Dennis Lee Hauck, 65, of Wilmington, Del., went home to rest with his Lord, on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 after a period of declining health.|
He was born on Sept. 25, 1946, the first of two children, to the late Walter and Mildred Hauck, of Kutztown.
He was the first in his family to attend college, receiving a degree in education at Kutztown State College in 1964 and then furthered his education, receiving a master's degree at University of Miami of Ohio, where he met his future bride, Nancy Linda Robinson. They married in June 1971, and together raised three children.
He taught high school mathematics at Tatnall School for 34 years and is fondly remembered by his former students for his vertical leap up onto students' desks, his ability to make you smile and laugh in the midst of your frustrations, his deep cheers at volleyball games, and his ability to talk to you in a way that made you feel respected and understood. He was an outstanding teacher and mentor, loved his students, and they returned that affection. Years later, it was not uncommon for former students to approach him at Homecoming celebrations, and tell him what an influence he had had on their lives.
He loved sports, especially baseball, and grew up playing them, later coaching them, and eventually cheering for his children at nearly every game they played. In his retirement, Dennis enjoyed the hobby of photography, fantasy baseball, country music, and the cowboy life, and took several trips out west to photograph the landscapes, especially the Bad Lands. His final trip was to Colorado and back, visiting children and grandchildren on the way. He enjoyed his eight grandchildren tremendously and was proud of each of them.
He taught his family to enjoy growing green things, to seek out waterfalls on every adventure, to not take yourself too seriously, but know when it's appropriate to be serious, and to put your family before your fortune. He was wise, thoughtful, and at the center of his family's heart, and he will be deeply missed. He leaves us with memories that make us smile, and a legacy of respect and making a difference in the lives of others that makes us proud.
He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church.
In addition to his wife, Nancy, of 41 years, he is survived by his three children, Sara Pineo and her husband, Ross, of Meadville, PA, Nathanael Hauck and his wife, Paula of Carmel, Ind., and Laura Johnson and her husband Aaron, of Castle Rock, Colo.; sister, Diane Berger, and her husband Michael, of Fleetwood; and grandchildren, Samuel, Rachel and Jessica Pineo, Andrew and Benjamin Hauck, and Matthew, Kiersten and Levi Johnson.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the service at Krienen-Griffith Funeral Home, 1400 Kirkwood Hwy., Elsmere, Del. on Friday evening, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. Interment in Hope Cemetery, Kutztown, on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Christ United Methodist Church, 6 N. Clifton Ave., Wilmington, DE 19805, the Tatnall School, 1501 Barley Mill Rd., Wilmington, DE 19807, or Saint Edmond's Academy, 2120 Veale Rd., Wilmington, DE 19810.
Krienen-Griffith is in charge of arrangements. Visit www.Delawarefuneral.com.
Published in www.pottsmerc.com on Sept. 6, 2012