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Laurel "Lou" Haas

Jul 11, 1921 - Feb 1, 2018
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Laurel Theodore “Lou” Haas died peacefully with family at his side on February 1st, 2018.  He was 96 years old.  Lou was born on July 11th, 1921 in Hastings, Nebraska - the youngest of seven children of Horace and Alice (Haines) Haas.  As a boy, he held several different jobs to help the family including horse-drawn milk delivery.  One evening after high school graduation in 1939 he encountered a young woman on the side of the road with a flat tire.  He stopped to help change her tire and then later ran into Patricia Oxley again that same evening at a party.   The two began dating until he joined the Coast Guard in 1941.  He served during World War II aboard the USCGC Taney, which was stationed in Honolulu Harbor on December 7, 1941.   After the service, Lou returned to Pat in Nebraska.  The two dated and were married in 1945.  By 1948, the couple had two children, Ted and Patti, and they decided to pack up the family and move to Yakima.  Lou began work as a dental technician; the start of a career and eventually his own business, Haas Dental Laboratory, that would last him until retirement in 1981. 
 
During these decades in Yakima, Lou and Pat raised their family, forged enduring friendships, and were advocates for civil rights.  Lou enjoyed camping, bowling, being a Boy Scout Leader, Church Youth Group Leader and the Camerata Singing Club.  In retirement, Lou became an avid golfer, baseball fan and woodworker.  He spent time with his family and friends.  Lou and Pat traveled to Mexico, Europe and enjoyed their vacation home near Long Beach together.  After Pat’s death in 1989, Lou reconnected with life-long friend Maxine Willis, originally from Nebraska.  He moved to the South with her, eventually settling in Cherokee Village, AR where the golfing was good.  His fellow golfers nicknamed him “Sweet Lou” for his easy swing.  Lou and Maxine lived together until she died in 2013.  Liked by all and described as a "gem," in 2015 Lou moved back to Yakima where he enjoyed rekindling old friendships and lived out his extraordinary life.
 
Lou is lovingly survived by his son Ted and his wife Priscilla Haas of Yakima, grandson Ivan and his wife Andrea Haas of Bothell, and great-granddaughter Violet, his daughter Patti Wallace of Yakima, granddaughter Lisa Wallace and her husband Greg Huefner and great-grandsons Drex and Zach of Yakima.  He is also survived by Maxine Willis’ son and daughter-in-law Mike and Jeri Bishop of Pine Mountain, GA and Bob and Bonnie Willis of Yellville, AR.  Lou was preceded in death by his wife Pat, son-in-law Dan Wallace and by partner Maxine Willis.
 
Lou chose cremation and a quiet end of life without ceremony.  His wishes will be honored. He will be inurned at Terrace Heights Memorial Park. Those that would like to donate in Lou’s memory are encouraged to donate to Cottage in the Meadow Hospice Care facility, in care of Brookside Funeral Home P.O. Box 1267, Moxee, Wa.  98936
 
Please visit www.Brooksidefhc.com to share a memory or condolence with the family. 
 

 

 

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