Arthur J. âArtâ Haar: 1927-2023
Arthur J. ‘Art’ Haar, age 95 of Menno, S.D., formerly of Yankton, S.D., passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at the Menno-Olivet Care Center in Menno. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 2 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Yankton, with Rev. Steve Weispfennig officiating. Burial will be in the Menno Cemetery at approximately 1:30 p.m., Tuesday afternoon with Military Graveside Rites by the Rames Bender American Legion Post and the SDARNGHG.
Art was born July 30, 1927, In Utica, S.D., the son of Fred and Emma (Heckenlaible) Haar. After he graduated from Menno High School, he joined the U. S. Army and served for a year and a half. Following basic training and carpentry school, Art was deployed overseas to South Korea to survey artillery positions in Japan until WWII ended. Arthur has since received honors as a WWII veteran. After services he joined members of his family living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he worked on circuit boards for Collins Radio and Space Aeronautics for 27 years before taking early retirement. After his retirement, he lived in Marion, Iowa, and managed our apartment complex. Later he returned to South Dakota, where he resided in Yankton with his beloved brother Raymond.
Bowling and golfing were activities he shared with Ray. Art was recruited as a high school baseball pitcher, and he loved to attend Chicago Cubs baseball games with his brother Henry. Faithfully following the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, Art was a lifetime fan. Art was also a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Yankton.
He is survived by his nephew and nieces, Steve Haar of Atkins, Iowa, Janet Haar of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Kay (Barry) Jennings of Solon, Iowa; and other relatives in the Yankton and Menno area.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers: Henry (Gladys) Haar, Herb (Jean) Haar, Arnold (Donna) Haar and Raymond Haar; and three sisters: Annette Haar, Anne (Wallace) Lee, and Linda (Don) Merrigan.
Memorial donations may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1009 Jackson, Yankton, SD 57078. The family would like to express their gratitude to the Menno-Olivet Care Center for their compassion and care.