MOUNT CARROLL—Lawrence L. Haas, 86, of Mount Carroll, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2020, at home after a sudden illness.
A private family funeral service was held with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mount Carroll.
A memorial fund has been established for autistic children. Memorials may be forwarded to 826 Dewhurst St., Mount Carroll, IL 61053.
Lawrence was born Nov. 28, 1933, near Massbach, the son of Henry and Lydia (Zink) Haas. He grew up learning about livestock and crops, loving the outdoors.
First attending the Oakland Massbach Country School, Lawrence is a 1951 graduate of the Mount Carroll High School. On Oct. 7, 1956, he married Bonnie Slick. They raised two daughters and celebrated 63 years of marriage.
He received training in electrical engineering and went on to work for Woods in Mount Carroll and Oregon until his retirement in 1996. He always enjoyed helping his brother, Melvin, on the family farm; he could fix just about anything.
Lawrence enjoyed listening to WBBM radio most every day. He also loved gardening, yard work, and hearing about his grandchildren's lives. He would take the time to talk with them and share his wisdom.
Lawrence will be dearly missed by his wife, Bonnie of Mount Carroll; two daughters, Karen (Cliff) Klenke of Apple River and Dawn (Randy) Rittmeyer of Winnebago; six grandchildren, Nicholas (Kim) Krogull, Lyndsey (Nathan) Spurlock, Sarah Kowalewski, Austin Rittmeyer, Dalton Rittmeyer and Logan Rittmeyer; two great-grandchildren, Ayla and Kali Anne; his sister, Mary Engkey of Lena; two sisters-in-law, Vera Haas, and Gladys Striecher; and several nieces and nephews.
Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Lydia Haas, and his two brothers, John and Melvin.