Robert W. Haas, 78, of Lower Salem, passed away peacefully on Monday (Dec. 17, 2012) at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born on April 5, 1934, in Reno, Ohio, a son of Gerald and Ethel McMahan Haas. He graduated from Marietta High School in 1952 and worked at Kardex, retiring after 44 years in 2000. He was co-founder of Salem Township Volunteer Fire Department and served as Fireman, EMT and Treasurer, was a councilman for Village of Lower Salem for over 50 years, was a life member of NRA and enjoyed his family, friends and gardening.
He married Helen A. Clark on Dec. 11, 1953 and they had just celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. She survives with children, Debbie Haas of Marietta, Steve (Mindy) Haas of Whipple, Denise (Mike) McKenzie of Marietta, Scott (Mary) Haas of Lexington, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Taylor Reeves of Marietta, Mallory (Seth) Haines of Spotsylvania, Va., Kendall (Micah) Spence of Lewisville, Texas, Madison Haas of Whipple, Jerad (Heather) McKenzie of Marietta, Megan (Brad) Offenberger of Marietta, Caitlyn and Colton Haas of Lexington, Ohio; three great-grandchildren, Samuel and Savannah Offenberger, Brooklyn McKenzie; sister-in-law, Norma Clark.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Lois D. Haas.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday (Dec. 20) at 11 a.m. at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home with Pastor Lou Verdi officiating. Burial will follow in Salem Township Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday after 2 p.m. with family present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Messages of sympathy may be sent at www.mslfuneralhome.com.
The family would like to thank Home Health Care and Hospice for their loving care. Memorial contributions are requested to Salem Township Fire Department, P.O. Box 312, Lower Salem, Ohio, 45745; or to Lower Salem United Methodist Church, 102 2nd Street, Lower Salem, Ohio, 45745.