"It won't get done till you do it." Simple words of advice to a grandchild, but for Edwin John "Jack" Haas Jr., of Vincent, Ohio, and formerly of Marietta, these words embodied an entire life. If ever there was one, Jack was a self-made man who truly lived the promise of his Lord Jesus Christ by living his life abundantly.
On June 15, 2013, Jack went to be with his Lord and Savior and his adored wife, Faustena "Frosty" Haas.
Born Edwin John "Jack" Haas Junior, to Edwin John Sr. and Rosella Hutzel Haas on Oct. 19, 1926, in Dayton, Ohio, Jack graduated from St. Peters High School in Mansfield, Ohio, and attended Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio, studying pre-medicine. He served his country proudly in a non-combat role in Germany during the Korean War in U.S. Army Heavy Mortar Company, 22nd Regiment, 4th Division from October 1950 through September 1952. Jack was a member of American Legion Post 64.
Jack met the love of his life, Faustena "Frosty" Brown in Dayton, Ohio, on a blind date and married her on Dec. 1, 1956. Self-employed most of life, Jack began his career selling Kool Vent Awnings in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in his youth, and started in the air conditioning business as a salesman for the LO Warner Company, Dayton, Ohio, in the infancy of residential air conditioning. In Dayton, Jack pioneered a process to utilize cooling water normally wasted by the air conditioning process, and he held various sales and territory management positions throughout the late 1950's. In the early 1960's, as a territory manager for an independent Carrier Corporation distributor, he had been generously offered a partnership by Harley R. Morrison as a partner to form Morrison Inc. He continued to co-operate Morrison Inc. until his retirement in the early 1990's.
Jack also enjoyed several other business ventures, most notably a nursing home and a hotel. Faith played an important role in Jack's life. He was active in St. Mary's Catholic Church, serving as president of Parish Council, an usher and facilities consultant. He also served as a division leader for the Marietta United Way, a fundraiser for the Allohak Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and a financial supporter of many worthwhile causes.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Faustena "Frosty" Haas in 2012; a brother, Richard A. Haas in 1995; and an infant daughter, Rhonda in 1962.
Jack's proudest accomplishments were his family. Jack and Frosty had seven children, all who earned post-secondary degrees, Debbie K. Hoppe (Paul) of Washington, W.Va., Sharon D. Hutchinson of Marietta, Carol L. Armann (Jeff) of Marietta, Nancy R. Dodd (Tom) of Nashville, Tenn., David M. Haas (Leslie) of Marietta, Leigh A. Groth (Scott) of Omaha, Neb., and Laura E. Stanney (Kevin) of Columbus, Ohio.
In his later years, Jack's grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of his life, and he never missed a chance to make them laugh with practical jokes such as pointing a banana like a gun or giving them advise when needed. A firm believer in the value of an education, Jack and Frosty provided financial support to each of their grandchildren who went on to post-secondary education. His legacy lives on through them, Justin McIntosh (Jessica) of Columbus, Ohio, Lindsey Anderson (Adam) of Columbus, Ohio, Nicole Daggett (Gale) of Parkersburg, Natalie Groves (Brad) of Marietta, Linette Hutchinson of Parkersburg, Alexandra DiMatteo (Andrew) of Norfolk, Va., Jessica Leister (Chad) of Columbus, Ga., Brian Miller of Columbus, Ohio, Callix Miller of Marietta, Olivia Dodd of Nashville, Tenn., Reagan Haas of Marietta, Nicholas and Brendan Groth of Omaha, Neb., and Harper Stanney of Columbus, Ohio. Jack also was blessed with great-grandchildren, Kyan McIntosh of Columbus, Ohio, Lilliana Martinez of Parkersburg, Aubree Daggett of Parkersburg, and Brok Groves of Marietta.
Throughout his life, Jack loved to travel, having visited every state in the United States of America, every continent and over 77 countries. He also enjoyed trap and skeet shooting, big band/swing-era music, spending time with friends and family, an occasional poker game and home repairs and maintenance. Adamantly resistant to computers during his business career, Jack became a computer fanatic after retirement, operating as many as five networked computers in his home. Jack also loved his many "gadgets."
The family would like to express sincere thanks to the staff at Harmar Place, for the compassionate care extended to Jack.
Funeral Liturgy, with Mass, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Monsignor John Michael Campbell as celebrant. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at East Lawn Memorial Park. Jack's family will greet friends at the Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home today from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., where a Vigil Service will be held at 3 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to the Edwin "Jack" Haas Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Marietta Community Foundation, P.O. Box 77, Marietta, OH 45750.
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