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U.S. Army, Retired
Gary Carl Haas, age 62, of New Braunfels, Texas, entered into eternal restful peace on Monday, November 26, 2012. Gary was born July 13, 1950 at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, to Julius and Flora Haas. He attended St. Leo's Parochial School and LaSalle High School. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Army and volunteered to go to Vietnam, stating it would be "the biggest adventure of my life." He became an Airborne Ranger with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry, 9th Division, the "Old Reliables," because he "wanted to fight with the best." Gary fought valiantly during the Tet Offensive and was awarded two Bronze Stars with Valor for his bravery under fire. He also received three Purple Hearts for wounds received in battle. Other medals awarded to Dad were three Army Commendation Medals, all with Valor, Air Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, and his beloved Combat Infantry Badge. And, he did this in three and a half months in Vietnam. Gary was retired by the Department of the Army at age 19. He then attended St. Mary's University for four years, majored in marketing, and made a career in sales. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Debbie, and his three children: his daughter Melissa Haas Madden and her spouse John and their three children Mason, Maren, and Morgan; his elder son Bradley Haas; and his younger son Noah Haas and his spouse Kristin, and their daughter, Isabella. He is also survived by his four brothers: Roy Haas and his spouse Anne of San Antonio, Texas; Leslie (Fes) Haas and his spouse Patty of Buda, Texas; Kenneth Haas and his spouse Diane of Lake Jackson, Texas; and Steven Haas of Sacramento, California; and his three sisters: Anne and Bryan Wilson of Helotes, Texas; Therese and Freddie Schmidtke of Cibolo, Texas; and Emilie and Ronald Respondek of San Antonio, Texas; and numerous loving nieces and nephews. After battling a lengthy illness, Gary passed away, surrounded by family and amongst fellow heroes, at the San Antonio Military Medical Center, where the medical staff put forth a valiant effort above and beyond the call of duty to save a fellow warrior. He will rest in eternal peace, along with his brothers at arms, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. A Rosary will be Recited at 7:00 PM on Monday, December 3, 2012 at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels. A Mass will be Celebrated at 12:30 PM on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in New Braunfels. Interment, with full military honors will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. Memorial donations may be made to: Wounded Warriors. Arrangements are with:
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home, 189 N. Seguin Avenue, New Braunfels, Texas 78130. (830) 625-3434.
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home - New Braunfels
189 N Seguin Avenue New Braunfels, TX 78130
Published in Express-News on Dec. 2, 2012