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Richard Mathias Haan 1931-1988


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 12/2/2011 at 00:14:06

Richard Haan
Estherville – Services for Richard Haan, 57, who died Friday, October 21, 1988 at Holy Family Hospital in Estherville, will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Estherville with Father Thomas Topf officiating. Interment will be in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery with military services by Estherville’s VFW Post 3388 and American Legion Post 91. Henry-Olson-Fuhrman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Richard Mathias Haan was born on April 14, 1931 at Britt, Iowa to John B. and Zita (O’Byrne) Haan. He grew up on a vegetable farm near Hayfield, Iowa and attended Hayfield High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on September 14, 1951 and served during the Korean Conflict before being discharged on August 12, 1955. While in the service he married Lucille H. Farrell on June 11, 1953 at St. James Catholic Church in Forest City. Following his military service he moved to Britt where he worked for the Hancock County bridge crew. In 1956 he moved to Andrews, Texas where he was employed by Northern Natural Gas for seven years before being transferred to Webster City and three and a half years later to Estherville where he worked until his retirement in 1985.

Mr. Haan was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a lifetime member of VFW Post 3388, American Legion Post 91, Knights of Columbus, served seven years on the Estherville Fire Department and was a member of the State Firemen’s Association.

He is survived by his wife Lucille of Estherville; a son, Phillip Haan of Jacksonville, N.C.; four daughters: Mrs. Chester (Susan) Hanson of Bakersfield, Calif.; Elizabeth Johnson of Omaha, Neb.; Mrs. Lawrence (Jean) Hinton of Mankato, Minn.; and Nancy Haan of Estherville; a brother, Robert Haan of Miller; three sisters: Mrs. Walter (Madonna) Bartozek of Chicoppe Falls, Mass., Mrs. Vincent (Contance) Urgo of New Brighton, Minn.; and Mrs. Bernard (Janet) Schleusner of Harris, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, October, 1988)


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