Soldotna resident Clifford "Cliff" L. Haas died Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at his Drift River cabin of natural causes. He was 59.
A memorial potluck will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, at the Moose Family Center, 12516 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai.
Mr. Haas was born June 14, 1944, in Buckeye, Ill., and graduated from Bowler High School in Bowler, Wis., in 1962. He moved to Alaska in May of 1969 and lived in Anchorage.
On April 29, 1972, he married Cathy Kuczmarski and started raising a family. Mr. Haas moved his family to Kenai in 1979 and then to Soldotna in 1982. He started his career as a carpenter while living in Wisconsin and continued in the field when he moved to Alaska, working for NW Constructors. He started his own business, Building Maintenance and Improvements, after moving to the Kenai Peninsula. In 1983, he obtained his real estate license, working for Totem Realty. He started a real estate business, Soldotna Realty, in 1989, which he operated until his death. Mr. Haas was known as friendly, honest and professional.
"Cliff was a dedicated and loving husband, father and grandfather. The joy of his life was the summer visits with his grandchildren. He made time to take them fishing, camping, clamming and to his cabin," his family said.
"Grandpa was a very good friend to us. We will miss our trips to his cabin," his grandchildren said.
Mr. Haas was an avid hunter, fisher and outdoorsman. He always looked forward to moose hunting season but never missed the opportunity to get away on other hunting trips with friends.
Mr. Haas was preceded in death by his mother and father, Richard and Evelyn Haas.
He is survived by his wife, Cathy, of 32 years; daughter and son-in-law, Brandi and Stan Lippincott of Medford, N.J.; son and daughter-in-law, Curtis and Kim Haas, of Soldotna; grandson and granddaughter, Keegan and Payton Conner both of Medford; brothers, Gene and Dave Haas, both of Reno, Nev.; sister, Connie Rickert of Birnamwood, Wis.; and numerous nephews, cousins and a niece.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association, 1057 W. Fireweed Lane, Suite 100, Anchorage, AK 99503.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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