Jerome H. Haslag, age 98, of Loose Creek, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, May 13, 2022, at Jefferson City Manor in Jefferson City.
Jerome was born on December 16, 1923, on the family farm in Loose Creek, a son to the late Conrad and Gertrude (Orscheln) Haslag.
Jerome was a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School in Loose Creek. After high school, he worked for Gerard Muenks doing farm work. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II from August 14, 1944, to July 2, 1946. He served in the 79th Infantry Division. Before returning home after the war, he served with headquarters company, second battalion, 26th infantry regiment, first division for ten months as a supply clerk. Following that he worked in the German prison of war camp near Nurnberg, Germany.
After getting home, he worked various jobs for farmers in the area. He then went to Veteran School under the GI Bill for 3 years. He then worked for Martin, Lawrence, Sylvester, and Herbie Backes in poultry plants as well as working his farm. He later worked at Algoa Prison as a guard. He farmed his land until 1999.
On August 27, 1953, Jerome was united in marriage to Johanna “Janet” Schaefer at St. George Catholic Church in Linn. Janet preceded him in death on December 15, 2016.
Jerome was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Loose Creek where he was active with the parish council. He was also a member of the Linn VFW Post 4756.
Jerome enjoyed gardening, and delivering all his vegetables to family, friends, and neighbors. He also enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, and playing Pitch and Preference.
Jerome is survived by his four children, Paul Schaefer of Fort Apache, Arizona, Wanneta Curry of Jefferson City, Melita Oldelehr and her husband Michael of Jefferson City, and Bonita Verdot and her husband Bill of Linn; seven grandchildren, Jill Regier and her husband Jeff, Marcus Oldelehr and his wife Lindsey, Marisa Schalhamer and her husband Todd, Maribeth McCormack and her husband Tom, Amanda Verdot and her significate other Travis, Clayton Verdot and his wife Abby, and Curtis Verdot; eleven great grandchildren, Jet, Jace, Jayla, Sydney, Dane, Addison, Hadley, Ty, Tommi, Calli, and Vance; three brothers, Albert Haslag, Bernard Haslag and Conrad Haslag Jr. all of Loose Creek, along with many nieces, nephews and friends.
In addition to his parents and spouse of 63 years, Jerome, was preceded in death by a grandson, Brad Curry; a son-in-law, Mike Curry, a brother, Hugo Haslag and two sisters-in-law, Genrose and Theresa Haslag.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Loose Creek.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Loose Creek with Rev. Anthony Rinaldo as the Celebrant. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow in the Immaculate Conception Parish Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Loose Creek or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Morton Chapel, Linn, Missouri (897-2214)