Obituary for Marlyn "Buddy" Haas

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Marlyn “Buddy” Haas of La Crosse passed away at Gundersen Hospital Sunday July 23, 2017.
Buddy was born in La Crosse on November 19, 1932 to Andrew Haas and Elizabeth Freismuth of Onalaska. Buddy spent part of his childhood at home and part as a resident at Northern Wisconsin Colony and Training School. As an adult he spent several years living with his father at their home on Sand Lake Road, Onalaska. Buddy took pride in the fact that he had many household responsibilities like keeping the wood stove stoked. After his father’s death he lived in adult foster care and most recently at Bethany Riverside Nursing Home.
Buddy was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and four sisters. Later in life Buddy took great joy in a reestablished relationship with his two youngest sisters, Rose Swiggum and Arlene Menard.
Buddy’s quick smile and hearty laugh will be missed by all those who knew him or cared for him, including his legal guardian for nearly 30 years, Randy Hoelzen, his caregivers for over 25 years, Ron and Dennis, the staff of La Crosse Human Services, Community Link, the Merit Centre South, Bethany Riverside and Gundersen Health System.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 28th at 11:00 a.m. at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 401 Main Street Onalaska. Pastor Lisa Shank will officiate and burial will be in the Onalaska Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Friday at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until time of services. Information and online condolences may be given to the family at