Kermit A. Haas of Green Valley passed away Sunday morning, Oct. 22, 2017, after a brief battle with glioblastoma brain cancer. Born in Millstadt, Illinois, on Dec. 17, 1935, to the late Adolph and Ella Heller-Haas, he was one of eight children.
He is survived by one sister, Shirley Fenner (Ron deceased); sister-in-law Ann Haas (Edward deceased); and brother-in-law Don Semmler (Marie deceased).
He was predeceased by: Oliver (Joyce) Haas, Milton (Wilma) Haas, Floyd (Gladys) Haas, Helen (Vernon) Weiss, Marie Semmler and Kenneth Haas.
Kerm and Mary Lee Bean were married in Findlay, Ohio, and celebrated their 55th anniversary in April 2017.
Parents of two daughters, Deborah Haas Williams (Green Valley) and Catherine Haas Perhala (Galion, OH). Kerm was proud of his six grandchildren: Nick, Adam, Jon and David Perhala; Joshua (Alyssa) Wyrsch and Elisha (Carroll) Bonvillain. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
After graduating from Bellville (IL) High School, he served three years in the U.S. Army. He then graduated from DeVry engineering school in Chicago and began his career with AT&T, first in Chicago and then in Blufton, OH. His father-in-law Homer Bean (deceased) encouraged Kerm to learn how to repair clocks; launching his second career/avocation as a Master Clockmaker. Known as “The Clockman” for nearly 50 years, Kerm repaired thousands wall, mantle, cuckoo and grandfather clocks in Northwest Ohio and Green Valley.
In 2004, Kerm and Mary Lee moved to Green Valley, where they enjoyed an active retirement lifestyle. Kerm enjoyed traveling – especially cruises and driving trips.
Kerm was an active member of Valley Presbyterian Church, where he enjoyed ushering, greeting and summer Vacation Bible School. He also was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Findlay, OH. Other memberships included Telephone Pioneers, Amvets and National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Valley Presbyterian Church, Green Valley, Friday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. There will be a service at First Presbyterian Church, Findlay, OH, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Green Valley Food Bank or charity of your choice.