Michael James Haase, 84, of Paris, passed away at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the home of his daughter in Springfield. He was retired after many years with the former Beaman Company of …
Michael James Haase, 84, of Paris, passed away at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the home of his daughter in Springfield. He was retired after many years with the former Beaman Company of Paris and enjoyed working after retirement at Pool’s True Value.
A celebration of life reception for family and friends is from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 13, in the community room of the Edgar County High Rise. Military honors will accompany private burial in Edgar Cemetery. Templeton Funeral Home of Paris assisted with arrangements.
Mr. Haase was born Jan. 23, 1936, at Paris, the son of the late Michael G. and Catherine A. Kritz Haase. He married Beverly J. Travioli June 24, 1956, in Paris, and she survives.
Other survivors include four children, Ralph Michael (Lori) Haase of Paris, Tina Marie Haase of Elkhart, Penny S. Haase-Wittler of Springfield and Clark Patrick Haase (Van Roberts) of Paris; a brother, Joe Haase of Midland, N.C.; 10 grandchildren, Aaron (Balee) Haase of Charlotte, N.C., Whitney Haase (Steven Barker) of Paris, Karyssa Haase of Paris, Lindsay (Robert) Crouch-Colquitt of Magnolia, Ark., Brock Hudson of Elkhart, Samantha (Matt) Mutty of Mechanicsville, Va., Catherine Wittler (Jake Montgomery) of St. Louis, Mo., Caleb Wittler of Springfield and Jared and Heath Roberts, both of Paris; seven great-grandchildren, Kadence and Declan Haase, Caullin and Lauryn Barker and Ava, Kirby and Charlie Sue Mutty.
He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Kyle Wittler.
Mr. Haase served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of the former Trinity United Methodist Church of Paris and attended First Baptist Church of Paris. He was also a member of American Legion Post #211 and served as a Boy Scout leader for many years.
He coached Paris Summer League baseball for more than 25 years and later organized and coached the Tiggers girls traveling softball team for a number of years. He was a loyal Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Pirates fan and was a life-long air show enthusiast.
Mr. Haase made the Edgar County High Rise his home for the last 15 plus years, where he was happiest when working to enrich the lives of his fellow residents. He served as the self-appointed activities director and kept himself and others busy with the countless game and movie nights, bus trips and outings he organized. He also found great reward in leading the High Rise Bible Study.
Memorial donations may be made to the Honor Flight Network.
Online condolences at www.TempletonFuneralHome.com.