John Lawrence Hass was born August 28, 1925 at Spencer, SD to Fred and Nellie Hass. He attended school at Alexandria, SD before moving with his family to a farm north of Emery in 1938. He resided at the family farm his entire life and retired from farming in 1995. On June 20, 1981 he married Mayda Moody at Miller, SD. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Emery. John was known as a quiet, but very caring and gentle man. He worked hard and appreciated the goods things in life, especially his family and friends. He will be missed by his best friend and loyal companion, his dog Mac.
He is survived by his two step-daughters: Charlotte Christopherson of Miller, SD and Yvonne Stephans of Red Cloud, NE; one step-son: Edward Moody and wife, Carol of Little Falls, MN; sixteen grandchildren; thirty-four great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Mayda in 2006.