William Hass

William Lawrence "Bill" Hass

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William Lawrence Hass (Bill), loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend died on Friday, June 26, 2020 in a Houston hospital after a long battle with COPD. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri on September 14, 1939, grew up in Lexington, Kentucky before moving to Texas as a young man to work on a seismic crew. He soon moved to Houston where he lived the rest of his life. He was a typographer in the Graphic Arts field and the proprietor/owner of Technical Typesetting for most of his career. He was active in the PIGC (Printing Industries of the Gulf Coast) and served on the board of the Graphic Arts Credit Union. His company, Technical Typesetting, won the “Best Use of Type” award at the Graphic Excellence Awards 1986. When desktop publishing changed the typesetting world, he went to work at The Houston Chronicle and then American Color until he retired in 2004.

Bill had a strong Christian faith and was a very active member of Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church for over 50 years, serving as usher, Sunday School teacher, Youth sponsor, Palmer Place volunteer and teacher of computer skills to the elderly.

He was a lover of the outdoors and enjoyed gardening for many years. His parents, sister and he all played golf, with Bill working as a caddy during his teenage years. He enjoyed quiet conversations. His kind, gentle spirit made him a favorite of many people. His proof reading and print organizational skills served his children well when it came to school projects and research papers. His family shares fond memories of long road trips and camping. Bill was known for meticulously wrapping bricks in presents for weight and always including a layer of newpaper under the wrapping paper, not to mention his love of putting paper clips and clothes pins on everything! He was famous for loading the dishwasher, never starting it until he was sure that not one more item could possibly fit.

He is predeceased by his parents, Beulah and Carl Hass of Lexington, KY, his sister-in-law Laura Walsh Bleil, his godson/nephew Brett Bleil and other family and friends. He is survived by his wife Barbara Walsh Hass, his son Andrew Lawrence Hass, daughter-in-law Elizabeth Schelski and grandson Hayden; his daughter Sarah Janssen and grandsons Carl, Noah and Wyatt Janssen, all of Houston, TX; his sister Carlene Hass Adams of Lexington, KY , brother-in-law Thomas Walsh of Seattle, WA, step sister-in-law Marcia Sanderson of Wimberley, TX, step brother-in-law David Rountree of Houston, TX; nieces Lori Adams of Lebanon, IN, Varina Bleil of Los Angeles, CA, Carol Gardner of Sealy, TX and Jennifer Sanderson of San Marcos, TX; nephews Doug Adams of Lexington, KY, Bryan Bleil of Austin, TX, John Sanderson of Wimberley, TX, David Walsh of Seattle, WA and other precious family members and friends.

There will not be a service for him at this time until it is safe to gather again. The family suggests donations to Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church Endowment Fund, 6221 Main Street,Houston, TX 77030 or to a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers. There is a website to view the obituary and pictures and leave condolences, comments and memories:
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Susan Johnson Broer

Posted at 03:32pm
I was so sorry to read of Bill’s passing. He was a wonderful man, so kind and so generous with his time. I knew him a lifetime ago when I was a graphic artist and he a typesetter. When I left the security of an agency job to strike out on my own, he was supportive and encouraging when others expressed doubts. Always a true gentleman, he was loved, admired, and respected by all who knew him. My deepest sympathy to Barbara and all his family.

Susan Johnson Broer

Carolyn S. Gentry

Posted at 12:04pm
So sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. My deepest sympathy and prayers for each of you during this difficult time.

Joey Hunter

Posted at 02:54pm
Dear Hass Family,

I was saddened to read about Bill in the Chronicle today. I came to know Bill during our time with the Palmer Place apts. volunteer group. He was always offering to do things like repairing furniture or some other heavy lifting, so kind and helpful. I enjoyed seeing him at church with you, his lovely family and knew he was in declining health in recent years when I did not see him in church on Sundays. My prayers are with you during this sad time.

Joellen "Joey" Hunter


Posted at 10:50am
Barbara, I am sorry to hear about Bill. Sending prayers and love to you and your family.
Stephanie Prebula

Sharon & Fred Tooley

Posted at 12:06pm
So very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Bill was a wonderful, kind man. His memory is a blessing to all who knew him. All our love & sorrow,
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