William “Bill” Haig, age 89, of Grand Rapids, MN passed away Friday, September 6, 2019 at Grand Village Nursing Home, surrounded by family.
Bill was born in 1929 to William and Esther Haig in Duluth, MN. Bill graduated from Central High School and joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served during WWII and the Korean Conflict, as a Combat Veteran. Bill met the love of his life in the dishpan at her sister’s wedding. He and Carolyn Haider were united in marriage on June 24, 1950 in Duluth, MN. Bill started his career at MN Power in Duluth, transferred to Hoyt Lakes, before settling in Grand Rapids in 1958. Bill continued his career for MN Power in Cohasset until his retirement in 1991 as the Manager of Operations.
Bill and Carol enjoyed cross country skiing and hiking along the North Shore, family camping trips, deer hunting, fishing, wild ricing with family and friends, traveling out west in their motor home and long walks with each other in the woods. They loved the outdoors and passed that love down to their family. He especially enjoyed family gatherings for any purpose. Bill loved his family immensely, and strongly believed in family strength and unity. Bill was a Boy Scout and Cub Scout leader and member of the Knights of Columbus in Biwabik. Bill loved the Lord and his hope was in Jesus Christ. He was member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Preceded in death by his parents; brother, Arthur “Bud”; sister, Lois; and two grandchildren, Heather Pierce and Tom Saeland.
Bill is survived by his wife of 69 years, Carol; daughters, Teresa (Leonard) Lea, Catherine (Mike) Brown, Margaret “Peggy” (Mike) Krook; sons, William Jr. (Teri) Haig, Michael Haig, Daniel Haig; 14 grandchildren; many great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; dogs, Gridly and JoJo; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Visitation will be Thursday September 12, 2019 beginning at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Grand Rapids, MN followed by the 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial. Fr. Jerry Weiss will officiate. Burial will be at Itasca-Calvary Cemetery with full military honors.
Arrangements are with Rowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids, MN. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit www.rowefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.