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Albert Henry Haas Obituary
Haas, Albert Henry 64, of Belleville, IL, died in a mortar attack on November 29, 2013, while working at Bagram Air Force Base, Afghanistan. Albert Haas was born December 28, 1948, in St. Louis, MO, to Eugene Joseph and Gloria Cecelia, nee Cambron, Haas. The second oldest of five sons, his brothers are Eugene J. Haas Jr., Earl J. Haas, Kenneth W. Haas, and Robert Haas. Albert attended Althoff Catholic High School, Belleville, IL. After serving his country in Vietnam, where he met his wife of 41 years, Bay Thi, nee Dang, Haas, he returned to live in Belleville. Together, they have a son and two daughters, Thao Haas of Texas, Tina V. Smith of Belleville, IL, and Lisa R. Carnahan of St. Louis, MO; as well as eight grandchildren, Adam, Caroline, and William Smith, Sydney, Harper, Adair, and Cabanne Carnahan, and Justin Haas. Albert began his career in the Army, serving in Vietnam. After his tour of duty, he returned as a military contractor specializing in helicopter maintenance. He continued his service as an Army Reservist and was later called back to duty in Bosnia. Albert Haas retired from the military with honors after 30 years of service. His civilian career spanned 30 years working for commercial airlines: Ozark, TWA, and American. At the time of his death, Albert worked as an airline mechanic for AAR Airlift Group, Inc. Albert will be remembered as a loving family man with an unmatched sense of humor. A man who lacked pretense and set everyone at ease. He greatly enjoyed traveling the world, learning about different cultures, planes, trains, helicopters, and most of all, his grandbabies. From roofing to rewiring the entire house, he believed his daughters could do anything the boys could do. He inspired his children to see the world, live adventurously, and always keep a sense of humor. He will be missed dearly. Memorials may be made to the Afghan Institute of Learning (AfghanInstituteofLearning.org). This organization has been empowering Afghan women and girls through education and training since the 1990s. Memorials may also be made to The Mission Continues, 1141 South 7th St., St. Louis, MO 63104 (missioncontinues.org). On our father's last visit home from Afghanistan, he expressed that he was glad this organization existed. The Mission Continues is an organization that empowers veterans through service fellowships. Services: Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, December 5, 2013, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, 120 N. Illinois St., Belleville, IL. Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, December 6, 2013, at the funeral home with Father James Thomas officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Dec. 5 to Dec. 6, 2013
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