He was born Dec. 22, 1922, in Richards, Mo., the son of Charles and Katie Wilson Haas.
He graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1940 and joined our United States Navy to serve as an electrician 2nd class from the fall of 1940 to 1945.
He married Margaret Marie Niemeir on June 17, 1945, and they celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary this past June.
They spent most of their married life in Fort Scott, Kan., upon completion of his military career on Nov. 10, 1945.
Raymond was employed at the Western Insurance Company as an electrician until he retired.
He was a 4H community leader for many years and member of the Gideons.
Raymond and Marie were faithful and active members of the Bethel Community Church, where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher.
Raymond enjoyed raising stock cattle, farming, fishing, and traveling to spend his vacation with family and friends.
He was known for his mechanical "genius" and used his talents and gifts faithfully to assist his neighbors, family, church, and friends.
Due to ill health, Raymond and Marie moved in October 2007 to Birmingham, Ala., to live with their son Ron and wife Sandy.
Raymond was survived by his faithful and loving wife, Marie; three children, Esther Jenkins and her husband Reverend Randy Jenkins, Lancaster, Penn., Steve Haas and wife Sandy, Riley, Kan., Reverend Ron Haas and wife Sandy, Birmingham, Ala.; 12 grandchildren; 22 great- grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; nephew, Robert Haas, Independence, Mo.; niece, Camelia Anderson of Seminole, Texas, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Katie Haas, and brothers, Robert and Fred Haas.
Rev. Greg Stine, of Bethel Community Church, and Rev. Randy Jenkins, of Real Life Church of God, will conduct funeral services at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, in the Cheney Witt Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until service time. Burial will follow in U. S. National Cemetery at 10 a.m. Monday with Military Honors conducted by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 V.F.W.
Memorials are suggested to either Bethel Community Church marked "Building Fund" or to the Gideon's and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan.
Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.