Robert L. Haas, 84, of Freeport died Thursday, July 16, 2009, at his home in Freeport after a long illness.
Born Oct. 28, 1924, in Jo Daviess County [IL], he was a son of Joseph and Martha (Dolan) Haas.
Robert married Alice Keith March 12, 1955. She preceded him in death April 2, 1987.
Robert was a truck driver for Freeport Fast Freight for 30 years.
He was a World War II veteran who served in the 82nd Airborne Army-Paratroopers from March 11, 1943, to Feb. 6, 1946.
His memberships included Veterans of Foreign Wars and Freeport Eagles.
Surviving are two daughters, Carolyn Stewart of Lena and Martha
Haas of Tijuana, Mexico; three granddaughters, Michelle (James) Anderson
of Houston, Texas, Kim
(Brandon) Sparks of Katy, Texas, and Shannon (Bryan) Fong
of Sun Prairie, Wis.; one grandson, Craig (Sarah) Stewart of Monona, Wis.; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Wallace "Jim" Haas of Freeport; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and six sisters.
It was Bob's request that all attendees of his funeral come in casual wear.
His funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, at Walker Mortuary with the Rev. Lee Luebke officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 20, at the funeral home.
Memorial funds have been established for FHN Memorial Hospice and Freeport Chapter of the VFW.
[courtesy of "MrღB"]
Grave maker for Robert L. Haas in Good Shepherd Garden S,
Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Freeport (Stephenson county), Illinois.
Robert enlisted in the Army on 13 March 1943.
On 26 Sept 44, Pvt Haas was transferred from Hq 82nd
Airborne Division, Leicester, England to Service Company, 508th PIR..
He was transferred to Hq 3rd on 21 November 1944.
Pvt Haas was evacuated to a field hospital as a
non-battle casualty on 24 January 1945. He was able to rejoin the
company on 24 February and learned that on 7 Jan 1945, he
had been promoted to Pfc.
Pfc Haas was transferred to the 11th Reinforce Depot on
March 1945. He was discharged on 6 February 1946.
Robert's military decorations include the Bronze Service
Arrowhead device awarded for action during the campaign, 18 December
1944 to 20 February 1945.