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James L. "Jim" Haag, 89, of Washington, passed away at 5:40 a.m. Saturday at the Villages of Oak Ridge.
He was born Jan. 18, 1928, in Somerville, Indiana, to Firman and Mary Jane (Hellums) Haag. Jim was an amazing man who enjoyed the simple pleasures in life and most importantly being surrounded by his family and friends. He was a very wealthy man, not in a monetary sense, rather rich in life of all who had the pleasure of knowing him, and who called husband, dad, brother, papaw and friend. He worked 28 years as a barber and 25 years as a fastener salesman. Jim was a Washington city councilman for 18 years, was a member of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, Washington American Legion, and life member of the Washington Knights of Columbus. He was also a World War II Navy veteran.
Jim is survived by his wife, Edith (Phillippe) Haag, whom he married Oct. 27, 1951; one daughter, Debbie Burris of Washington; four sons, Greg Haag, Gary (Lori) Haag, Randy (Mary) Haag, all of Washington, and J.R. (Julia ) Haag of Fishers; a sister; Doris Madden of Spotsville, Kentucky; brothers Robert Haag of Carmel and Joe Haag of Beech Grove; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Bryan Haag; brothers Gerald M. Haag, Charles Hurbert Haag, Paul Haag, Lester Haag, Albertus Haag and Francis Haag; sisters Rosemary Sinnott and June Zimmerman.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, with Rev. Paul Ferguson as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery, with military graveside rites by the Washington American Legion and VFW.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ed Lee Mortuary, with a rosary by the Knights of Columbus at 7:45 p.m.
Memorial donations may be given to Washington Catholic Education Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 916, Washington, IN 47501, or Alzheimers Association, 50 E. 91th St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46209-4830
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.edleemortuary.com. Services have been entrusted to Ed Lee Mortuary.
Published on August 14, 2017
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