3/25/2021 8:53:00 AM Memorial service for Henry Haack planned
Henry L. Haack, 85, a rural Stewartville resident, died on Monday, March 22, 2021 following an illness with cancer. Henry Lee Haack was born Aug. 5, 1935 in Sidney, Nebraska to Hugo and Anna Schwartz Haack. He moved with his family as an eight year old to rural Stewartville, grew up on the family farm, attended a country school and graduated from Stewartville High School in 1953. He enlisted into the U.S. Army serving two years in the Army Air Corps as a helicopter mechanic. Following his discharge, he returned to southeast Minnesota where he began farming and was employed at IBM in Rochester. Henry was married in 1962 to Anne Irene O'Byrne. They were later divorced. Henry was employed at IBM for many years, until his retirement in 1987. He split his time in the warm months at his cabin in Park Rapids, and winter months at his home in Pharr, Texas. He was a past member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Stewartville, where he learned to love the Bible and became a life-long Christian. He was a proud member of the Republican party. Henry was very mechanical, developing many inventions for IBM and on his farm and flying his ultra-lite plane. He enjoyed square dancing and round dancing with Jean, fishing and boating and was a Dallas Cowboy fan. He enjoyed time spent with his many friends and neighbors and his family. Henry is survived by sister-in-law, Darlene Haack of Rochester; brother-in-law, Phillip Stoltenberg of Spring Valley; many nieces and nephews; and special friend and life partner of 19 years, Jean Nelson of rural Stewartville, her children and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Laura Stoltenberg and Cathryn Benke, and three brothers, Burdell, Marvin and Dennis Haack. A private family memorial service will take place at the Broken Rail Cowboy Church on the Jean Nelson family farm. A private family burial will take place at a later date. Memorials may go to Season's Hospice. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Henry are welcome at www.griffin-gray.com.