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HAACK, Herman 1892-1957


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 1/26/2015 at 23:30:49

Herman Haack, Retired Wellsburg Businessman, Buried Here Monday

Funeral services were held Monday at 1 o'clock in the home and later in the Wellsburg Reformed church for Herman C. Haack, 65, retired businessman and prominent member of this community.

Music was provided by soloist Mrs. G. C. Poppen, while Miss Marcella Neessen played the organ. Flower attendants were Mrs. Fred Ruter and Mrs. Harold Fischer. Ben Hoekstra, Fred Ruter and Peter Ruter were ushers in the church.

Burial was in the Reformed church cemetery. Rev. George C. Poppen officiated at the services.

Casketbearers were Glen Sanders of Grundy Center, H. L. Luwe, Ray Toomsen, Dick Riekena, George Bessman, Louie Van Loh, Joe Dimke and Sander DeNeui.

Mr. Haack died at 2 a.m. Thursday in the Grundy County Memorial Hospital of cancer, about a month after having gone to the Mayo clinic at Rochester, Minn., where he first learned of his condition. He entered the county hospital on November 7, just two weeks prior to his death.

His passing comes as a deep shock to his countless friends and acquaintances throughout the county, who knew Herman as a friendly and sincere individual, always co-operative, always willing to be helpful in any way that he could.

He will be missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.

Herman C. Haack was born on January 30, 1892, in the north part of Grundy county near Fern, the youngest son of Meyel and Lillian Loning Haack.

He attended rural school in Grundy county and the Parkersburg high school. Following his graduation from high school he attended the Cedar Rapids Business College in 1912.

During World War I he entered the Army in June, 1917, and was sent to France in March, 1918, with the Second Division. After being returned to the United States after the armistice, he was honorably discharged in June, 1919, at Camp Dodge.

Mr. Haack served a short time as a salesman for Armour & Co. before embarking on his business career in Wellsburg, which was to last 33 years.

In 1919 he formed a partnership with his brother, Minert, now of Webster City, and opened the Haack Bros. General Store. This partnership lasted 15 years until 1934 when he bought out his brother's interest and became sole owner of the store.

Haack's Store became Haack & Hook in 1944 when Herman Hook purchased an interest in the business. Shortly after that he retired from active participation in the affairs in the store, and in January, 1952, sold his interest to Mr. Hook.

On October 12, 1922, he married Dena Meyer. This union was to last 35 years and was parted only by his death.

Mr. Haack was a former president of Peoples Savings Bank of Wellsburg, a past commander of Ashing-Jaspers American Legion post, he was active in the affairs of the Wellsburg Community Club, the Wellsburg Reformed church, and Men's Fellowship of that church. He also was a loyal member of the Democratic party, which he served as county chairman for several years, and was always very active in party affairs locally.

Mr. Haack made confession of his faith in the Wellsburg Reformed church on March 27, 1927. He was faithful to his church in attendance and also served in the Consistory for a number of years. He was chosen by Classis Pleasant Prairie, of which his church is a member, to be on its Classical Extension Committee. In this work of starting new churches in this area, Mr. Haack showed a great deal of personal interest.

Surviving members of his family include the widow; five brothers, Cornell and Joe of Parkersburg, Wessel of Wellsburg, Miner of Webster City, and Frank of Freeport, Illinois; and two sisters, Mrs. Maggie Froning and Mrs. Sara Van Hauen, both of Parkersburg.

Those who preceded him in death were his parents; two sisters, Bielda, Mrs. Ed Bothe, and Marie.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 28 November 1957, pg 17


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