Gerald and Marilee Haukos
Jerry and Marilee live on the farm that was purchased by Jerry’s parents, Gale and Ann, in 1951. The couple married in 1972 and two years later moved to the farm. Jerry has been part of the farm his entire life. Marilee has been helping with more of the work over the past few years since her retirement from the Ortonville Hospital in 2015.
Jerry and Marilee raise 800 acres of corn, soybeans and occasionally wheat in rotation. Currently, the couple is in the process of winding down and rent out about two-thirds of their land. The Haukoses still find plenty to do and enjoy having their children and grandchildren come to the farm to visit.
Jerry and Marilee have four children: Stephanie, Bryan, Kevin, and Amy. Stephanie is an LPN/Neighbor Lead/HIM for a nursing home in Ortonville. She visits the farm with her special friend, Garret Novy. Bryan and his wife, Rhonda, have a son, Nathan. Bryan is a manufacturing supervisor for a hydraulics company. Kevin is a lead field technician for a technology company and Amy is a certified surgical technician, who along with her husband, Jeff Athey, has two sons, Hunter and Carter.
Jerry and Marilee received the 2001 Outstanding Conservationist Award from the Big Stone County Soil and Water Conservation District. Marilee is secretary of the Ortonville Kiwanis and serves on the United Appeal Committee. She is a member of the Board of Evangelism for First English Church, co-founder of a retirement group of Ortonville Hospital employees and a member of Eden Valley Homemakers.