Eric F. Haussermann, 76, of Lowell, Arkansas, formerly of Champaign, Illinois passed away at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 18, 2009 at the Northwest Medical Center, Springdale, Arkansas. Eric was born March 25, 1933 in Urbana, Illinois the son of Dr. Charles Ford and Priscilla Ruth (Wilcox) Haussermann. He has been married to Anna Marie for 50 years. Eric was retired from Champaign, IL Fire Department after 22 years in 1979; instructor for the University of IL Fire Service Institute also at the Fire Service Institute at Oklahoma State University. He was in the U.S. Army from 1952-1964; U.S. Army Reserves from 1955-1993 retired as a Sgt. Major after 41 years; graduated from Parkland College & E.I.U.; Eric always wanted to be a fireman; member of the IL Fireman's Assoc. since 1948 & The International Fire Service Training Assoc.; was instrumental in the development of the Fire Science Program at Parkland College and in Northwest Arkansas he guided the fire training program at the Northwest Vo-Tec in gaining the second only certified program in the state; he served in a wide variety of locations and positions thru his long military career.
Eric is survived by his wife, Marie Haussermann of Lowell, Arkansas; one son John Ford (Heather) Haussermann of Chelsea, OK; two daughters, Norma Louise (Phillip) White of Spokane, WA and Patricia Jane (James) Outlaw of Lowell, AR; four grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Alan (Claire) Haussermann; one sister and brother-in-law, Sandra (Robert) Bortz; one brother-in-law, Clarence (Josephine) Halterman of Lawrenceville, GA and two sisters-in-law, Martha (Merl) Vanderhoof of Newton and Gladys Winterrowd of Oblong.
Eric was preceded in death by his parents.