Vern LaMont Haack, 92, of Sturgis, loving and dedicated husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle, passed away Monday morning, Jan. 10, 2011, at Sterling House in Battle Creek.
He was born May 26, 1918, in Sturgis, a son of the late LaMont and Lulu (Davis) Haack.
Vern was a lifelong resident of Sturgis and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1938. He continued his education at International Business College in Fort Wayne, Ind.
On March 29, 1947, he married Vera Rector in Logansport, Ind.
Vern owned and operated Tube Fabricators in Burr Oak from 1953-1983. Prior to establishing his own business, he had been employed by Formed Tubes in Sturgis.
He attended First United Methodist Church in Sturgis. He was proud to have served his country during World War II with the U.S. Navy, earning the rank of Machinist Mate 2nd Class. He was a life member of Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW, Neuman-Wenzel Post #74 American Legion, B.P.O. Elks #1381, Meridian Sun-Eagle Lodge #49 F&AM and the Sturgis Shrine Club.
He enjoyed traveling and was an avid hunter and fisherman, traveling throughout Canada and the Western United States to pursue game.
He is survived by a daughter, Ellen Jean (James) Losse of Fort Mill, S.C.; two sons, Fred (Lynne) Haack of Sherwood and Roger (Jean) Haack of Baltimore, Ohio; six grandchildren, Matthew, Jessamyn, Jacob, Jefferson, Katelyn and Elizabeth; four great-grandchildren, Zachary, Ava, Alex and Kailynn; a brother, L. Charles (Marilyn) Haack of Colon; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; three sisters, Pauline Arent, Luella Belle Sherman and Bertha Hull; two brothers, William E. “Booey” Haack and Joseph Haack; and a half-brother, Walter Haack.
The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Hackman Family Funeral Homes Hackman Chapel,
114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis. Funeral services celebrating the life of Vern Haack will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Mr. Haack’s nephew, Pastor David Porter of Colon Church of Christ, will officiate.
A graveside committal will follow the service at Sturgis Memorial Gardens in Sturgis. Full military honors will be conferred by Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW and the U.S. Navy Honor Guard.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Haack’s memory consider the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 2211 North Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707.
His obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages may be left for the family.