|Birth: ||Jan. 26, 1944|
|Death: ||Aug. 25, 2006|
Thomas M. Haas was born in a speeding car, en route to the Sandwich hospital to parents Harvey and Magdalene (Hann) Haas on January 26, 1944 and had loved fast cars ever since.
He attended an old country schoolhouse, walking to school, through the snow, uphill-- both ways, during his early years, and then the Somonauk school system, where he was often mischievous, exasperating his parents, family and friends until he graduated from Somonauk High School in 1962. He finally made the honor roll during his senior year, just to prove to his mother he could-- or so the story went.
He was one of eight children-- a brother to Margaret Hardekopf, Charles "Butch" (Darlene) Haas, Reita (Tom) Hunt (of Lake Havasu City, AZ), Shirley VeZain, Janet Baker, and Linda Melson.
He was preceded in death by a brother Paul, in 1970, his father Harvey in 1978, and his mother Maggie in 2005.
He married in 1963 and had five children in five years, (four sons and one daughter) all of whom survive him today: Bruce (Debra) Haas of Columbia, SC; Brad Haas of Orlando, FL; LeeAnn Haas and Jay Haas, both of Somonauk, IL; and Jeff (Shelley) Haas of Lockport, IL. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren: Whitley, Joseph, Michael, Michelle, Brittany, Jessica, Shane and Jake Haas, as well as his dear friend and companion, Veronica Stein.
After graduating from Somonauk HS, he and his brother Charles opened a small gas station on the edge of town for a brief period of time. Throughout his 62 years he worked many different places, including Betz and Grandgeorge, Caterpillar, Dienst Drainage, King & Otto Construction, Utilities, Inc., in addition to bartending and farming the "family farm."
Those who knew him well were aware of his great attention to detail and most especially to the accuracy of his beloved timepieces. In fact, rumor has it that scientists from the National Atomic Timekeeping Observatory would call Tom to confirm the accuracy of their cesium clocks.
He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, though not necessarily what one would call a regular "church-goer" for fear the roof would fall in on him. He did though, enjoy utilizing his culinary skills by volunteering to help at the church's annual corned beef and cabbage fund-raising dinner. When he did attend church, it was often due to prodding from his mother, Magdalene, and he always sat in the back to make a quick exit. He was also a member of the Sandwich Moose for most of his adult life.
His hobbies included micro-managing his kids during various work projects, partaking of the spirits, Harley Davidson's and RFD TV. He rarely missed the farm report, Paul Harvey, The Price is Right or Captain Stubby and Charles Homer Bill and was diligent in phoning in family and friends' birthdays and anniversaries on the local radio station, WSPY.
Tom hated all-black attire at funerals saying it was "too depressing." Dress appropriately.
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And now you know the rest of the story.
Age 62 years.
Harvey E. Haas (1918 - 1978)
Magdalene M Haas (1918 - 2005)
LeeAnn M. Haas (1965 - 2010)*
Thomas M. Haas (1944 - 2006)
Paul J. Haas (1951 - 1970)*
Saint John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery
Created by: Karen Rudow Daschner
Record added: Sep 17, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15784858