James Haas

James Wayne Haas

Wednesday, September 27th, 1944 - Tuesday, November 24th, 2020
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James W. “Jim” Haas, age 76 of Holmen died November 24, 2020. He was born in Merrill, Wisconsin on September 27, 1944 to Frank J and Verna A (Beilke) Haas. He attended Holy Rosary Grade School in Medford and graduated from Salvatorian Seminary, St. Nazianz, WI. He attended Holy Cross Seminary, UW-Stevens Point and Winona State University. He received an AAS in Accounting from North Central Technical College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from American College.

He married Patrice Will in Merrill. They later divorced. He married Patricia “Patti” Burbach in Sedona, Arizona, who survives. He is further survived by his sons: Christopher (Angela), Burnsville, MN and Scott (Katie), Prior Lake, MN. Grandchildren Jacqueline and Dominic. Sister, Mary Ann Detert, Wausau, Wi and brother Donald (Elaine) of Weston, WI. Step-daughter Jessica (Darren and grandchildren Braedon and Mikenna) Kohlenberger of Indianapolis, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Helen, and brothers Franklin and Thomas. He is also survived by Patti’s German son, Tony Klebenow of Berlin.

At the time of his death, he was President of Jim Haas Associates, Inc. of La Crosse, Arcadia and the Cashton/Sparta area; Managing Partner of Robinson & Haas of Black River Falls and Neilsville; Partner in First Street Investments of Black River Falls and the Aichalden Group of La Crosse. He was also President of Adventure Capital LTD and Consolidated Heat Treat, Inc., Mid-America Industries, Inc. and Mid-America Core & Mold Inc.; Past Treasurer & Production Manager of Modu-Line Windows of Wausau and various other organizations.

He had been active in many organizations including Jaycees, Lions, Kiwanis and La Crosse Citizen Advocacy. He also served as a Board Member and officer of the Pump House Regional Arts Center and La Crosse Youth Symphony. He was active in the Winona Knights of Columbus Club and was past Faithful Navigator of the Bishop Kelly Assembly – 4th Degree KC’s.

Professionally, he was currently serving as past President of the American Society of Tax Professionals and was on the Board of the Wisconsin Associates of Accountants as President-elect and was active in the National Society of Accountants, Public Bookkeepers, Wisconsin Association of Accountants and Minnesota Association of Public Accountants. He formerly was an insurance agent with the Catholic Order of Foresters. He was also Treasure of the Gateway Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, Treasurer of the Cherry Lane Condo Association and past Treasurer of the Lauderdale Hidden Harbor Condo Association.

He asked to be cremated. A time of celebration will be held at a future date. Memorials are preferred to The American Heart Association, The Alzheimer’s Association or to The American Diabetes Association.
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Clint & Susan Ronnenberg

Posted at 04:02pm
It came as a shock to hear of Jim's passing a few weeks ago from the locksmith a few doors down from Jim's Winona office. I've known Jim for the past 38 years and will miss our conversations. On behalf of my family and all of his Winona office clients and friends, I extend our deepest sympathy to the Haas family. God bless.

Clint & Susan Ronnenberg

Marilyn Naseth

Posted at 09:10pm
My husband, Drew, and Jim were good buddies; we spent a few weekends with Jim and Patti in Lanesboro and enjoyed those times together. Drew was privileged to be best man at Jim and Patti's wedding in Sedona, AZ. That was a memorable time for us. Drew and Jim had their last dinner together a year ago, not knowing it was Drew's last evening on this earth. Jim was so helpful after Drew passed with getting his van out of impound and driving it to Winona to Drew's office there. I am sorry for your loss. He will missed by his family, friends, and associates. Marilyn

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