Donald B. Haase

PORT ORANGE, FL - Donald B. Haase, age 90, passed away Saturday, October 26, 2013, at Halifax Health Hospice. Don was born in Racine, WI, August 28, 1923, son of the late Ernest and Irene (Nee: Kauss) Haase. He is a graduate of William Horlick High School, class of 1941. On March 18, 1944, he was united in marriage to Henrietta Marie Piotrowski of Racine. Don proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during the World War II. After graduating from training on March 12, 1944, Don served as a pilot with the 386th Bomb Group in France in 1944-'45 and then flew as part of the 320th Transport Group. He was released from service in 1946 and moved back to Racine with his bride. The family purchased the Ernest Haase family home and lived on Wolff Street in Racine, later building a home in "Village Green" at Hwy 38 and Newman Road, and moving there in 1964. The Haases' home on Village Green West was the third home in the new neighborhood. He was employed in Racine at Massey Harris (Massey-Ferguson) and J.I. Case Company. In 1951, Don joined the 440th Squadron at Mitchell Air Force Base in Milwaukee as part of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, serving one weekend a month, two weeks a year. In 1972 he left J.I. Case Co and joined the regular U.S. Air Force as Colonel and Inspector General of the Air Force Reserve. Don and Henrietta relocated to Warner Robins AFB, GA. After completing the 4-year mission with the Air Force, Don extended his service in Warner Robins by working as a civil servant with the Reserve until retirement in 1988. Don's passion was golfing and he was a member of Cypress Head Golf Club since moving to Port Orange, FL in 1995. Don was an important and central part of many lives. He was loved and respected by all, and will be missed daily. Survivors include his loving wife of sixty-nine years, Henrietta; his children, daughter Kathryn Haase of Honolulu, HI; son Karl Ernest (Nancy) Haase of Newnan, GA; grandson Christopher (Sarah) Haase of Burlington, WI; great grandchildren Ayden, Owen, and Lauren; son Paul Donald Haase of Aledo, TX; granddaughters Deanna Haase of Madison, WI, and Rebecca (Michael) Oster of Racine, WI. Don's brother Ray (age 92) of Eugene, OR, preceded him in death in 2013. A memorial service for Don was held on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at Cypress Head Golf Club, 6231 Palm Vista St., Port Orange, FL 32128. In lieu of flowers, memorials to have been suggested.

Published in Racine Journal Times on Dec. 1, 2013