Kevin Michael Hauck, age 76, left us quietly in the early morning hours of Thursday, June 15, 2023, following a four-month-long illness. He was tired. He could fight no longer. We wished him Godspeed on his journey.
His passing is such a great loss to those who knew and loved him. He was affectionately known as the K-Man by his family and friends and brightened up the room with his smile. We’re sure going to miss that smile, along with his great sense of humor, kindness of heart, easy-going nature and the wealth of useless knowledge (his words) he possessed. No matter what you were talking about, he’d know something about it. If you had a question, he had an answer. It was amazing.
Kevin was also an animal lover. The dogs in the neighborhood have to be wondering what happened to their treat man, the one who always had something for them when they walked by. He loved seeing them come.
Born September 26, 1946, in Cleveland, OH, Kevin was the youngest of five children. Because their parents had to work, his older siblings watched over him and helped raise him, creating a forever bond between them, one that only got grew stronger over the years. They laughed together, cried together, and supported each other through thick and thin. Made for wonderful memories which Kevin was always happy to talk about whenever the sibs got together. He loved them all dearly.
After graduating from St. Edward High School in 1964, Kevin joined the US Navy and served on the USS Norris during the Viet Nam War. He was proud of his service, and the skills he learned as a machinist mate formed the basis of his long careerin heavy machinery repair. He worked many years at Worthington in Cleveland and then accepted a position with Dresser-Rand, which brought him to the Cincinnati area in 1982. While he liked Cincinnati very much, he remained a diehard Browns, Indians/Guardians and Cavs fan, a source of a lot of ribbing, needless to say. He took it in stride. They remained his teams.
After years on the road, traveling from one city to another to oversee jobs, Kevin decided it was time to retire in 2014. Golfbeckoned. He was finally able to get on the course and swing away to his heart’s content. That made him an even happier man. Because he handled the schedule and dealt with the differences of opinion that would come up, he became known as the golf czar to his league mates—another name that stuck, all in good-natured fun. And fun they did have. But, as much as he enjoyed playing, Kevin always said the 19th hole was what he liked best. Sitting and talking with his buddies, having a quaff or two, just relaxing. He treasured those friendships so much. The same held true for former co-workers with whom he stayed close friends. Nothing made him happier than talking to those guys on the phone and getting together for a meal now and then– as long as it wasn’t before 9:00 in the morning. And, of course, there was his Silver Sneakers class, another close-knit group of people whom he liked a lot and enjoyed exercising with when he’d go to class. He was definitely a people person, and would do anything for anyone at any time. Loved to help out with whatever was needed. And often went above and beyond.
You leave behind your loving wife Janie (Stidham), daughter Dana and son Jason; always favorite son-in-law Tim Caldwell;your beloved grandchildren Grace, Carly, Zach and Kyle & granddog Tucker, all of whom you were so very proud and who brought you great joy; your cherished siblings Tom (Donna) and Sandy (Dale) Hendryx; dear in-laws Jerry Ryba, Vickie CorlettGreen and Scott (Tracy) Stidham; and a host of other family members and friends too numerous to list. Just know you left an imprint on all of their lives which they will carry forward. Your memory will live on.
Kevin was preceded in death by his parents Bernie and Margaret (Anderson) Hauck, his brother Bernie and sister-in-law Laurie, his sister Karen Ryba, mother-in-law Lydia Stidham and sister-in-law Polly Wilson; brother-in-laws Gerry Green and Elmer Corlett.
A Remembrance of Life ceremony will be held in Kevin’s honor on Saturday, June 24, at Crossroads Church, 4450 Eastgate S Drive, Cincinnati OH, with a visitation at 1:00 p.m., service at 2:00 p.m., and a gathering in the church hall for everyone immediately following the service. Memorial services will also be held in Cleveland, OH and Russellville, Al at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider a donation to Habitat for Humanity, the ASPCA, or charity of your choice.