Lewis F. “Lewie” Hass, Jr.,a lifetime resident of the Valparaiso area,
passed away Monday, October 17, 2011, at the age of 72.
He was born on July 6, 1939, in Valparaiso, to Ludwig and Marguerite (Hockelberg)
Lewis graduated from Chesterton High School and went on to graduate from
Purdue University with an Agriculture degree. He had worked as a
metallurgist for U.S. Steel and farmed his family’s farm.
He was a member of the St. Peter Lutheran Church, Portage and a volunteer
for the Porter County Cancer Society. Lewis was known to many as the “Sign
Guy” and for being very involved with the clean up of local creeks and
He loved farming, raising cattle, was an avid reader and a history buff.
Lewis will be greatly missed by those whose lives he touched.
He is survived by his sister-in-law, Pamela Hass of Valparaiso; nephew and
family, Jeffrey, Nora, Alexandra, and Joshua Hass of Naperville, Ill., niece
and family, Julie Hass and Emily McMurphy of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma;
brother, Dr. Richard Hass of Lake Station; nephew Andrew Hass; niece
Elizabeth Hass; and Lewis was adopted by grandchildren, Becca and Ryan
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Randall Hass.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 22, at 10:30 a.m. at
Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso, with Pastor Fred Hoover
officiating. Burial is to follow at McCool Cemetery, Portage.
Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials are requested to the Porter County Cancer