Haas, Phillip 1904 – 2000

Phillip Haas was born Aug 14, 1904, in Perrysburg to Martin and Mary (Sattler) Haas. He married Irene O. Ernsthausen on Feb. 8, 1934, in Perrysburg, OH. Phillip and Irene had two children; Anita Kopp of Perrysburg, OH and Richard Haas of Lemoyne, OH. Irene preceded him in death in October of 1995. Phillip died April 12, 2000 while living at the Community Nursing Home, Bowling Green.

Mr. Haas was a member of St. Jerome’s Catholic Church, Walbridge where he was an usher St. Rose Parish in Perrysburg for 10 to 15 years, a charter member of the Troy Township Fire Department, and the last surviving member of the all Haas Ball Team of Stony Ridge.

Phillip H. Haas was a retired marshal and maintenance superintendent in Luckey and a former chief of the Troy Township fire Department. Mr. Haas was Luckey’s only law enforcement officer from 1950 until his retirement in 1976. At the same time, he handled the village’s maintenance needs alone, and he was proud that in 1948 he was one of the founding members of the Troy Township fire department, where he served as chief from May 9, 1950 to April 1, 1976.

“He always said that he would never retire from the fire department. I don’t think he ever did. They just put him on an inactive list so that he could hang around the fire station because that was his true love,” Mrs. Kopp said.

Originally of Stony Ridge, M. Haas was the last living member of a recreational baseball team in Stony Ridge known as the “All Haas Team” which his daughter said was made up exclusively of players named Haas.

“Nobody could beat them,” she said. “They came from two families named Haas, who lived a couple of blocks apart in Stony Ridge, and they had a couple of guys who spelled their last names the same way, but they pronounced it differently. They played teams from Pemberville, Scotch Ridge, and other towns around here.” The baseball team stopped playing in the middle 1930’s, and Mrs. Kopp noted that her father had been the oldest baseball player on the All Haas Team, but she added that he outlived all of his baseball cronies.

The operators of Nollenberger Truck Center, Inc., on U. S. 20, where Mr. Haas formerly repaired farm tractors, the residents of Luckey and Troy Township, and his granddaughter, Dr. Barbara Kopp Miller, learned to appreciate “The variety of things that he was good at because it seemed to me that he could do anything that he set his mind to,” his granddaughter noted.

Mr. Haas liked deer hunting in Pennsylvania and Michigan, picking wild mushrooms in Michigan, and his role as law enforcement officer. “He scolded us all the time,” she said. “He also loved razzing and teasing people, but he was never vindictive,”

As village marshal, Mr. Haas used his personal auto to patrol the village, his grandson, Brian Kopp, said but serious crime was almost nonexistent, so Mr. Haas spent a lot of is time correcting juveniles who were misbehaving. “I think he liked being the town marshal and the township fire chief because I believe he enjoyed being recognized around town” Mr. Kopp said. His wife Irene O. Ernsthausen preceded him in death, passing in 1995

[Most of the preceeding text is from a news article published in the Toledo Blade 14 Apr 2000 following his death and obituaries from the Toledo Blade and Sentinel Tribune, B.G.]