Josh Hauger, age 21, of Yankton, South Dakota died on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 as a result of a car accident south of Yankton.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton. Private burial will take place at St. Columba Cemetery in Mayfield, South Dakota.

Josh was born December 3, 1997 in Yankton, South Dakota to Kevin Hauger and Dorothy Smith. He graduated from Wheeler Central High School in Bartlett, NE in 2016. He worked for Grosch Irrigation in O’Neill, NE for several years and was currently working at Waste Connections. On May 29, 2019, Josh married Kayla Rees. He absolutely loved her children and the time spent with them. Josh was all about cars — he loved driving them, fixing them and doing custom work to them. In Josh’s words: he loved anything fast enough to do something stupid. He always kept busy and had no patience for sitting still. He was very competitive but also very protective. Josh had a big heart and treasured his family.

Josh is survived by his wife, Kayla Hauger of Yankton and her children, Baylee and Zephyr; father, Kevin (Sansa) Hauger of Irene, SD; mother, Dorothy (Matt) Grosch of Albion, NE; sister, Beth Hauger of Albion; two brothers, Garrett and Max Grosch of Albion; grandparents: Rick and Charlene Smith of Bartlett, NE, Linda Hauger of Irene, Mort and Mary Grosch of Albion, and Todd and Bev Thompson of Yankton; great grandparents: Bob and Marjorie Willard of Omaha, NE and Delores Hauger of Yankton; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Josh was preceded in death by his grandpa, Rodney Hauger; great grandparents: Paul and Iona Smith and LeRoy Hauger; and great aunt, Carla Kilpatrick.

To send an online message to the family, please visit www.wintzrayfuneralhome.com.

Yankton Press & Dakotan

September 14, 2019