Gerald “Jerry” Michael Haas, passed away at home surrounded by loving family Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at the age of 73.
He was born Jan. 7, 1944, to Leonard and Blanche (Barton) Haas in La Crosse. He graduated from Aquinas High School in 1962, and then furthered his education at UW-LaCrosse, with a business degree. Jerry joined the Navy from 1963-1967, and completed three tours to Vietnam, aboard the ship USS Canberra. He was very proud of his time served in the military. Jerry worked for W. A. Roosevelt as a purchasing manager for many years and later retired from Ocean Spray in Tomah, in 2007. Following his retirement, he worked at a variety of part-time jobs with his most recent job at Blackjack Auto in Westby.
Jerry loved playing golf. He owned and operated a driving range in the area in the 1990s, and spent many hours on the course. One of his highlights was getting a hole-in-one at Viroqua Hills. The Green Bay Packers were his favorite sports team and he was loyal to them always. Jerry was a very skilled card player and enjoyed playing with family and friends. After being diagnosed with COPD several years ago, Jerry lost the ability to do many of the things he loved to do, including singing for family events.
In 2001, Jerry married Mary Semeizer (Hanson) and moved to Westby.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; a son from a previous marriage, Jeffrey (Shannon) Haas; and one grandson, Shawn Haas. He is further survived by his stepchildren, Chris Semeizer (Julie) and their children, Lexi and triplets, Allie, Brynn and Chloe from Independence, Minn.; Lori (Craig) Johnson and their children, Ellen, Audra and Courtney from Westby. He is survived by a sister, Sandra Kevin of Seattle; a brother-in-law, Glenn Wolfe of La Crosse; and numerous family members and friends.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Patricia Wolfe.
Funeral services for Jerry will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Westby. Pastor John Dumke will officiate. Burial with full military honors will follow the service at Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery in Westby. Friends may call during a visitation one hour before the funeral service from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials may be directed to the Westby Fine Arts Auditorium Foundation.
On-line condolences may be offered at www.vossfh.com. The Vosseteig Funeral Home, 708 S. Main St. in Westby is serving the family.