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Philip J. Haag
1947 ~ 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Philip Joseph Haag, 75, of Champaign, died peacefully on January 5, 2023 at an Alzhiemer's special care home. Phil was born on October 5, 1947 in Minneapolis, MN. Phil was the son of Victor J Haag, a chiropractor and US Navy veteran and Kathryn Haag nee Colford. Phil and his family lived in many states, Wyoming was one of his favorites, and settled in Phoenix, AZ. Phil served in the Navy and patrolled rivers on a Mike boat in the Vietnam war and served on the USS Preston from 1965 to 1968. Once returning he worked in the semi-conductor industry for 40 years. He was passionate about engineering and chemistry. His enthusiasm for learning and his love of books was infectious. He spent his free time reading, studying and showing his children and grandchildren the fun of math and science and occasionally a train show or two and many, many book shops. He loved finding new food spots and coming up with entertaining ideas. In high school, he worked at a Pete's Fish and Chips, where they made everything fresh and to order. His family remembers his awesome stories of the delicious food he made that was hand-prepped and fresh- fried and huge. Of course being a science buff he was ahead of his time by declaring that margarine and trans fats were worse for your heart than butter! He will be remembered fondly for all of his adventures and ideas. His family and friends will always have a perfect Phil story. Phil was one of the first employees at II-VI EpiWorks and retired in 2019. He enjoyed traveling and resting for a few years. His father and mother and his wife Adele proceed him in death. He is dearly missed by his children Sarah Dudley (Ryan), Abbey Powell (Kevin), Zach Haag (Danielle), his 8 grandchildren: Tyler, Logan, Carter, Madalynn, Harper, Trent, Quinn, and Levi and his siblings, Connie (Sam), David (Cynthia), Tory (Tom) and Steven (Stephanie) and their families.