TRAVERSE CITY — Harold Herman Haase, 94, of Traverse City, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at his home surrounded by family. He was born Jan. 9, 1919, in Waupun, Wis., to the late Herman and Selma (Luebke) Haase.
Harold graduated from Mason High School in 1936, where he was the mayor of student council, captain of the basketball team and lettered in football and baseball.
He married the love of his life, Helen G. Otis, in Williamston, in 1938.
Harold had three children at home when he was drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1943. He served at the U.S. Fleet Post Office, San Francisco, as a Mailman 2nd class.
He owned Bud’s sport shop on East Bay from 1953 to 1955.
Harold received an associate’s degree from NMC in 1955 and attended MSU in 1938.
He began a career in 1957 with the Boy Scouts of America as a District Scout Executive at Scenic Trails Council. In 1961 he transferred to Bluewater Council, Port Huron, and in 1965 he transferred to Wolverine Council, Dundee. In 1970 he transferred to the Detroit Area Council, Sauk Trail District, Dearborn, where he retired in 1980.
Harold, or Hal as his friends called him, enjoyed the Boy Scouts in his youth. He loved fishing from his pontoon on Silver Lake, golf and sports, particularly Michigan, “Go Blue.”
He lived independently the last seven years at the Village of Bay Ridge. He enjoying the special company of his friend, Helen Roster.
Harold was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; and his grandson, Richard D. Brovont.
He is survived by three sons, Peter (Dorothy) Haase, of Bow, Wash., James (Tricia) Haase, of Traverse City, and Christopher (Karen) Haase, of Interlochen; two daughters, Jane (Gary) Stauffer, of Kewadin, and Sue Ann (Richard) Brovont, of Traverse City; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and two sisters, Maxine Graff, of Holland, and Nadine Champlain, of Lantana, Fla.
Graveside services and interment will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens in Traverse City.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan, 900 E. Front St., Traverse City, MI 49686; or The National Boy Scouts of America Foundation, 1325 W. Walnut Hill Lane, Irving, TX 75015-2079.
Please visit Hal’s webpage at www.lifestorynet.com to sign the guestbook and share a message or memory with his family.
The family is served by Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City.