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Richard R. Hauser

June 19, 1944 – Jan. 8, 2022

Richard R. Hauser, 77, Carmel and Westfield, passed away Jan. 8, 2022.

He was born June 19, 1944 in Pittsburgh, Pa., son of the late Ernest and Rita (Wolfenberger) Hauser.

Mr. Hauser was a graduate of Eastmoor High School, Columbus, Ohio. He continued his education at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio and earned his MBA at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio in 1978.

As a US Navy veteran, he served his country during the Vietnam War, stationed in Iceland, where he was awarded a letter of commendation for efficiency recommendations.

During the years of working as a business executive and in leadership roles, he was with multiple companies in Ohio and Michigan before moving to Indiana. From 1982-1988, he worked as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Operations at Que Corp., which was a leading computer book publisher. From 1989-1998, he worked as CFO and then President at Howard W. Sams Co., a leading technical publisher. He enjoyed being a consultant to small businesses from 1998-2010, during which time he was invited to be a guest lecturer at Capital University in Columbus. He worked as the Controller at Whitesell Corporation from 2011-2014. He worked as an executive at American Fasteners, Whitesell Corporation, Midwest Graphics and Hoosier Trim before his recent retirement. The highlight of his career was owning and managing Howard W. Sams with business partner, Damon Davis during the 1990s. They purchased the company from Macmillan, then sold to Bell Atlantic (now Verizon).

Mr. Hauser felt honored to have had the privilege to personally meet such dignitaries as Margaret Thatcher, Jack Kemp, Colin Powell, and Dan Coats. He loved being a part of the Honor Flight and the experience of seeing the Washington DC monuments and meeting Bob Dole.

He received the 1990 “New Venture of the Year” as well as the MBA Alumni Award in 2000 from Capital University.

He was known as a dedicated, hardworking, loving husband, father, and grandfather, who took great joy in the accomplishments of his family. He loved high school football and several of his teammates went on to play collegiate and NFL football.

Survivors include his devoted wife, Nancy L. Hauser; sons, Mark R. Hauser of Pekin, Ind. and Craig A. (Shannon) Hauser of Charlotte, N.C.; daughter, Jen N. Hauser of Birmingham, Ala.; grandchildren, Max, Karl, Conrad and Lorelei Hauser; sister, Elaine (Don) Lakin of Dublin, Ohio; brother-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews.

Visitation will take place Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 from 12 noon-2 pm at Bussell Family Funerals, 1621 E. Greyhound Pass, Carmel, where a Funeral Service for the family will begin at 2 pm. A Committal Service will follow in Carmel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be given to Indy Honor Flights, P.O. Box 10, Plainfield, IN 46168 or indyhonorflight.org or Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Bussell Family Funerals is privileged to assist the family in arrangements.