Robert Lee Haas, affectionately known as Bob, has passed away unexpectedly on July 29, 2023. He was born on April 25, 1938, in Kansas City, Missouri, to his loving parents Francis Joseph "Joe" Haas and Katherine Cook.
Bob led a remarkable life filled with many achievements and touched the hearts of many through his kind and selfless nature. After graduating from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's of Art in Education, he embarked on a successful career as a supervisor for General Motors. Bob dedicated himself to his work and even worked night shifts until he retired early at the age of 55 in 1992.
Beyond his professional endeavors, Bob made an enduring impact in his community. He generously volunteered his time as a coach for football, baseball, basketball, and track teams for both children and grandchildren. Bob's passion for sports was evident in the way he shared his knowledge and encouraged the young athletes to develop their skills and pursue their dreams. He was also an avid golfer as well as a fan of Mizzou Athletics, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Royals, offering his unwavering support in both good and bad seasons.
In addition to his dedication to sports, Bob served his country as a military police officer in the United States Army stationed at Fort Detrick in Maryland. During his time in service, he also chauffeured commanding officers and staff at the United States Army Biological Lab. Bob's commitment to duty was recognized with the Good Conduct Medal.
Bob's strong character was well-known among those familiar with him. He exuded strength and independence in every aspect of life while having an exceptional eye for detail, enriching every conversation or task he took on.
Outside of work and service, Bob was passionate about various hobbies and interests that brought joy to both himself and those around him. Becoming an avid reader in his later years, he sought to read through his late wife’s library, developing a fondness for suspense and mystery novels. He was an active member of American Legion Post 21 where he always lent a helping hand by organizing fundraisers and contributing as a cook. His kindness extended beyond friends and family as he tirelessly worked towards supporting individuals with medical needs.
Among Bob's proudest accomplishments were his achievements in sports. During his high school and college years, he excelled in both baseball and football. Bob had the honor of participating in the 1960 Orange Bowl while playing football for the University of Missouri. Moreover, he proudly represented his university at the College World Series for baseball. Bob's remarkable talent led to him being drafted professionally by the St. Louis Cardinals for baseball and the Houston Oilers for football.
Bob's memory will forever be cherished by his surviving family and friends. He is survived by his children David Haas (Melanie) and Jennifer Murphy (David); and grandchildren, Elle Murphy, Sean Murphy, Gracie Haas, Derek Haas, Amanda Haas, and Olivia Haas. He also leaves behind his sister, Frances "Frannie" Jones (Jerry); brother-in-law, Eddie Hutchison; nephews, Dan and Mike Jones; and niece, Rachel Jones. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of fifty-three years Judy Hutchison Haas, and parents, Francis Joseph "Joe" and Katherine Cook Haas.
In this time of mourning, let us remember Bob with fondness and gratitude for the extraordinary impact he made in so many lives. His selflessness, dedication, and kind-hearted nature will serve as an inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Rest in peace, Robert Lee Haas. Your memory will forever live on in our hearts.
A Celebration of Life will be held to honor Bob from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM on Thursday, August, 10, 2023, at the American Legion Tirey J. Ford Post 21 in Independence, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations go to Wounded Warrior Project or the American Legion Tirey J. Ford Post 21 in Independence, Missouri.