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Henry HAUGEN Obituary

Henry Haugen, Norwegian to the core and born to Norwegian emigrants Niels and Hildur Haugen on June 28, 1933, left to captain his own ship on April 25, 2013. Growing up living in many coastal communities from Hawaii, Alaska, New London and Florida while his father pursued his Coast Guard career, Henry followed his father's career path and was accepted into the US Coast Guard Academy, graduating in 1955. His first assignments were on the icebreaker Northwind, where he toured the Arctic and Antarctic. He then served on the Coast Guard cutter Mallow, a buoy tender on the Oregon coast. He attended George Washington University and obtained his law degree in 1964. He subsequently served on special assignment to the admiralty and shipping section of the US Dept. of Justice in San Francisco, receiving many commendations for his work. Henry considered his best assignment as commanding officer of the buoy tender Buttonwood while stationed in Hawaii. He then served on tours as legal officer in Seattle and as West Coast military judge. He retired from the Coast Guard in 1975 after 20 years of service. He then practiced maritime law in Seattle, focusing on fisheries and other maritime matters before retiring from the practice in January of 2012. As a member of Ballard Rotary, the Norwegian Commercial Club, the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce, and on the board and president of the Norse Home, Henry was very involved with civic volunteerism. Henry was a family man, taking great pride in his family and children. He is survived by his wife, Charlette Haugen, four children from his first marriage, Kari Haugen (Carl Botterud), Lisa Haugen (Greg Smith), Marc Haugen (Jill Goldring) and Hayes Haugen (Mindy Brown-Haugen) and eight grandchildren, Maggie, Anna, Benjamin, Elsa, Stuart, Henry Christian, Solveig and Porter. Two sisters also survive him, Margaret Farstad from Aalesund, Norway, and Anne Haugen, Seattle. A ceremony celebrating Henry's life will take place at the Leif Erickson Hall, 2245 NW 57th St., Seattle, WA, 98107 on May 11, 2013 at 11am. A light lunch will follow. Complimentary parking will be provided at American West Bank or Wiggen and Sons Funeral Home. Private interment will be at Acacia Memorial Park, 14951 Bothell Way NE, Seattle, WA 98155. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to a . Please feel free to sign Henry Haugen's online guest book at
Published in The Seattle Times from May 4 to May 5, 2013
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