Published in The Times from 6/20 to 6/21/2009
On June 15, 2009, Richard "Dick" Haack of Nokesville, VA passed
away at the age of 87 due to complications of polymyositis and pneumonia.
Dick was the beloved husband of Marjorie L. (Robbins) Haack for 60 years
and was the loving father of Robin L. (Haack) Blaemire.
Dick will forever be remembered by his wife and daughter, as well as his
son-in-law, Kevin B. Blaemire; his three grandchildren: Jessica Blaemire
Thaxter, Brian Blaemire and Kevin R. Blaemire; and his grandson-in-law,
Peter Blaemire Thaxter. Dick is also survived by his two sisters, Evelyn
Mason and Marian Yauch, his two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Haack and Sherry
Robbins Shelly; and his brother-in-law, Don Robbins; along with countless
other family and friends whom he treasured.
Dick loved nothing better than being a father and grandfather, and was
looking forward to the birth of his first great-grandchild later this
Dick was born and raised in Hammond, IN. He graduated from Hammond Tech
High School in 1941, where he played with his elder brother Robert on
the Tiger's 1940 state championship basketball team, and was the last
Dick continued his athletic endeavors at Bradley University, where he
played baseball and basketball, graduating in 1949 with a Bachelor of
Science degree in Industrial Arts.
He was a member of the Sigma Phi Fraternity and was inducted into the
Bradley Hall of Fame upon graduation as a result of his sports accomplishments.
His college career was interrupted to proudly serve his country in World
War II. As a member of the 26th Special Service Company of the Army, he
participated in the D-Day invasion and helped liberate Dachau, a German
Dick played professional baseball in the Chicago Cubs minor league organization
as a pitcher and was a member of the Association of Professional Ball
Players of America.
Following his military service and career in professional sports, Dick
was a machinist at Hadady Machine Company for 33 years, from which he
retired in 1984.
Dick enjoyed the outdoors and especially loved to fish and hunt. He also
enjoyed tending to his garden in Pompano Beach, FL, where he and his wife
spent part of their retirement before settling in Virginia.
He maintained his lifelong love of sports and enjoyed cheering for numerous
teams, including his Chicago Cubbies. Dick was a lifelong member of the
Immanuel United Church of Christ in Highland, a 50-year member as a Master
Mason of McKinley Lodge No. 712, a member of the Low 12 Club, the Ancient
Accepted Scottish Rite of South Bend Consistory and the Foresters Fraternal
He was proud to have been inducted into the Hammond Sports Hall of Fame
in 2003. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made
in Dick's memory to The Myositis Association (www. myositis.org) or the
American Cancer Society (www. cancer.org).