William Vincent Hass, 94, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Riverview Health Services in Flandreau.
Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Skroch Funeral Chapel. Burial is in Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Cemetery. Visitation is from 4 – 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral chapel.
He was born on June 23, 1918, to Carl and Pauline (Braun) Hass in rural Wentworth and grew up on farms in the area.
He attended Franklin grade school and high school and from there he went on to South Dakota State University and received a bachelor’s and a master’s degrees. William began his career in education in Farmer, where he was a teacher and coach. It was here he met his future wife, Winifred Hayden. They were married on July 29, 1943, in Sioux Falls and first lived in Chester, where he was an administrator and coach, taking his boys’ basketball team to the state tournament.
They had six children and in 1951 they moved to Flandreau where he served as principal of the high school until his retirement in 1981. Winifred died Nov. 10, 1989. William later married Frances Halverson who died Sept. 4, 2004.
In his free time Bill was an avid golfer and bridge player and he enjoyed the title of champion pinochle player in the family.
He is survived by three sons, William C. (Debbie) of Manhattan Beach, Calif., Donald of Flandreau and Michael of Folsom, Calif.; three daughters, Jean Wood of Mt. Vernon, Ill., Kathy (Grant) Anderson of Le Center, Minn., and Bette (Pete) Osman of Redmond, Wash.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by both wives, a sister, Mildred and a brother, Carl.
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