Erwin James Haas

December 11, 1935January 23, 2019

Erwin James “EJ” Haas passed away on January 23, 2019. EJ was born in Weimar, Texas in 1935, to Agnes (Bednarz) and Joe F Haas. He attended elementary and middle school at St. Rose Catholic School in Schulenburg and graduated from Schulenburg High School in 1954, whereby he played multiple sports, was senior class president, and worked on the class newspaper. He was drafted into the Army in 1959 where he was stationed in Schweinfurt Germany and earned a place on the rifle team. After military service, he was hired by the US Postal Service and had a 35-year career as letter carrier, supervisor, and assistant general manager. Before he retired from the USPS, he acquired cattle ranching know-how from his father-in-law. After retirement, EJ and Joyce raised cattle and ranched for 19 years, pushing up to 100 head. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus Council 4550 in Houston.

He will be remembered by his wife of 57 years, Joyce Berger Haas, and their children Steve Haas of Katy (and wife Sue) and Andy Haas of Georgetown (wife Sheryl), and grandchildren Steven Jr (fiancé Erica), Drew, Jordan, and Kelly. He is also survived by his sisters, Elsie Farek and Mabel Mazoch, and numerous nieces and nephews.

EJ was a devout Catholic, husband, and father. Raised by a sharecropper, he learned values of hard work, being frugal, and independent thinking through research. Passionate of doing right, he often would take self-less acts of service and responsibility by volunteering to many causes throughout his life. He was a big supporter of his kids, grandkids, nieces, and nephews’ sports/events by attending games and recitals. With Joyce, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, ranching, dancing, and traveling. He enjoyed a modest life of reward with beer and bourbon and game of dominos with friends and family. He will be greatly missed.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to either St. Pius X High School (Houston) or St. Michael Catholic School (Weimar).


  • Visitation Saturday, January 26, 2019
  • Recitation of Rosary Saturday, January 26, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, January 28, 2019
  • Rite of Committal Monday, January 28, 2019

Erwin James Haas

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Dorothy Rigg

January 26, 2019

We are saddened to know that Uncle E J is not here on earth but Happy that he is with our Lord! I will always have a smile for my uncle, he loved to take pictures of us when visiting Aunt Elsie and always gave us information about the travels that he and Aunt Joyce had been on. I will always remember you, Uncle E J! Rest in Peace!
Bless you Aunt Joyce, and may your days going forward give you peace and love that you had a wonderful husband and friend thru all the days you had together.
Dorothy and John

Rebecca (Becky and William) Helmer

January 25, 2019

My Dear Joyce,

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved EJ. Whenever we met at a dinner or other occasion we always enjoyed sitting in close proximity to you and EJ because William and EJ seemed to get along so well. I know what a wonderful life you two had together. Especially after our retirements we enjoyed hearing of your traveling adventures. And of course, the yearly newsletter at Christmas.

May God be of comfort and peace to you and the family as you grieve. Remember the best times, I'm sure there were so, so many.

Rest in peace EJ, you deserve it after the years you put in at the USPS. Rest in peace too Joyce because the best is yet to come. You will be together again on the other side. Another adventure for the future,