Wilbert Haase Jr.
Wilbert William Haase Jr.
passed away peacefully at home on Friday October 4, 2019 at the age of 93.
Wilbert was preceded in death by his parents Wilbert and Gertrude (Ferrette)
Haase, his in-laws, Fredrick and Edna (Yeager) Jewson; his wife of 72 years,
Lorraine Jewson Hasse and son-in-law Thomas Dougherty. He is survived by his
loving children, daughter Victoria Haase Dougherty, son Bill (Carol) Haase,
grandchildren, Colleen (Paul) Collins ,
Kristen (Tim) Healy, William (Tanya) Haase ,
Tyler (Marisa) Haase , Ricky (Dana) Haase and
cherished great-grandchildren, William, Zachary, Ryan Collins, Lorraine
Elizabeth, Rory, Olivia Healy, Owen, Camren, Avery and Brynley Haase; along
with Dolly his beloved yellow lab.
Will was born in Long Beach,
California on February 26,1926. During his childhood, Will lived around the
globe and spent time in Chicago, Illinois, Long Beach, California, Switzerland
and Honolulu, Hawaii. Will attended Goodrich High School in 1942-43. In 1943
Will enrolled in the Aeronautical University in Chicago, Illinois and then
enlisted in the US Army Air Corps. On May 24, 1944, Will went to flight
training school in Panama City, Florida, Biloxi, Mississippi and Montgomery,
Alabama. In September 1945, Will was honorably discharged due to the end
of World War II. After the war, Will married Lorraine at St. Paul’s
Cathedral on June 7, 1947 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Will inherited his
father’s love of aviation and strong engineering capabilities which attributed
to their partnership at the outset of his father’s business Wilbert Vault. Will
became a flight instructor at Fond du Lac Municipal airport in 1947. In1952
Will was part of a historical trio, the world’s only licensed pilots who
represented three generations of one family. The airport was moved to the west
side of the city and they were responsible for building hangers and office
space for Skyport, Inc which became operational in 1957. The previous
land was sold to the county for educational purposes only which are now Moraine
Park Technical College, University of Wisconsin (Fond du Lac campus) and a new
high school and athletic fields. After a long career as a flight
instructor and charter pilot Will retired in 1987.
Will was a loyal husband,
father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. Since 1938, Bechaud
Beach and Lake Winnebago has been his place of residence, he truly enjoyed
living out his life on the lake while being an avid fisherman and a true
outdoorsman. During his life, Will enjoyed hunting on his property in western
Wisconsin, traveling to Cape Canaveral and Amelia Island, Florida. He also
spent a great deal of time flying all over the county in their airplane or
taking road trips in his RV. Will was a lifelong Green Bay Packer Fan and
he always wore his green and gold with pride.
At Will’s request there will
be no visitation or funeral service. Cremation has taken place with private
inurnment being held in Rienzi Cemetery at a later date.
The family extends a special
thank you to Heartland Hospice of Fond du Lac and caregivers; Karen, Julie and
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