1919 - 1998
1922 - 2005
Howard Hauff was born in 1919 to John and Elizabeth Hauff in Dickens Township, South Dakota. Helen (Bones) Hauff was born in 1922 to Ethel (Davis) Bones and Fred H. Bones in Parker, South Dakota. They both attended South Dakota State University where Howard graduated in 1942 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Agriculture and Bachelors of Arts degree in Journalism and Helen with a degree in Home Economics.
They married in 1942 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Soon after, Mr. Hauff was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army. He received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his exemplary service. Upon discharge, Mr. Hauff worked for the American Herford Journal of Kansas City, Missouri. In 1947, the Hauffs opened an implement company in Minnesota which they owned and operated for 18 years.
Mr.and Mrs. Hauff moved to the Yakima Valley in 1965 and founded the H.F. Hauff Company, a manufacturer of specialized agriculture equipment. Sharing a keen foresight and vision, they ran the global distribution company together.
Mrs. Hauff was the driving force behind manufacturing new equipment at H.F. Hauff Company and providing first-rate customer service. She had a unique knack for recognizing customers by the sound of their voice.
Mr. Hauff’s greatest attribute to the business was pioneering the marketing and introduction of new technology. He is acknowledged for innovating new concepts to the agriculture industry such as diesel tractors, commercial fertilizers, concentrate spraying and ground power wind machines.
Family and education were important to both Mr. and Mrs. Hauff. All four of their children received a college education, one of Mrs. Hauff’s greatest personal achievements. Beyond family and business, Mrs. Hauff had a passion for gardening. She loved to spend time in her garden tending to roses and other flowers.
Mr. Hauff took part in numerous industry and community organizations. He was a member of the Alpha Zeta, an honorary agricultural fraternal organization; Pi Kappa Delta, a national forensics society for debaters and orators; and Sigma Delta Chi, a national professional journalism organization. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Family members and friends of Howard Hauff established a scholarship fund in memory at the time of his death in 1998. The scholarship evolved to include Mrs. Hauff after her passing in 2005. The family has requested that recipients of the scholarship funds be studying for a degree in engineering or business; pursuing a career in the tree fruit industry and been raised in a family involved in the tree fruit industry.