Obit: Bertrum S. "Bert" Haag
Bertrum S. "Bert" Haag, 93, of Williamsport, the last surviving member of the Original Little League Founder’s Association and retired tool supervisor at AVCO Lycoming, passed away peacefully, Monday morning, April 17, 2017, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family members and friends.
Surviving is his wife of 72 years, Betty L. (McMichael) Haag.
Born June 14, 1923, in Williamsport, he was the last surviving child of the late Amos and Ethel (Gautsch) Haag.
Bert was an avid hunter and fisherman in his younger years and a tinkerer and fixer-upper his entire life. Like many of his Haag kin, he loved carpentry and made all of his children grandfather clocks. Above all else he loved his family and thoroughly enjoyed the family get-togethers at the Haag cabin in Cedar Run. He was particularly proud of the fact that his three sons all played in the Original League and his son-in-law, Bill Forest, who was the bat boy for the team he coached, became a member of the family. He adored his daughter, Sandy and loved visiting their shore home in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
He was a life-long member of the former St. Paul EUB, now St. Paul-Calvary United Methodist Church and served on numerous committees, including major building and renovation committees over the years. He loved being a Mason and was a member of Ivy Lodge 397, F & A.M. and Williamsport Lodge 106, F& A.M. He was also a member of the Williamsport Consistory. Bert was very proud to be a close friend of Carl Stotz, founder of Little League baseball. Near the end of World War II he served in the U. S. Navy on the aircraft carrier, Franklin Roosevelt.
Surviving in addition to his wife are his children, son, Jerry (Marian) Haag, of Elmer, N.J.; daughter, Sandra (William) Forest, of Archdale, N.C.; son, William Haag, of Staten Island, N.Y., and son, James (Donna) Haag, of Williamsport; 10 grandchildren, Carolyn (George) Hawk, Karen (Jim) McKinney, Bill (Roni) Forest Jr., Heather Forest (Mac) Blain, Tracy (Charley) Egan, Michelle Haag, Elizabeth Haag, Scott (Colleen) Haag, Jeff (Aimee) Haag and Christopher Haag; 18 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his three brothers, Harrison, Amos Jr. and Eugene; one sister, Bonita Loreman; a grandson, Bryan Haag; and a daughter-in-law, Carol Haag.
A funeral service to honor the life of Bert will be held 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 19 at St. Paul-Calvary United Methodist Church, 1427 Memorial Ave., Williamsport, with the Rev. Jennet Wertz officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at St. Paul-Calvary United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Bert’s name to St. Paul-Calvary United Methodist Church, 1427 Memorial Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701 or the Original League, P.O. Box 4162, Williamsport, PA 17701.