Jeffrey Jay Haas

March 05, 1953 ‒ September 16, 2015

Lexington, Ohio

Jeffrey Jay Haas, 62, of Lexington passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at the Hospice of North Central Ohio in Ashland after an extended illness.

Born March 5, 1953 in Galion to the late Paul and Jane (McCormick) Haas, Jeff was the middle child of three brothers. A graduate of Galion High School class of 1971 he also attended Tiffin University where he played both basketball and baseball. A hidden competitiveness, along with being a natural athlete, helped him to excel in all things sports related.

A mainstay for years on many softball teams in both Mansfield and Galion, Jeffrey also played professional softball for the Columbus All Americans in 1977. Along with softball he enjoyed the sport of soccer, playing on several teams in both indoor and outdoor leagues in Marion, Mansfield and Cleveland. His love of soccer helped him to become involved in the building of the youth soccer fields in Mt. Gilead many years ago. Later on in life he renewed his passion for golf and until recently worked at the Pebble Creek Golf Course in Lexington and also as a USGA Course Rater for the Miami Golf Association in southwest Ohio.

Along with his athletic endeavors Jeff was a valued long-time employee of Graphic Packaging in Marion working in the field of bidding and estimating. Beyond his many talents, however, lay a humble, gentle and caring person who touched the lives of all he came in contact with no matter their station in life.

Left to grieve his passing is his wife Susan (Ludwig) Haas whom he married on June 30, 1990 along with children Justin (Kristin) Haas of Dushore, Pennsylvania, Paul Haas of Lexington and Hannah Haas of Lexington. He is also survived by brothers Michael (Terry) Haas of Winter Haven, Florida and Edwin (Cherie) Haas of Galion.

Private services will be held for Jeff’s family. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery in Galion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Susan Haas, to be used for his children’s college education fund, in care of Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 S. Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Jeff Haas, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Susan, Hannah and Paul,
    Jeff pursued knowledge of God more intensely than any one I know. May you find comfort knowing that he is with his heavenly father now – no longer in pain. And all the questions that could not be answered here, he now has the answers to! Ted and I are here if you need us for anything. Just call. We will miss our Saturday music nights in the barn with Jeff. Praying for each one of you.

    • Thank you for including those beautiful thoughts, Carol. The children and I know that he is with the Father, and we are happy for him. Vayelech, Deut. 31, will be dear to us now.

  • Jeff was my dear friend and a true mentor. He is greatly missed. My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time.

    • Thank you, Lucinda. Jeff enjoyed working closely with you. I remember him telling us what a good friend you were to him over all of those years and the funny moments that you shared.

  • In 1989 I became an employee of Field Container (later to be Graphic Packaging). Jeff hired me and, for a year, we shared an office while he schooled me in machinery and estimating. Jeff was highly amusing most of the time and easily amused . He would often kick a soccer ball around the office while on a conference call with sales representatives, (the phone on mute so it wasn’t known that he wasn’t hanging on every word). Other times what he ate was a surprise. A natural carrot, he told me, still had the necessary nutrients while cleaning the carrot stripped it of those nutrients. He insisted I didn’t know what I was missing. Jeff humorously referred to himself as a genius and had a cartoon of Calvin (Calvin & Hobbes) calling himself a genius. It was posted in his office for years. He was always patient and the phrase I heard most during training was, “don’t fuss and stew over it.” Jeff also taught me how to swing a golf club which, in all honesty, was probably more of a challenge for him than teaching me the carton business. Jeff was easy to talk to and easy-going. He willingly helped anyone who asked, no matter the difficulty of the request. He faced this arduous journey with grace and humor. He is greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this difficult time.

    • Thank you for sharing those moments, Leah. Jeff loved his job, most of the time, and loved it so much he brought it home. He was fortunate to work with such great people. You all were truly his friends. Believe me, I heard the carrot explanation all of the time. That made me laugh!

  • Ed and Mike and Family, We are so sorry for the loss of your brother. We know what you are all going through after losing our Mother and Brother recently. Know that we are praying for all of you. Thinking of you.

  • Susan,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do. Thoughts and prayer as to you and your family.

    Robin

  • Susan, Mike & Ed. I am so sorry for your loss. Jeff was a great man. He was always caring & kind. I enjoyed the many conversations we had around the softball field. God Bless.

  • Ed , Mike and Family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of Jeff. Having just lost our brother Lloyd, we know how hard it is to lose a sibling. We are holding all of you close in thought and prayer at this difficult time.
    Don and Rosie Faulds

  • Dear Susan and children,

    So sorry to hear of your loss. May the Lord comfort you, knowing he is in heaven with Jesus now.

    Thoughts and prayers,
    Heidi

  • Dear Susan.

    I worked with you at BWC for several years. I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Susan and family,
    I am sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. My husband Denny and Jeff were cousins.
    My thoughts are with you, and may God hold you close in His heart, now and always.

  • As one of his many cousins in the Haas family, I remember him being a highly competitive athlete. When he was on the high school basketball team, Theresa and I would go to his games. On one occasion in unaccommodating weather we were on our way to watch him play at Tiffin Columbian when our vehicle slid off snow covered road and had to have tow truck get us back on road so we could continue journey to game . No harm to passengers, property or vehicle. Got to the game a little late to see Jeff play. Just goes to show life is adventurous for us.

    Sadden to learn that Jeff’s adventure in this life is over. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

  • Dear Susan and family,

    We were saddened to hear of Jeff’s passing. It is times like this that make us long for that great day when our Lord Jesus will come to take us to heaven where all tears and sadness will be a thing of the past. May each one of you feel His loving arms about you giving you His comfort and strength. Remembering with fondness those days when you were part of the Ladies Bible study in Mansfield.