Stephen Hopkins Haas

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September 26, 1928 ~ April 23, 2018

Steve Haas 89, Sioux Falls, died Monday, April 23, 2018, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

Visitation will be 11am-1pm, Saturday, April 28, 2018, with a Memorial Service at 1pm, followed by Full Military honors at Heartland Funeral Home, Brandon.

The family requests memorials are made to the Marine Corp League or the Wounded Warrior program in lieu of flowers.

Stephen (Steve) Hopkins Haas was born in Owatonna, Minnesota on September 26, 1928, to Edmund and Helen (Dennis) Haas. Shortly after birth, his family moved to Sioux Falls where he graduated from Washington High School. He later attended Augustana College for a short time before joining the United States Marine Corps. Steve served during the Korean War. On July 17, 1949, Steve was united in marriage to Janice Bale, in Sioux Falls.

Once he completed his full-time service, Steve came back to serve the Marine Reserves and later joined the Air National Guard in South Dakota. Steve’s full-time occupation was in Business Administration where he worked for multiple businesses in Huron, Rapid City, and eventually back to his hometown of Sioux Falls. Steve became the Business Administrator for First Baptist Church in Sioux Falls and later worked as an Administrator for a nursing home. Upon his retirement, Steve worked at various part-time positions, including bus driver for School Bus Incorporated.

Steve was very fond of his family. He especially enjoyed Sunday dinners with his children, his grandchildren, and his great-grandchildren. He loved attending all of their different school functions and events. His second passion was NASCAR. He was a tried-and-true member of the Earnhardt Nation.

Steve was a member of the Marine Corps League and First Baptist Church in Sioux Falls.

Steve will be greatly missed by his children, Craig Haas, Davenport, IA, Robin (Doug) Brandhagen, and Nancy Lind, both of Sioux Falls; and one son-in-law, Steven Sharpe; Steve’s pride & joy were his 12 grandchildren, Lisa (Mark) McGuire, Patrick (Brooke) Brandhagen, Cory Brandhagen, Jon (Debra) Laughlin, Jason (Cassie) Krueger, Stephen (Kate) Lind, Amy (Travis) Meyers, Ian (Nicky) Haas, Hannah Haas, Paul Sharpe and Jackie (Kirk) Beller, and Aeri Miller. Deeply missing their great-grandpa will be Arin & Jarrett McGuire, Corbin & Brock Krueger, Kimberlie Kluesner, Gavin & Malena Laughlin, Brayden Theim, Callie Brandhagen, Shyla Lottman, Cameron Lind, Chloe and Blake Lind, Shaquille, Sandan, and Chandler Sharp, and Owen Beller; and many nieces, nephews & cousins.

Steve was preceded in death by wife of 68 years, Janice; his parents, one daughter, Stephany Sharpe; one granddaughter, Jamie Brandhagen; one great-granddaughter, Kirsten Lind; his brother, Ted Haas; and one sister, Elizabeth Moger.

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  • Denise Haas - Rostenbach says:

    Hugs go out to you all! I will keep the memory of your parents and my parents chatting at the dinner table, and hear two brothers( Ted and Steve) banter back and forth. I will hold those times close to my heart, because that was a time when life looked so good!

  • Robin Dudley says:

    My heart is filled with sadness at the passing of your father and grandfather. I cherish the countless hours I spent at your home and the fact that Steve and Janice always made me feel like family.

  • Deb Wingler Johnson says:

    So sorry to see the Steve has passed. I have many, many memories of his time at First Baptist and visiting with him often. He loved to tease and was a great guy. My condolences to the whole family.

  • Patty Moger and Sid Reischer and family says:

    So sorry to hear of Uncle Steve’s passing.

    Thinking of stories about cute little Stevie and dapper, witty Steve that Mom told.
    Keeping in touch with Uncle Steve and Aunt Jan in these past years has meant a lot.

    ‘Love, once planted in the heart, is forever.’
    May memories of good times together bring you all comfort and solace.

    Sending our deepest sympathy, prayers, and love ~
    Patty Moger and Sid Reischer, Susan Moger, and family

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