Robert Hass loved living the easy life, said his brother, David Hass.
“He was laid back, a hippie,” he said. “He never matured past 1968.”
Robert Hass, 61, of Miller, died May 3. He was a master finish carpenter. He was a graduate of Wirt High School and had attended St. Joseph College and Indiana University.
David Hass said his brother had a lot of friends and loved living in Miller, only steps from the beach.
“Even when he was a kid, he told our mother it was the perfect place to live,” he said. “He was a big fan of the lake.”
He was diagnosed with diabetes when he was young, and he struggled with the disease his whole life. Over the course of the years, he lost part of one foot and several toes from the other to the disease. He also had problems with his eyes, his brother said.
“He was bummed when he finally had to stop swimming in the lake,” he said. “He worked through his diabetes the best he could, but it was slowly but surely eating him alive.”
He loved his black Labrador, Youza, and loved walking the dog at Marquette Park.
“Youza was his leaning post, his friend and companion,” he said.
Hass was always generous with his time and his friendship and never forgot people who needed help along the way.
“He would give a shirt to someone who needed one,” he said. “If you were his friend, you were friends for life, unquestioningly and unwaveringly.”