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Obituary for David Haase
David William Haase, age 67, of Peoria passed away peacefully at his home after several months of declining health on February 5, 2014. David was the son of Helen & William James Haase. He married Sally Sommer in 1981; she passed away August 4, 2012. He is preceded in death by his parents and wife. Surviving is his mother in law Nancy Sommer of Peoria, IL, two nephews Thomas P. Sommer III, Daniel Sommer, and sister in law Mary Sommer all residing in Florida. David & Sally lived at the castle on Grandview Drive for 43 years and were known for hosting Halloween trick or treat for thousands of children. They had a very active group of loyal friends whom they entertained in their home with elaborate gourmet dinner parties. David served on the Board of Directors of the Lakeview & Peoria Riverfront Museums for which he designed floats appearing in the Peoria Santa Claus Parade. He was an active supporter of the ARK animal shelter in Lacon and had a love for all animals. He was very active in sailing and had boats in Peoria and Tortola, British Virgin Island in the Caribbean Sea. David & Sally loved to travel and made several worldwide trips. He graduated from Richwood’s High School in 1964 and attended Bradley University where he studied Architectural Design. He spent one semester at Oxford University in England and then attended UCLA. Then his career of designing homes started in Peoria while he studied at UCLA. He was an Architectural Designer who concentrated on upscale estates throughout the country and abroad. He was described by clients as an artist because his skills went beyond designing the estates but also in planning and procuring the furnishing for them. Cremation rites have been accorded by Abts Mortuary in Pekin, IL. Memorial service and internment at First Federated Church will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Peoria Riverfront Museum, the ARK animal shelter in Lacon or a charity the donor’s choice.