Harvey Henry Haats

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Harvey Henry Haats
June 19, 1922 - July 9, 2014
Born to Etteus and Grace Haats on June 19, 1922, at Bejou, MN, one of ten children. Harvey spent most of his early life on the farm in Bejou. He left home and made his own way by the age of 16, working on farms, driving a truck and working for the "Great Northern Railroad".
Harvey met his first wife, Virginia Phyllis Thompson, at age 18, and they were married on October 10, 1939, in Crookston, MN. Virginia preceded him in death on January 27, 1981, in Grand Junction, CO. He met Lois Bellew Shamburg and they married on October 10, 1982. She also preceded him in death.
Harvey loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and loved to sing his praises and share with others at every opportunity. He loved his family and friends and was blessed by the love and support they have given.
Harvey served his country in the military. He joined the Army, Pacific Far East command June 1942-December 1945. He served in the Philippines during WWII. He came home and due to lack of employment decided to re-enlist in the Army and make a career of it. He re-entered the service in April, 1948. The Korean War broke out in June 1950. He received orders to be sent to Korea. He left Ft. Riley, Kansas and arrived in Pusaun, Korea in early September. He was commissioned to company commander within three days of his arrival in Korea, commissioned at 10:00 a.m. and wounded at 2:30 p.m. Harvey was shipped home by way of Tokyo for initial surgery and flown back the States from there, arriving in Hawaii in October 1950. He spent nine and one half months in San Antonio, Texas then on to Chicago, Illinois for four months of rehabilitation. He finally able to go home to his wife and family in late October, 1951. Harvey was completely blinded by his injuries, along with other severe wounds.
He enjoyed woodworking, mechanics and gospel music.
He is survived by his sister, Jeanette Larson of Willmar, MN and his four children, Marilyn (Haats) Sieckert, Robert Haats, David Haats and Ginger (Haats) Barnes, and 25 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and five sisters, Etteus, Jr., Hattie, Tillie, Johanna, Albert, Henry, George and Grace.
A visitation at Martin Mortuary on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. A Graveside Service with Honors on Monday, July 21, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Memorial Gardens Cemetery. A Celebration of Life Service to follow the Graveside Service at Martin Mortuary.

Published in The Daily Sentinel on July 18, 2014
Arrangements under the direction of:
Martin Mortuary
550 North Ave | Grand Junction, CO 81501 | (970) 243-1538
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