Paul Arthur Haas (1945 - 2017)

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Paul Andrew Haas, 72, of Vandalia, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Nov. 15, 2017, after a long, courageous fight with cancer.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Fr. Zachary Edgar officiating. Burial will be in Mother of Dolors Catholic Cemetery in Vandalia, with military rites accorded by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia and Brownstown VFW Post 9770. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of services on Monday at the church. Memorials: Fayette County Cancer Fund, Mother of Dolors Catholic Church or Vandalia's Little Community Garden. Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at
Mr. Haas was born on Sept. 7, 1945, in Los Angeles, Calif., the son of Lorraine "Ray" and Marcella (Harpstrite) Haas. He married Vickey Greer in 1965; they later divorced. He then married Carol Crow on Nov. 9, 1990.
Paul was a U.S. Army veteran stationed in the Panama Canal Zone. He retired from the Texas Department of Transportation in 1994 after 20 years of service. He loved gold mining, metal detecting and spending winters with Carol and their many "Winter Texan" friends in South Texas. Paul was a member of Mother of Dolors Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife; daughter, Andrea Wittry and husband Chris of Mansfield, Texas; stepson, Joshua Meyer of Belleville; sister, Bonnie Overton and husband Dennis of Altamont; brother, Ed Haas and wife Cindy of Laguna Vista, Texas; grandsons, Andrew Wittry and wife Hope, Austin Wittry and Christopher Wittry, all of Mansfield, Texas; mother-in-law, Doris Crow of Ramsey; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a precious daughter, Toni Sue Haas.

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Hohlt & File Funeral Home Ltd
204 North Fourth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
(618) 283-3434
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Published in The Leader-Union from Nov. 18 to Nov. 29, 2017
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