HERBERT MILTON HAAS
August 27, 1900 – February 29, 2004
103 years, 6 months and 2 days
You are joined with your Beloved wife, Bernice,
In a leap year which gave us an extra day with you.
Now take her by the hand, fill your dance card with her
And dance with her forever.
You were always giving kindness.
Never stopping to
judge a man or a woman.
Open to each new
experience with fresh eyes.
Teaching the world
Brotherly Love in your acceptance of all.
to the child in each of us with your Winnie the Pooh innocence of heart.
for their goodness and honest work.
caring, steady and hardworking so as to earn your sleep at the end of the day.
lenient, fair and forgiving. Stable and stalwart, laughing and tearful.
You reminded us to ‘use our heads,’ to wake up in the
morning and ‘work our day’s work out,’ to not hold jealousy
or anger in our hearts. You may have not seen
grade, but you never once stopped seeking to learn
life’s lessons and sharing them with others.
Beauty did not escape your sight: a landscape, a lady,
an act of good deed, a well-oiled
a nice suit, an infant, an animal, a planet, a star, an opportunity to give and
to teach and to learn and receive.
Your life was a painting: a tableau of seasonal rebirth
palette was the rich earth itself.
paint: the unplanted seed.
brushes: your two agile hands.
Your religion was Brotherhood.
place of worship, the Masonic Temple.
spiritual grounds were the asparagus farm, the task at hand, the garden you
person before you in the moment.
You loved to
travel and visit with family, and you equally received us all in your home with
opened arms. You appreciated a good, balanced meal with your black coffee, and
a bowl of vanilla ice-cream to top it all off.
your independence by your willfulness. Not wanting to burden anyone by your
need. Always saying ‘Thank you,’ recognizing when people went out of their way
to return a kindness. Being ever gracious.
Your serenity was
balanced by being happy within your own thought and sharing companionship in
every way. Solitaire, the game you loved to play: turning over a card, to see
what it was, and looking to see where it would fit into the whole picture
before you. Playing, clearing the table, reshuffling, dealing again anew.
Endless contemplation. Myriad possible outcomes. Always eager to see what was
next. Patient to accept the hand. Such was your life.
Everyone who met
you has felt your love: “An extraordinary man.” “A good man.” “A fair leader.”
“ A true companion.” “A wonderful asparagus farmer.” “A loving father.” “The
best Grandpa.” “My sign of courage.”
You are father to
Brian and Carole and Bill, Carole's husband. Your are Grandpa to Jon and
Nicole, and Eva, Jon’s wife.
Great-Grandpa to Meghan and Emily. You are Uncle, Great-Uncle and Great-Great
Uncle to a family line of more than 400 in America and Germany. You are friend
to countless the world-over in how you ‘live and let live.’
One of your
wishes, before you closed your eyes for the last time, was ‘to get better so
you could help others’.
You have blown the
candles out. We will fulfill your wish by keeping your light shining strong in
our deeds. Though we speak of you in the past tense your legacy will always
live in the present with us. As you said so many times: “I’ve had a wonderful
life.” You will be remembered and loved for always. Let us carry you to the
dance hall, you sweet, sweet man.
Viewing and visitation will be held Wednesday, March 3,
2004, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Funeral services at
Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, 10 a.m., Thursday, March 4. Burial to follow at
Lower Valley Memorial Garden. Gathering in remembrance at the Masonic Temple,
Sunnyside. Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital and the Orthopedic
JOHN MARK LANSFORD
John Mark Lansford, 47, of Mabton went to be in the arms of
his Savior, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, in Yakima.
John Mark was born Aug. 7, 1956 in Waco, Texas, the son of
Mary (Adams) and John Douglas O’Bryant. John Mark received his early education
in Waco before moving to Richland in 1980. John Mark received his Associate
degree in auto mechanics from Columbia Basin College. On April 18, 1998 he
married Diane Marshall in Mabton. John Mark was a missionary for the First Love
Ministries in Mabton, and was currently employed by Community Living and Adult
Care in Sunnyside.
John Mark enjoyed spending time in the out of doors with
his dogs, working on cars, reading his Bible and talking with people. John Mark
had an out going personality and made friends easy.
John Mark is survived by his wife, Diane Lansford of
Mabton; step-son, Levi Johnson of Kirkland; his mother, Mary Sawyer of
Richland; and one sister, Marcia Pringle, of Richland. He is also survived by
his grandmother, Bessis Adams of Waco; one aunt; and two nieces.
John Mark was preceded in death by his grandfather, William
Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, March 5, 2004,
from 1 to 8 p.m. with an evening service at 6:30 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home,
Sunnyside. Graveside funeral services will be held Saturday, March 6, 2004, at
1 p.m. at Cleveland Cemetery in Cleveland, Bickleton area. Smith Funeral Home,
Sunnyside, is in charge of arrangements. Those wishing to honor his memory may
contribute to the First Love Ministries, P.O. Box 10, Mabton, WA 98935.