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Richard "Rich" Haaland

September 07, 2021

Visitation - Sunday

September 12, 2021
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Olivet Lutheran Church

Prayer Service - Sunday

September 12, 2021
- 6:00 PM

Olivet Lutheran Church

Funeral Service - Monday

September 13, 2021
- 11:00 AM with a visitation one hour prior

Olivet Lutheran Church


Boulger Funeral Home

Richard "Rich" Haaland

September 07, 2021


Richard “Rich” Leslie Haaland, 75, passed away peacefully on September 7, 2021 at 11:11 pm with family by his side in his home in Fargo, ND.

Rich was born on April 1, 1946 in Sisseton, South Dakota to Milton and Agnes (Stave) Haaland. He grew up in the Webster, SD area until his family moved near Horace, ND in the early 60s. Rich graduated in 1964 from West Fargo High School and enlisted in the United States Army. He married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Janice Sauvageau on April 17, 1965 at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland. Rich was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany until 1967. At that time, he and Janice returned to Fargo. They had three children, Richard Jr., Troy, and Jodie.

Rich worked in sales for many years and continued on after retirement in a part time role with Preference Personnel which he enjoyed. Rich loved any and all woodworking projects and it showed. Everything that he made was made to last an entire lifetime. His motto was, “Build it to last or don’t do it at all.” He enjoyed hunting in his younger years and fishing with his son, Troy, in his retirement. Rich had the opportunity to travel to Europe and visit his ancestor’s homeland of Norway with Janice. They also traveled to Mexico and Belize during their retirement. He enjoyed anything to do with history. He was an avid reader and would read anything from the encyclopedias (from A-Z) to National Geographic articles to long novels. He especially loved reading materials on past wars. Rich also found great joy in playing his guitar, singing, and composing songs. He was a member of the AMVETS, DAV, American Legion and Sons of Norway, and he was a volunteer at the VA Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Janice; son, Troy; and his favorite daughter, Jodie; special family caregiver and friend, Missy Moran; grandchildren, Cole, Seth (Emily), Lincoln, and Freya; great-grandchildren, Liam and Kaiden; brothers, Milton (Margaret), James (Victoria), Gary (Jan) and Roger (Rose); sisters-in-law, Arlene Burnham, Chris Sauvageau, Joanne Haaland; and brother-in-law, Randall Pederson.

Rich was preceded in death by his son, Rick; parents, Milton and Agnes; brothers, Ronald, Elroy; sister, Amy Pederson; in-laws, Lionel and Jeannette Sauvageau; brothers-in-law, Dale and David Sauvageau and Robert Burnham.


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7 responses to “Richard “Rich” Haaland”

  1. Lolita Fischer says:

    Janice, we are so sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. Know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Rich was an awesome man. I enjoyed many conversations with him over the years and many laughs. Our dog, Morgan, will miss the many treats Rich always handed out. Just know Rick and I are always here for you.
    All our love,
    Lolita and Rick Fischer

  2. harry & t.j ratsey says:

    we are so sorry to hear about rich
    harry remembers the times of fishing with rich and his family and the many time coming over and visiting with you and rich
    rich will be missed dearly

  3. Darrell Burnham says:

    Aunt Janice,Troy and Jodie; Sandy and I are sorry for your loss. Also thankful that Rich isn’t suffering anymore. We pray that God will provide you all peace as you grieve and your hearts heal. He was a great uncle and I’ve got many fond memories of him. He let me drive his Suburban with a learners permit and put in a service breaker at our house on his last visit. He was always so kind to me, That’s what I will remember most. You all take care of each other. With this Covid mess we’re sorry to say we will not be coming your way.

    Darrell and Sandy

  4. CHERYL RUUD says:


  5. Al and Wanda zacher says:

    So sorry for your loss. Rich will be on watch from now on

  6. Marilynn Nesemeier says:

    I was so very sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. He was an awesome classmate and will be missed by all of the
    1964 class! You all are in my thoughts and many heartfelt prayers to his family.

  7. Kelsven says:

    Janice, Troy and Jodie we are so sorry for your loss.
    Enjoyed being your neighbors for years past.
    Peace to you,,
    Bill, Aldie and family Kelsven

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