Michael Lee Haas, 60, of Keokuk, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Illinois.
Michael was born in Keokuk, Iowa on September 12, 1956, the son of Herbert and Christel Haas who had immigrated from Germany in the early 1950's. Mike was proud to be a first generation American. He felt immigration was what made this country strong.
He was married to Barbara Shotwell on August 19, 1978 and was happily married for just over 38 years. She survives.
His most important accomplishment in his life was the raising of his two daughters, Claire (Mark) Haas Radtke of Colorado Springs, CO and Olivia Anne (Andrew) of Bozeman, MT. He was extremely proud of them. Mike was an avid hunter, loving more than anything spending time in nature. He did not care if he brought home game but enjoyed the challenge of both archery and black powder hunting. He expressed often that he was closer to God in his tree stand then anywhere. He was an avid Mustang fan and loved driving Babee, his screaming yellow 2006 Mustang convertible. Through this love he had many Facebook friends from all over the world who brought him great joy. During the last 10 years of his life he was afflicted with a genetic form of COPD called Alpha-1 which slowly robbed him of his ability to breath. Throughout this time he never complained often saying, "I just have to play the cards I'm dealt".
Beside his wife and daughters he is survived by four grandchildren, Amelia and Sawyer Radtke, Thea and William Downing, brother, Helmut Haas (Charlotte) of Ardmore, Tennessee, sister in law, Rose Haas of Davenport, Iowa, nieces and nephews and his faithful German Shorthaired Pointer, Lola.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his twin sons, Hoyt and Alexander in infancy, a brother, Karl and a sister, Brigette.
Visitation will be after 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at DeJong - Greaves at 917 Blondeau Street with family meeting friends from 6 to 8pm. A Celebration of his life will be held Monday, March 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM at DeJong - Greaves Celebration of Life Center at 917 Blondeau Street.
Barb so sorry to hear about Mike. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Barb and Family, Carol and I are sorry for your loss. Mike was a kind and gentle soul; a good husband, father and grandfather who will surely be missed. Our prayers are with you in this trying time.
Barb, Claire and Olivia, we are so sorry, and your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We know the days and weeks ahead will be tough, but it's comforting to know Mike is free of struggles, and that God's grace will support you. With Love, Bill and Jean Davis
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