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Leo Robert Haag

Friday, September 14, 2001

Leo Robert Haag SITKA, Alaska -- Leo R. Haag died Monday (Sept. 10, 2001) at his home in Sitka.

He was born Nov. 25, 1919, at Danbury to John J. and Nellie May (Thomas) Haag.

On Oct. 11, 1941, he married Frances M. Grant at the St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Indianola.

Leo and his brother, Virgil enlisted in the U.S. Navy 36th Construction Battalion, the Sea Bees, in 1942, and served together in the Pacific Islands for the duration of World War II. They built runways for American fighter planes, often enduring enemy sniper fire.

He owned and operated Haag Construction Company in Sitka and built many schools, churches, banks and community buildings there. He built the Nellie May Mall, named after his mother, and the Alaska Centennial Building.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Johnnie C. Haag; and one sister, Mary Logan.

Survivors include his wife, Frankie of Sitka; one daughter, Connie Milhouse and husband, Dennis of Anchorage, Alaska; four sons, Bob and wife, Sandy of Anchorage, Mike and wife, Debbie of Palmer, Alaska, Gary and wife, Patty of Sitka, and Tod and wife, Sherri of Dutch Harbor, Alaska; three brothers, Virgil of Kingston, Wash., Joe and wife, Helen of Farmington, N.M., and Cyrus and wife, Beverly of McCook; three sisters, Nellie Shay and husband, Bob of Edmonds, Wash., Ida Nicholson of Indianola, and Caroline Duron of Halstead, Kan.; one brother-in-law, Joe Logan of Augusta, Kan.; 25 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Services will be Thursday at St. Gregory's Catholic Church in Sitka. Interment will be at the Sitka National Cemetery.