Inurnment will be later in St. Stephens United Church of Christ Columbarium.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to St. Stephen United Church of Christ Senior Choir Fund, 905 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870 or to the Jim Hauser Sarcoma Foundation, Inc., 3416 Campbell St., Sandusky, OH 44870.
Your memories and words of comfort may be expressed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Arrangements are entrusted to David F. Koch Funeral Home, 520 Columbus Ave., Sandusky.