A funeral Mass for Martin Haag, 93, of Dickinson, formerly of Fairfield, ND, will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 27, 2018 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Belfield with Msgr. Thomas Richter celebrating. Burial will take place in St. Bernard’s Catholic Cemetery with military rites being presented by the William C. Blair Post #144.
Visitation for Martin will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday, October 26, 2018 at Stevenson Funeral Home, Dickinson with a rosary and vigil service taking place at 6:00 p.m.
We mourn the passing of our dear grandfather, great-grandfather, father, and husband, Martin, on
October 24, 2018. He guided with a strong hand, gentle heart, an unwavering faith in God, and his unquestionable love for his family. We are celebrating a life well lived.
Martin was born October 28, 1924 to Nick and Monica (Keller) Haag. He lived in Fairfield when he entered into the Navy in 1943; serving in World War II on the U.S.S. Richmond, a battle cruiser, where he witnessed the surrender of Japan. After leaving the Navy in 1946, he went to Agricultural School under the G.I. Bill. In 1947, he used that education to establish a farming business to support his family, and create a home. We all have fond memories of the family farm. After hearing the numerous stories, of our parents, walking up hill (both ways) to school in the snow, we know they learned perseverance, hard work, sacrifice, and most importantly love.
He also had a strong sense of duty towards his community which is evident by the numerous organizations, boards, and awards he received. He was a long-time member of the Billings Golden Valley County Social Service Board, a member of the American Legion for 64 years, a
member of the Roosevelt Custer Regional Council for 35 years, served on the Department of Agricultural Soil Conservation Board for 30 years, Eucharistic Minister at St. Bernard’s Church in Belfield for 20 years, and had 34 years of dedicated outstanding service as an elected supervisor of the Western Soil Conservation District.
Just to name a few of his achievement awards: Conservation achievement award in 1967, 1974-1975 Knights of Columbus Knight of the year, 1996 Grand Award District Board Member in recognition of Devoted Service and support of the Western Soil Conservation District, 1996 North Dakota Soil Conservation Layperson Award, 2001 North Dakota Weed Control Association Senior Career Award, and the 2002 Lewis Odland Memorial for outstanding effective area wide leadership and dedication.
Grandpa was 93 years young and had seven children, 24 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Evelyn, Dickinson, ND; and his children; Kathy Light, Mineral Wells, Texas; Connie (Vince) Gillette, Bismarck, ND; Nick (Gail) Haag, Spearfish, SD; Susan Sanchez, Cheyenne, WY; Tina Thornton, Dickinson, ND; Jim (Roxann) Haag, Fairfield, ND; brothers, Ralph (Beverly) Haag, Dickinson; Leo Haag, Dickinson; Jean Stockert, Dickinson; and numerous nieces and nephews
He is preceded in death by his parents Nick and Monica Haag; brother, Ed Haag; two sisters, Clementine Hartman and Betty Koenig: three brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; two sons-in-law; one daughter, Sandra Flath; one grandson, Brant Flath; and one granddaughter, Jennifer Haag.
Our grandparents embody values which today appear so old fashion that they seem almost quaint- their commitment, their faith, their honesty, their absolute selflessness, their complete disinterest in ego and materialism, and their relentless adversity to fulfill their duty to their family, without praise or gratitude. We can only hope and pray that these qualities will continue to be passed on from generation to generation.
Special Thanks to St. Benedicts Health Center for all their excellent care and compassion
Burial Date: October 27, 2018
Funeral Home Dickinson, ND
Funeral Mass: 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 27, 2018, St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Belfield
Rosary & Vigil Service: 6:00 p.m., Friday, October 26, 2018, Stevenson Funeral Home, Dickinson