Herbert Urban Haas

Herbert Urban Haas

Fitchburg/Herbert Urban Haas, age 84, of Fitchburg, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital.

He was born December 16, 1929, the son of Norbert F. and Adelia (Fass) Haas and grew up on the home farm in Roxbury. Herbert and Frances Meicher met while they were in high school and were married on February 12, 1952 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Sauk City.

Herbert was drafted into the U.S. Army two years later and they were moved to Colorado Springs where he served as a Battery Clerk for two years. In 1956 they returned to Wisconsin where he continued to serve in the Army Reserves until his discharge in 1962. He worked as a painter for Pal Mar Painting for the next couple of years; and then he and Fran purchased Pal Mar Painting, Inc. and went into the painting business, which his son, Brian, now owns and operates. Herb continued to work with Brian until his last day, delivering paint to job sites. He also continued farming, purchasing their farm on Irish Lane, where they raised Black Angus cattle. Herb also maintained a collection of Minneapolis Moline Tractors.

He was a regular at McDonald’s in Oregon for his morning coffee to start the day and was lovingly referred to as the “Old Grouch” by his coffee cronies there and at his delivery stops. He enjoyed hunting as a younger man. Herb was a member of Holy Mother of Consolation Catholic Church in Oregon, the Oregon VFW and American Legion. Herb was a family man first and foremost; and will be remembered as a good husband and wonderful father.

Herbert is survived by his wife, Frances Haas; his son, Brian Haas; a brother, Roman (Charlotte) Haas of Roxbury; a sister, Joan Sansone of Madison; sisters-in-law, Nancy Coffey, Lorraine Jackson, brothers-in-law, Wilfred (Vivian), William and Robert Meicher.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Norbert and Adelia; brothers and sisters, Arline DuCharme, Victor Haas, Dorothy Fuchs, Lawrence Haas; in-laws, Donald DuCharme, LeRoy Fuchs, Betty Haas, Louis Sansone, Vincent and Jerome Meicher, Serene France, and Clarence and Joseph Meicher.

The family is grateful to the EMS staff and the Dr.’s, nurses, chaplains and staff of St. Mary’s E.R., Father Gary Wankerl and staff of Holy Mother of Consolation for their compassion and care at a difficult time.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at HOLY MOTHER OF CONSOLATION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 651 North Main Street, Oregon, with Father Gary Wankerl presiding. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Oregon. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.com.

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