Daniel Lee Haws, 76, of DeKalb, Illinois, his family’s “Gentle Giant,” passed away Monday, March 10, 2014, at home, surrounded by his loved ones. He fought so hard to stay with them, they prayed so much to keep him, but God had other plans. Their miracle was the time he spent with them. Dan will live in their hearts forever. God bless.
Born September 4, 1937, in Ottawa, Illinois, Daniel was the tenth son of 13 children born to Frank and Winifred (Thacker) Haws. He married Janice L. Heins on December 21, 1962, in Reno, Nevada. Daniel was raised in the Catholic faith and was baptized at the Catholic Church of St. Columba, Ottawa, and had his first Holy Communion at St. Patrick’s Church, Rochelle. In later years, he attended First United Methodist Church, Malta.
Daniel spent his younger years in Steward, Rochelle, Davis Junction, Kirkland and Creston. He worked his high-school years for Harms Grocery in Rochelle and later A&P Grocery in DeKalb. He served his country for two years, 1960-62, in the US Army, serving in California, Texas, Washington and Germany. His unit was about to board a plane to Cuba on October 28, 1962, when President John F. Kennedy worked out a plan with Nikita Khrushchev. What a relief.
Upon his discharge, Daniel and Janice began their life together in Redwood City, California. Daniel worked in blueprinting and duplication. Upon their move back to Illinois, Daniel and Janice were blessed with the birth of two sons, and Dan began his career as a meat cutter, working for Shinners Meat Market, then Browns Market, and later became self-employed as part-owner in Malta at the Spot Lite Food Mart. Upon selling Spot Lite, he was employed a short time at Elburn Pack, Elburn.
He then took on a new career, becoming employed for the next 26 years at Northern Illinois University in the heating plant, beginning as a fireman’s helper and retiring January 1, 1996, as a lead engineer. His work ethic was remarkable in that he firmly believed that one should do his best at whatever the task, no matter what. He was proud to have passed this work ethic on to his sons and grandchildren.
Dan’s smile was contagious; his love of country was enormous. His heart was full of pride for his family. Always putting others first, Dan opened doors, helped others with groceries and packages. He also helped many young people find a good path in life and with life’s little problems, knowing the smallest gesture can change someone’s life. That statement applies to people of every age and from every walk of life. His family knows there are angels among us, and Dan was one of the best.
He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Janice; sons, Michael (Lori A.) Haws of Arlington, Texas, and Mark H. Haws of Lake Worth, Texas; two very special grandchildren, Jessica Janiece and Daniel Lawson Haws, both of Lake Worth; siblings, Diane (Duane) Tilton of Creston, John J. (Dorothy) Haws of Winston, Oregon, and Arthur (Alice) Haws of Rochelle; sisters-in-law, Bernice Haws of Stillman Valley and Eva Haws of Oakland, California. Daniel has many nieces, nephews and friends scattered across the United States who will mourn his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents who were married 50 years; sisters, Darlene Haws and Judy (Donald) Hehr; brothers, Ralph F., Vincent (Jessie), William (Madeline), Gerald (Barbara), Donald (Beverly), James and Thomas; nephews, Ronald, Vincent, David, Eugene Donald and Kim Haws and Patrick Davis; and niece, Brenda (Tom) Sisk.
The family extends heartfelt thank-yous to Dr. Sabet Siddiqui, Jeanne M. Oelerich ANP and the staff of the Cancer Center of KishHealth System, Nurse Judy and the so-very helpful staff of KishHealth System Hospice, and Dr. Bhagavatlal Morker and his staff.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb. Burial will follow at Malta Cemetery, with full military honors by American Legion, AmVets and VFW.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Daniel L. Haws Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.