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Richard Earl Haas

April 12, 1939 November 13, 2018
Richard Earl Haas
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CDR Richard E. Haas
04/12/1939 – 11/13/2018

Cdr Richard E. Haas (USCG Retired) was born April 12, 1939 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Frank Earl and Norma Evans Haas. He left us to soar with God and His angels on November 13, 2018. Richard was known for his quick wit and for never meeting a stranger. He treated everyone with warmth and affection. He served his Country, his community and his family and friends with devotion and love.
Richard left his Michigan childhood for the United States Coast Guard Academy at 17 and graduated in 1960. Upon graduation, the USCG sent him to sea. On March 18, 1961 on a North shore beach on Oahu, he and his date had a double date with Ruth Fronk and her date. From the first moment he met Ruth, he loved and adored her. He told his date when returning her home that evening that he would marry Ruth. After ten days together and before he left for Japan, Richard gave Ruth his miniature Academy ring. On October 14, 1961, they married and remained married for over 57 years. True soulmates exist.
Richard and Ruth traveled back and forth across the Country with their family, during their service with duty stations in California, Washington St, Connecticut, North Carolina, New York and Washington DC. Richard also earned his Master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic University in 1969 and taught mathematics at the USCGA. He served on the USCGC Northwind and traveled to both the arctic and Antarctic during deployments. Upon retirement from the Coast Guard, they settled in Houston, Texas, where Richard worked for Rowan Drilling. He also worked with the Belize Government for three years after retirement from Rowan to help them establish a flagging operation.
Richard’s career, both in the USCG and with Rowan, took him to many of the world’s amazing locations. He sailed to both poles, extensive trips to Europe, Asia and Central and South America. Whenever he could, he had Ruth join him. They also traveled extensively throughout their marriage and had wonderful adventures together from Alaska, Europe, Peru, Australia and other locations.
In 2000, Richard and Ruth moved to Boerne to enjoy their well-deserved retirement. However, Richard was not one to sit idly. He served the community of Boerne through several organizations, including Crime Stoppers, his homeowners associations and with Rotary International.
Richard was a member of the Boerne Sunrise Rotary, serving the club and the community in several ways. As was his style, Richard readily volunteered for leadership positions in Rotary. He served as Secretary, Treasurer and President-Elect and President during his many years of active participation in club endeavors. Richard epitomized the Rotary standards of truthfulness, fairness, good will and doing the right thing.
He also served as secretary for his Coast Guard Academy class. Over the years, many Coast Guard officers wrote him and thanked him for his guidance and friendship during their years at the Academy. One Admiral lost his father during his cadet years while a student of Richard’s and was almost dismissed for academic issues. Richard went to bat for him and he was able to stay and went on to serve the Country and obtained the rank of Admiral. The two became lifelong friends. Richard treated everyone with equal dignity and wit and maintained many dear friendships from his high school, college and service days.
There are many stories of Richard quietly serving others with kindness, a joke or meeting other’s needs. He had a light and a love for others. He made us all better. Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Frank E and Norma Haas. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ruth; son Mark; and daughter Kirstin and son-in-law, Chuck Shine; and the light of his eye, granddaughter Kyra Shine. He also leaves brothers Terry Haas and wife Guang Wei (Mass), Brian and Gloria Haas, (South Carolina), Bruce Haas (Virginia), and Douglas Haas (Montana); brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Helen Gram (New Mexico), as well as numerous nephews, nieces, faithful and loving friends and his cherished dog, Ritzy.
We will miss his warmth, his infectious laugh and quick wit. Godspeed until we meet again in God’s home.
A celebration of Richard will be held Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Spring Creek United Methodist Church, Fair Oaks Ranch, TX. Donations can be made in Richard’s name to help build a cyber security department at the United States Coast Guard Academy at or USCGA Alumni Fund, Class of 1960, Cyber project, USCG Academy, 31 Mohegan Ave, New London, CT 06320-8103. To leave condolences for the family, please visit and select obituaries. Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.

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