Thomas J. Haen, 69
Thomas J. Haen age 69 of Land O’ Lakes and Ponte Vedra, Fla. died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011 at his residence in Land O’ Lakes. He was born March 7, 1942 in Manitowoc to the late Alfred and Marion (nee Wiskerchen) Haen and married Diane C. Opgenorth on June 12, 1965 at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in West Bend.
He attended Holy Angels Catholic School before graduating from West Bend High School with the class of 1960. He then attended and graduated from UW-Whitewater.
Tom’s love of aviation was realized at a young age while working with his father at the West Bend Airport. On his 16th birthday he took his first solo flight. Upon his graduation from UW-Whitewater he was hired by Northwest Airlines as a pilot. He worked for Northwest for 36 years, retiring in 2002.
Tom and Diane enjoyed spending their winters in Florida and their summers in Land O’ Lakes where he maintained a hangar and could enjoy his aircraft.
Tom is survived by his wife of 46 years, Diane; three children: Patricia (Eric) Nelson of Long Grove, Ill., Catherine (Perry) Gould of Fox Point and Robert (Anna) Haen of Jacksonville, Fla.; and eight grandchildren: Jack and Lauren Nelson, Alex and Ryan Gould and Will, Cat, Thomas and Claire Haen. He is further survived by five siblings: Marlene (John) Kreilkamp of West Bend, Dana (Jerry) George of Phoenix, Ariz., Chris (Scott) Scheuer of Raleigh, N.C., John (Jackie) Haen of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and Annie (Steve) Straus of Cincinnati, Ohio, his sister-in-law Sue Opgenorth of Land O’ Lakes, his brother-in-law Al Krahn of Richland Center and nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Marion Haen, a brother-in-law Tom Opgenorth and a sister-in-law Janet Krahn.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 at 11 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in West Bend with Rev. Nathan Reesman presiding. Burial will follow in Washington County Memorial Park. Visitation will be Thursday, at the church only from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Memorials to Dr. Kate Home Hospice, PO Box 770, Woodruff, WI 54568 are appreciated.
The Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is serving the family.
Online guestbook and condolences are available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com