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Michael Charles Haas

Published on -12/28/2012, 9:09 AM

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Michael Charles Haas, 41, Kansas City, Mo., died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012.

He was born June 12, 1971, in Denver to Norbert "Chuck" and Geraldine "Jean" (Graff) Haas.

He graduated from Bear Creek High School in Littleton, Colo., and then moved with his parents to San Diego, where he attended the University of California, San Diego for three years.

He moved to Lawrence to complete his education and graduated with a bachelor's degree in architecture and a minor in art history from the University of Kansas in 2001. He then received his master in architecture from the University of Kansas in 2004.

While in graduate school, he traveled to Europe to study architectural design and also worked on the Studio 804 design team who constructed modular housing, which was the 2004 recipient of the distinguished Wood Design Award and Home of the Year Award.

He was employed at AECOM Technology Corp., Kansas City, Mo., as an architectural designer. He started as an architectural intern with Ellerbe Becket (later AECOM) in August 2006. He most recently was working on a new soccer stadium for Marshall University. He also was involved in projects such as the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, Barclays Center Arena for the Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn, N.Y., as well as design studies for Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, Maine.

He was a gifted computer renderer and was sought after in the office to assist in that capacity. He took on the challenge of a temporary relocation to the AECOM San Francisco office for a year to provide computer design expertise and Revit training to that office for the Portland Kaiser health care project. He was described by his team members as a talented architect who had a great personality and an encyclopedic knowledge of sports trivia.

He was said to always give the maximum effort in any task he took on, willingly gave help whenever needed, and was a dedicated associate in the Kansas City office who was loved by all.

Survivors include his mother, Olathe; a sister, Brenda Otting and husband, Craig, and two nephews, Ethan and Colby, all of Lawrence; a sister, Dr. Karen Chapman Haas and husband Dr. Thomas Chapman, a nephew, Jacob, and two nieces, Megan and Dinah, all of Olathe.

He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Mary; his father; and his grandparents, Alfred and Thecla Haas, and Alex and Cecelia Graff.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 210 W. 13th; burial in Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery, Antonino.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, both at Brock's North Hill Funeral Chapel, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601.

A rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, followed by a vigil at 7 p.m., both at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Michael Haas Memorial Fund to be designated at a later date in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be left by guestbook at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or emailed to keithley@ruraltel.net.

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