Vernon Haack

Haack, Vernon Russell February 2, 1925 - April 26, 2013. Vern was born in Saxeville, Wisconsin, on February 2, 1925. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Evelyn Jenks Haack and his two brothers, Donald and Robert. He is survived by his wife, Virginia (Ginger); their two sons, David Moulton Haack and James Ralph Haack; their wives, Shannon and Martha (all of California) and his sister, Patricia Haack Repp of Omro, Wisconsin. He leaves eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He joined the U.S.Marine Corps in 1942 and served during World War II in the paratroop division in the South-Pacific on the islands of Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Pelelui and Okinawa. He was discharged in 1945. He then attended Lawrence College (now Lawrence University) in Appleton, Wisconsin. There he met Virginia (Ginger) Moulton and married her in La Grange, Illinois, on June 18, 1949. Their two sons, Dave and Jim, were born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Along the way, he earned a license to fly single and two engine planes and also took up glider flying. From 1975 to 1981, he and Ginger lived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where Vern, as a chemical engineer and sales manager, worked with Ansul Chemical Co. and then Walter Kidde Co. in their fire-protection divisions. Then on to Mexico City for three years in the same capacity. When he retired in 1990, they moved to Evergreen, Colorado, where he spent many hours building homes with Habitat for Humanity, using the skills his father and grandfather had taught him. His greatest pleasure was seeing the families accept and move into homes of their own. He continued working for the organization in Surprise, Arizona where they moved in 2000 and where Ginger still resides. Those interested are invited to visit his memorial website,, password: habitat.

Published in Naperville Sun on July 28, 2013