Eugene A. “Gene” Haase, age 92, of Ireland, passed away at 2:55 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2020, in St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.
Gene was born in Fornfelt, Missouri, on April 3, 1928, to Albert and Alvina (Blattel) Haase. He married Barbara Schmitt on June 10, 1954, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland. She preceded him in death on November 18, 1994.
Gene was a graduate of Jasper High School. He was a United States Army Veteran, serving two years during the Korean War. Gene worked for Fromme Electric for nine years and then retired from the city of Jasper, where he had worked for 36 years.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, Jasper K of C, Ireland Sportsman Club, and V.F.W. No. 673.
He was an avid card player, enjoying Sheephead. He also enjoyed playing horseshoes, and watching sports, especially the St. Louis Cardinals and Indiana University.
Surviving are three daughters, Rosemary (Charlie) Betz, Schnellville, Beverly Kempf, Jasper and Jane (Kenny) Schaefer, Fulda; two sons, Michael (Donna) Haase, Ireland and Tom (Janet) Haase, Huntingburg; 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, one great-grandchild on the way; one uncle, Leon Blattel, Cape Giradeau, MO; many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death besides his wife, were three sisters, Mary Lou Brain, Martha Kern and Ann Mae Rainey, and one brother, Carmen “Pete” Haase.
Private funeral services will be held at Becher-Kluesner Funeral Homes in Jasper, with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ireland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the wishes of the family. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.