Merlin Hass - Marine Corps
Merlin Hass lived in Manning and was married in 1956 to Verna Singsank. He is the son of Julius and Lena (Clausen) Hass, and grandson of Claus and Anna (Meeves) Hass and Henry and Dorathea (Rasmussen) Clausen.

Merlin joined the Marines in 1951 at the age of nineteen before attending boot camp in San Diego, California. After completing security training he was assigned to Marine Security Detachment on the battleship USS - Iowa. His first deployment, departing California, was to Pearl Harbor.

Following Hawaii, his military tours took him to Korea for one year and into Japan. Merlin, at this time, met up with Willis "Whitey" Lohmeier, also from Manning, Iowa.

Merlin returned to Pearl Harbor and briefly in California before tours to the Panama Canal, Rio De Janeiro, and Haiti. He then headed to the eastern US coast, Virginia, before being re-assigned to the US Naval Retraining Command in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. As a sergeant Merlin was put in charge of the Prison Control Center housing 3200 US prisoners.

On May 20, 1954, Sergeant Merlin Hass was honorably discharged from the USMC. Merlin joined the civilian work force and later retired in 1996. As of 2017, Merlin was residing in Manning with his wife Verna. They have three children, Jon, Joanie (Al) Lueders, and David; with seven grandkids (two married with one great-grandson).

Willis "Whitey" Lohmeier & Merlin Hass - at Pearl Harbor

Merlin Hass
Merlin Arnold Hass, age 89, of Manning, passed away on Monday, August 24, 2020, at Accura Healthcare of Manning
Mass of the Christian Burial Sacred Heart Catholic Church - Manning Wednesday, August 26, 2020 11:00 AM
Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the Mass.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manning with Fr. Randy Schon as Celebrant. Music for the service will be by Ann Muhlbauer. Casket bearers will be Merlin's grandchildren: Adam Hass, Eric Hass, Alex Hass, Christie Lueders, Danny Lueders, Ricky Lueders, Kody Lueders. Honorary casket bearers will be his great-grandchildren: Raelle and Delaney Hass, Leena, Cayden, Parker, Drew, and Tate Lueders. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery near Manning with military honors by the Manning VFW and the US Marine Corps.

Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the Mass. Those in attendance at the Mass are required to wear face covering and are asked to abide by Covid-19 social distancing guidelines.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home and online condolences may be left for the family at

Merlin, son of Julius and Lena (Clausen) Hass, was born August 9, 1931, near Aspinwall in Crawford County, Iowa. He was baptized in June of 1933 and confirmed in February of 1949. Merlin grew up near Aspinwall and attended a country school in Iowa Township through the eighth grade. He then attended Manning High School through the tenth grade, having to quit due to the death of his father. He then farmed with his mother.

From May of 1951 through May of 1954, Merlin served with the U.S. Marine Corps. He was sent to Korea and attained the rank of Sergeant. Upon his honorable discharge, Merlin returned to Iowa.

On June 25, 1956, Merlin was united in marriage with Verna Singsank at Sacred Heart Church in Manning. The couple made their home in Manning with three children born to this union. Merlin worked for the Green Bay Lumberyard, Manning Creamery, Well's Blue Bunny and then at Rasmussen Lumber for eleven years until his retirement in 1990.

Merlin was a member of Sacred Heart Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Throughout the years, he enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Merlin is survived by his three children: son Jon (Sharon) Hass of Hampton, Iowa; daughter Joanie (Al) Lueders of Westside, Iowa; and son David (Kim) Hass of Westside, Iowa; eight grandchildren: Adam Hass, Eric (Jess) Hass, Alex (Courtney) Hass, Christie (Jay) Lueders, Danny (Paige) Lueders, Ricky (Marjie) Lueders, Kody (Eryn) Lueders, and Zach Simons. Great-grandkids: Raelle and Delaney Hass; Leena, Cayden, Parker, Drew, and Tate Lueders. One Brother, Lester, Harlan, Iowa. Sister-In-Laws: Jean Singsank, Manning, Iowa, Connie Singsank, Manning, Iowa, Laurel (Earl) Vogl, Carroll, Iowa A, Cleo (Gary) Hansen, Overland Park, Kansas. Nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife Verna in June 2013. His parents, three brothers: Hank (Zita) Hass, Melvin (Vernetta) Hass, and Marvin (Florence) Hass; two sisters LaVerne (Earl) Schmidt, and Helen (Ray) Schuldt; two brothers-in-laws: Earl Singsank, and Glen Singsank; and three sisters-in-laws: Viola Hass, Margaret (Russ) Popp, and Della (Don) Berg.

Jon Hass MHS 1975

Joan Hass MHS 1978

David Hass MHS 1986

Back: Martin Bogatzke, David Hass
Front: Rodney Frank, Barb Crandall

50th wedding anniversary

Back: Alan Leuders, Adam Hass, Alex Hass, Jon Hass, Ricky Leuders, Kody Leuders
Middle: Joanie (Hass) Leuders, Donny Leuders, Christie Leuders, David Hass, Eric Hass
Front: Verna (Singsank) Hass, Merlin Hass

1981 Manning Centennial history book

Merlin's parents were Julius and Gondalena (Clausen) Hass. He was the youngest of seven children. There were two brothers, Henry of Denison and Lester of Manilla, two sisters, Helen Schuldt, and Laverne Schmidt of Denison, and two deceased brothers, Marvin and Melvin of Manning.
Verna's parents were John and Johanna (Muhlbauer) Singsank. There were seven children, Earl and Glenn of Manning, Margaret Popp of Ute, Ardella Berg of Westside, Laurel Vogl of Carroll, and Cleo Hansen of Manilla.
Merlin and Verna were married June 25, 1956, by Father Thomas Malloy. They were the first couple married in the Sacred Heart Church at its present location in Manning.
They have lived all their married life in Manning, first in an apartment above Ben Joens Real Estate building (which is now a parking lot), then at their present location in the home they purchased from John Schrum. They have three children, Jon of Carroll, Joan and David of Manning.
Merlin worked for Brandt Construction before entering the Marine Corps. He later worked at the Green Bay Lumber Co., and the Manning Creamery Co., until it was sold to Well's Dairy Co. seven years ago. He is now employed at Well's Dairy, Denison. Verna worked at Priebe and Sons and for Gib T. Phillips, State Farm Insurance.

Julius & Lena Hass farm
1981 Manning Centennial history book

Julius Valentine Hass was born December 31, 1888, in Denison Township, Crawford County, to Claus Henry Hass and Anna Marie Meeves. Julius had one brother William (deceased), whose widow resides at Elm Crest Apartments, and two sisters, Ella (Mrs. George Beck) and Catharine (Mrs. Carl Otto), are both deceased.
Julius married Gondalena Henrietta Clausen November 19, 1913, at the home of her parents. Lena, as she was better known, was born June 7, 1894, in Otter Creek Township, Crawford County, to Henry Claus Clausen and Dorathea Rasmussen. Lena had two brothers, John and Lorenz, both deceased. John's widow, Mrs. Frank Littleton (Lizzie) resides in Denison.
The first year of their marriage, Julius and Lena resided on the Ohde farm near Manning. They moved to Aspinwall, where Mr. Hass did carpenter work for three years. They bought a farm northwest of Aspinwall in 1918, where they resided until the time of his death in 1943. Julius and his sons were Spotted Poland China breeders for many years.
Lena Hass had a farm sale in 1951. She moved to her home at 119 Main St., Manning, where she passed away August 19, 1973.
Lena sold her farm to Alphonse Irlbeck in 1954, and Mrs. Margaret Irlbeck still resides on the farm.
Seven children were born to Julius and Lena: Henry of Denison, Marvin (deceased in 1954), Helen (Mrs. Raymond Schuldt) of Denison, Melvin (deceased in 1974), Laverne (Mrs. Earl Schmidt of Denison), Lester of Manilla, and Merlin of Manning.
Mr. and Mrs. Hass were affiliated with the Lutheran Church in Manning. Both had received their educations in the rural schools.
Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Hass and their children, Jon, Joan and David, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Hass and family (a grandson), and Mrs. Melvin Hass (Vernetta) reside in Manning.

May 1968 Hass family

Back: Sandra, Virgil, Bruce
Melvin, Vernetta

Verna Singsank MHS 1955

Laurel Singsank MHS 1957

Cleo Singsank MHS 1960

Glen Singsank MHS 1953

Ellen Coleman & Earl Singsank Washington No. 5 country school

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