History of Hauser Funeral Home

Hauser Funeral Home was founded in 1897 by Christian Hauser. Chris started the Hauser Furniture and Undertaking Store at 111 N. Main Street in Charles City. In 1930, he sold the furniture store and moved the funeral home to 900 Blunt Street where it operated until it was destroyed in a tornado on May 15, 1968. Carl F. Hauser joined his father, Chris, at the Chris Hauser and Son Funeral Home in 1938, purchasing the business from his father in 1946 and changing the name to Hauser Funeral Home. Following the tornado in 1968, the city council declared the downtown a disaster redevelopment area and forced the funeral home to leave the area. It took two years to build the present white brick colonial building which was dedicated June 14, 1970 at 1205 S. Main Street. Carl C. "Kip" Hauser joined his father, Carl, in 1965. Kip, and wife Judy, purchased the funeral home in 1974 and created Hauser Funeral Home, Inc. In January of 2002, Robert and Toni Erickson, owners of Major Erickson Funeral Home in Mason City, purchased the 104 year old Hauser name and corporation from Kip and Judy Hauser. Today, the Hauser Funeral Home continues to be family owned and operated with Charles City resident John Weishaar as general manager.

About Us

The Hauser Funeral Home is a family owned and operated business. We are large enough to give our families the same service as the largest funeral homes around, yet we are small enough that each family gets the level of attention and care they deserve.


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Robert Erickson
Funeral Director/Owner
Bob graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mortuary Science in 1982. He served his apprenticeship with Dunns/Westover Funeral Homes in Des Moines returning to Mason City in 1984 to join his father. Bob purchased the business in 1990. Bob and wife, Toni, (DiGregorio) have one son, Ryan, and are members of Trinity Lutheran Church.

 Weishaar, John

John P. Weishaar

Funeral Director/Manager/Pre-Planning Consultant

John grew up in Fort Dodge, Iowa.  He attended mortuary school in Kansas City, Kansas and was employed at Porter Funeral Home.  His career in Iowa began at Ewing Funeral Home in Clarion, Iowa in September 2003, becoming a licensed funeral director in November 2004 after serving his apprenticeship.  Still with Ewing Funeral Home, he moved to Britt in 2005 where he had worked for the last eight years.  In 2007, John met Amy Tynan in Britt and the two were later married in Charles City, Iowa.  John accepted a position at Hauser Funeral Home in Charles City in June 2013.  John, Amy and their son Lucas are very excited to be in Charles City, and they look forward to being a part of the community for many years to come.  John is a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City.




 Wood, Emily

Emily A. Wood

Emily grew up in Sumner, Iowa and currently divides her time between her home there and Charles City. In 2016 she completed the Funeral Home Based Program offered by Des Moines Area Community College through Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Homes in Oelwein, Iowa. She also graduated from Upper Iowa University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Mortuary Science. After passing her National Board Exams at the end of March 2016 she is employed with Hauser Funeral Home for her internship. Emily is engaged to her high school sweetheart Paul Smith, also of Sumner. She is excited to get to know and serve the Charles City community.