Earl Benjamin Haack, 81, of Le Mars, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, at 9:47 a.m. at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Earl was born Dec. 24, 1923, on a farm in Sioux County, the son of Claus and Margaret (Rumohr) Haack. He graduated from Remsen-Union High School in 1941.
Earl helped his father farm until entering boot camp in Faragut, Idaho. He left for the South Pacific Islands and World War II in December 1943. He was there for 28 months and was discharged in March 1946.
Earl married Rita Mae Kemp of Oyens on May 14, 1946, and they have lived in Le Mars ever since. Earl worked for the Department of Transportation and retired as supervisor after forty years.
He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars, a life member of the American Legion, Wasmer Post #241 in Le Mars, and a life member of the V.F.W., Joseph Dickman Post #3325 in Remsen.
Earl got his joy from his grandchildren, spent his time caring for his yard, and he also spent it swinging on the swing of his son's front porch watching the cars go by.
Earl is survived by his wife Rita Mae and six children, Nancy and Garth Ritson of Oklahoma, Marilyn McGranahan of Sioux City, Tom and Kathy Haack of Sioux City, Bonnie and Mike Kidgell of Billings, Mont., Jerry and Lori Haack of Le Mars, and Joe and Annie Haack of Phoenix, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; a brother Charles and his wife, Norma Haack of Mt. Vernon; and two sisters, Inez Kettler of Rock Valley and Mildred Smith of Lisbon.
He was preceded in death by his parents Claus and Margaret Haack; his sister Irene Lundgren, and son-in-law, Tom McGranahan.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. Kevin Richter officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted at the gravesite by the American Legion, Wasmer Post #241. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with a 4 p.m. rosary and a Scriptural wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume for one hour prior to the funeral service on Thursday at the church. Feuerstein Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.