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William "Willie" Haas Jr.

William “Willie” Haas Jr. died peacefully Sept. 6, 2008, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law in Silt.Willie was born June 4, 1918, in Hardin, Mont., to Wilheim (Bill) and Katherine (Kate) Haas. The family came to the Glenwood Springs area in 1919, and Willie and his siblings were raised on various farms. As a young man, Willie drove a gas transport round-trip from Rifle to Denver, with regular stops in Minturn, when Loveland Pass was still a dirt road. He had many colorful stories about that time.He met Matilda (Tillie) Siebert in Minturn, and they were married April 22, 1941. Shortly thereafter, his father won a coal mine in a poker game ,and Willie became a coal miner, and mined for many years. He had a variety of jobs after the mine was closed after a fire. He was employed by Casey Concrete and drove trucks until he was 85 years old.Willie had an outlandish sense of humor and was always ready for fun. He loved the mountains, hunting and fishing and enjoyed traveling the Western Slope. His was a life hugely lived.Survivors include his sister, Elsie Powers; daughters Karen Vondette and Glenda (Larry) Antonelli; grandchildren Kelly (Mark) Slawson, Teresa (Miles) Rippy, Tracy (Jack) Sours, Shawn and Derek (Traci) Vondette, Lisa (John) Antonelli-Fuschino, and Tanya (Eric) Fritz; 13 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; and many friends.He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years; brothers Albert, Ernie and Robert; son-in-law Melvin Vondette; and great-grandson Miles Rippy.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation, 5945 County Road 346, Silt, CO 81652.Cremation has occurred. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 0086 Village Drive in South Rifle. Pastor Dave Bottroff will officiate.


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