By Schinderle Funeral Home
Daniel “Dan” Hass, 68, a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, of Algoma, Wisconsin, died on August 27, 2018, following a boating accident in Alaska.
Dan was born on February 2, 1950, and grew up in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. He later moved with his family to Neenah where he graduated from high school in 1968. Dan graduated from Michigan State University in 1972 and was then commissioned into the U.S. Air Force as an Accounting and Finance Officer. He obtained a law degree from Drake University in 1980 and became a Staff Judge Advocate for the Air Force. Dan led a distinguished 26-year career as an Air Force officer, serving tours throughout the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. Upon retirement from active duty in 1998, Dan continued his career as a civilian attorney with the Air Force for 12 years and NATO in Luxembourg for 2 years. Dan had numerous accomplishments which included opening the Air Force legal office at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, and securing the multibillion-dollar C-17 NATO contract for the Air Base near Budapest, Hungary.
Dan was a down-to-earth guy with a great sense of humor. He loved bird hunting with Gus, fishing anytime anywhere, deer hunting, Chuck’s smoked fish, Jim Beam, freshly baked cookies with a glass of milk, and hanging out Sunday mornings at the gun club… not necessarily in that order. Most of all, he loved his wife and two daughters.
Dan is greatly missed by his wife of 46 years, Sue (Hathaway) Hass, their two daughters, Gretchen and Katie Hass, and his four-legged son, Gus, who is waiting patiently for Dan to come home and take him bird hunting. Dan is also survived by his sister Nancy (Denny) Hendrickson, brother Bob (Ginny) Hass, sister Jane (Bill) Wagner, sister-in-law Suzi Hass, five cousins, and several nieces and nephews. Dan was predeceased by his parents, Herman and Irene (Frea) Hass and brother Greg Hass.
A memorial service with military honors will be held on November 10th at 1:00 pm at SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, 1600 Schinderle Lane, Algoma. Immediately following, all are invited to a celebration of Dan’s life at the Black Ash Gun Club, E5108 W Wilson Rd, Algoma. Some of Dan’s family members and friends have died of cancer and it would be Dan’s wish that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Cancer Research Institute, 29 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10006-3111 or www.cancerresearch.org.
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