PEORIA - David William Haase, age 67, of Peoria passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at his home after several months of declining health.
David was the son of Helen and William James Haase. He married Sally Sommer in 1981. She passed away Aug. 4, 2012.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
Surviving are his mother-in-law, Nancy Sommer of Peoria, Ill.; two nephews, Thomas P. Sommer III and Daniel Sommer; and sister-in-law, Mary Sommer, all residing in Florida.
David and Sally lived at the castle on Grandview Drive for 43 years and were known for hosting Halloween trick-or-treat for thousands of children. They had a very active group of loyal friends whom they entertained in their home with elaborate gourmet dinner parties.
David served on the Board of Directors of the Lakeview and Peoria Riverfront museums, for which he designed floats appearing in the Peoria Santa Claus Parade. He was an active supporter of the ARK animal shelter in Lacon and had a love for all animals. He was very active in sailing and had boats in Peoria and Tortola, British Virgin Islands, in the Caribbean Sea. David and Sally loved to travel and made several worldwide trips.
He graduated from Richwoods High School in 1964 and attended Bradley University, where he studied architectural design. He spent one semester at Oxford University in England and then attended UCLA. Then his career of designing homes started in Peoria, while he studied at UCLA. He was an architectural designer who concentrated on upscale estates throughout the country and abroad. He was described by clients as an artist because his skills went beyond designing the estates, but also to planning and procuring the furnishing for them.
Cremation rites have been accorded by Abts Mortuary in Pekin, Ill. Memorial services and interment at First Federated Church will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Peoria Riverfront Museum, the ARK animal shelter in Lacon or a
Online condolences may be made at abtsmortuary.com.