MESA, Arizona -- C. Earl Haase, 93, died Monday, March 28, 2011, at his home in Mesa.
He was born Sept. 10, 1917, in Stratton, Nebraska to Loyd and Georgia (Thomas) Haase. He graduated from Stratton High School.
While in college, he met Florence Mary Ann Hopping and on June 10, 1939, they were married in Beaver City, Nebraska. Earl taught high school math and coached various sports in Imperial, Nebraska for three years and then in Beaver City.
He was drafted into the U.S. Navy and served in San Diego during World War II. When he returned from his military service he attended mortuary science school in St. Louis, Missouri and became a licensed mortician and funeral director.
In 1950, Earl purchased the funeral business in Beaver City, Nebraska from his father-in-law, Earl E. Hopping. Earl and Florence owned and ran the Hopping-Haase Funeral Home from 1950 until 1980 when they retired.
Earl served many years on the Beaver City School Board. He was a volunteer firefighter and served in various other organizations and on various boards during his life in Beaver City.
In 1981, Florence passed away. In 1983 Earl married V. Rose Lawrence and they lived in homes in Carson City, Nevada and Mesa.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Florence (Hopping); daughter, Sarah Ann; daughter, Constance Jean Anawrok; brother, Gale; and half-sisters, Wilda Williamson and Irene (Williamson) League.
He is survived by his wife, V. Rose Lawrence of Mesa; daughter, Lauretta Ehling and husband, Dewey of Port Angeles, Washington; son, Charles Haase and wife, Linda of Redding, California; three half-sisters, Ireva Bogart of Fort Collins, Colorado, Wilma Egle of Wauneta, Nebraska, and Bonnie Yost of Wauneta Nebraska; one half-brother, Bill Williamson of Arapahoe, Nebraska; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
No funeral services are planned.