Katherine “Katie” Hauger, 23

Our beautiful, strong and courageous Katie was born July 18, 1996. She peacefully went to live with our Lord and Savior on October 10, 2019.

From the beginning, she was a daddy’s girl who loved bright colors and bling! At 3 years old, she received the blessing of her quiet, reserved sister and best friend, Marie. She so loved her little sister!

Katie was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was almost 6. This is a lung and digestive disease that is a genetic, life threatening illness. Katie didn’t let this disease define her life; neither did she allow it to limit her dreams and aspirations. When Katie was 9, she was granted a wish through the Make A Wish Foundation. She chose to meet John Schneider and Tom Wopat of the original Dukes of Hazzard series. This was one of the great highlights of her life.

Katie was again blessed with big sister status when her brother, Kevin, was born in 2010. Katie immediately fell in love with her little Kevin. She quite often called him Bubbie. Kevin couldn’t say her name when he was little, so he starting calling her DayDay. Katie became DayDay to all of Kevin’s friends, as well.

Katie was a friend to so many! She always had a best friend. It may change who the best friend was depending on the day, and we would laugh about this. That is just how Katie rolled. She was involved in tap dance, played basketball and softball in her elementary years and was a cheerleader in high school. She even cheered at the Pro Bowl her senior year! She graduated from Grangeville High School in 2014.

Katie went on to attend Lewis Clark State College for 2 years, studying Graphic Design. Following college, she was briefly married. We are so thankful she had her beautiful day!

Looking back at Katie’s life, we have no regrets. We traveled together, prayed together, laughed together, cried together. Dinnertime was always around the table. God has blessed us with a beautiful daughter and sister that laughed loudly, loved deeply and never lost her zest for life. Though our hearts are broken, we have peace knowing she is with Jesus. She has new lungs to breathe with and no more pain to suffer through. Katie is like a stone thrown into a pond, her ripple has reached the farthest shore and touched so many lives. She will forever be in our hearts.

Katie’s beloved grandpa Bob and her cousin Brad preceded her in death.

Katie is survived by her parents Mike and Kristin, her sister Marie, her brother Kevin, Grandma Carol Kinzer, Grandpa Jon and Grandma Liz Hauger, numerous uncles and aunts; Kirk and Andrea Kinzer, Kraig and Becky Kinzer, Kim Petrie, Matt and Jennifer Hauger, Jason and Samantha Hauger, many cousins, all of her best friends and many others who love her.

A viewing will be held Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm at the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville. A funeral service will be held Friday, October 18, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Grangeville Christian Church. A luncheon will follow at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene. You may submit condolences online to Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.

If you would like to make a donation to the CF Foundation in memory of Katie, please do so at

Condolences to the family of Katherine “Katie” Hauger, 23

  • Jeannie Warden and Katie Linabary says:

    Katie was a bright and beautiful girl! We are so glad to have known her

  • Terry and Sonya Turner and family. says:

    Our deepest sympathies to your whole family. Katie was such a bright light to see shining at church. She will be greatly missed by so many lives that she touched.

  • Shauna Simonsen says:

    Oh Katie May You RIP Fly High with All The ANGELS ❤❤❤❤❤

  • Lisa Helena says:

    I only knew Katie a little through bible study but I immediately was struck by her beauty, kindness, and how she spoke of Kevin. Boy she sure had a special place in her heart for him! Praying for your sweet family as your hearts grieve and ache so very intensely and deeply…and yet with hope in our Lord and Savior I praise Him that she is without struggle or pain and she is made whole and perfect with Jesus.

  • Rich and Becky Workman says:

    Our prayers are with you

  • Lorrie Nelson says:

    Our prayers are with the family at this time. Larry and Lorrie Nelson

  • Michelle and Jo Slichter says:

    Sleep sweet Katie

  • Carissa Olson says:

    Katie was always kind. She will be missed by many who knew her. Even though I have not seen her in 5 years, I remember growing up with her and she will be in my prayers along with prayers for her family and friends. I know God is taking care of her.

  • Jeremy and Wendy Ringer says:

    Katie was my bonus daughter since she and my daughter because friends in junior high, and I am so thankful for this beautiful girls impact on my life. Thank you Mike and Kristin for sharing her with us, we will be forever grateful of the chance to love and be loved by your precious girl. You are in our prayers and on our hearts.

  • Shirley Hill says:

    Liz and Jon, and the rest of Katie’s loved ones, my heart goes out to you at this rough time and pray that all the wonderful memories you have will sustain and strengthen you in the days to come.

  • Amanda Bush says:

    I only knew Katie from watching her walk the halls of middle school and spending glorious days watching tennis. She was so obviously optimistic and a friend to anyone who she met or who needed a friend. My heart is broken for you all. But she clearly had a life of love and hope and that is a gift to this world no matter how long she had here. Prayers to you!

  • Sue Kinner says:

    So sad as her life was short but she was exuberant and loved well. Next time you see her she will be healed and well with no pain. May God be with all of you as you grieve her loss.

  • Bettie Ruzicka says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Amazing young lady.

  • Michael and Maryann Gulotta says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May the peace and comfort of Jesus be yours in abundance as you walk through this difficult time.

  • Debi Moody says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your daughter but am so thankful she kept her zest for life. I know you were the most loving of parents. May she Rest In Peace.

  • les and faith and family says:

    Our hearts are broken and aching and the tears are flowing. Our hearts were so warmed when Katie was near! She would radiate warmth, deep and sincere love and genuine compassion! Our loving and caring Katie!!! You are our amazing example of running the race❌⭕️❤️‼️ Forever in our hearts, Les and Faith Landon and Kendra

  • Nichole and Duane Farkas says:

    We are sorry for your loss. Such a beautiful tribute to Katie.

  • Katie Johnson (White Bird) says:

    My condolences and prayers for your family.

  • Shanna Caba says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Paul and Shanna Caba

  • Cris Cunningham says:

    Craig and I were so sorry to hear of Katie’s passing. We send our love to you and your entire family at this sad time. May your good memories help ease the pain of your loss.

  • Donna Christiansen says:

    My deepest condolences to the Kinzer and Hauger families. Kristin’s obituary is a beautiful tribute to a strong young woman. May you find comfort and peace in your cherished memories. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Donna Kuther Christiansen

  • Sue Sickels says:

    My prayers and thoughts are with your family. Katie was such a beautiful, sweet young lady.

  • Bambi Baker says:

    I am sorry for your loss, Katie was a beautiful girl with great courage. I will keep your family in my prayers.

  • Dick Randall says:

    Mike and family we want to extend our sympathy for your loss , you and your family are in our prayers
    Dick & Leanne Randall

  • Nona Donaldson says:

    I am so terribly sorry for the loss of your precious Katie. No more pain as she dances in Heaven.

  • Mary, Kyle, Kevin, and Kaitlyn Castle says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Katie was not only a great friend to Kaitlyn, she was an inspiration to her. They had plans to see each other the day that Katie passed. Kaitlyn knows that she has forever friend waiting to see her down the road. Mike and Kristen, as a parent, I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Bernadette Edwards says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. She was so kind and strong and went through so much in her time here. I am glad she is at peace but so sorry she isn’t here with us.

  • cathleen macgregor irby says:

    So very sorry for your loss. I will be praying for your family.
    Cathleen MacGregor Irby

  • Ashlie says:

    My heart hurts for everyone that must gone on without Katie in their lives. I never met Katie but she sounds like a wonderful young lady that brightened the lives of everyone around her.
    I’m so sorry for your loss.

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