It is with a broken heart that I pass on that Kathy Haugen died suddenly in a car accident on I-81 yesterday. Please hold her husband Gary Ruley and sons, Tommy, Kyle, and Jeremiah in your thoughts and prayers.
Kathy was one of the founding members of Friends of Rockbridge Swimming. She stood by us in every way possible as we launched a campaign to bring an indoor public pool to our community. In the early days that meant countless meetings and what seemed like never-ending work. Her stalwart determination and support gave us confidence to keep at it. Kathy was amazing in all that she accomplished with her business and the projects she supported in the community. She was a person that made things better. We will miss her terribly.
The Haugen-Ruley family will receive friends from 4 to 6 P.M. Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Harrison Funeral Home in Lexington, VA. Also, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church will hold a mass in celebration of her life at 2:00pm on Monday, October 19th.
Kathleen Hills Haugen
Kathleen Hills Haugen, 54, of Lexington died tragically in a car accident along I-81 on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. Born June 17, 1961 in New Jersey, a daughter of the late Marvin Sylvestor Hills and Helen Marie Spiegel Hills. Kathleen was a member of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Lexington Golf and Country Club. Surviving her are her husband, Gary Patrick Ruley; three sons, Thomas Olaf Haugen, Kyle Sverre Haugen, Jeremiah Ruley; nine siblings, Joe, Therese, Leonard, Ellen, Alice, Charles, Marvin, Eileen, Mary; and several nieces and nephews. Kathleen was an avid golfer, fitness enthusiast, successful entrepreneur, and philanthropist. She swam regularly at the Lexington City Pool, had completed eight marathons, and a number of triathlons. Kathleen had worked for the United States Justice Department and Exxon Mobil early in her career, and was the CEO and Founder of Haugen Consulting since 1995. She was considered a visionary in the field of demurrage analysis and had traveled the world developing her business and leading seminars in the industry. Kathleen was dedicated to sharing the success of her business with those in need, as she was a gracious giver to many non-profits and charities around the world. May God Bless my loving Kathleen. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 2 P.M. on Monday, October 19, 2015 at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Father Joseph D’Aurora officiating. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in loving memory of Kathleen to the Friends of Rockbridge Swimming Inc. Dedicated to the Kathleen Haugen Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1552, Lexington, VA 24450. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 P.M Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Harrison Funeral Home in Lexington, VA.