The Hon. William R. “Bill” Hass died December 30, 2019 at the age of 83 years. Judge Hass was born in Springfield, where he also spent the last years of his life, but he grew up in Thayer, Missouri and returned there early in his legal career. He was in private practice in Oregon County until 1990 when he was elected associate circuit judge. He was re-elected and continued in that position until his 2003 retirement. Oregon County’s loss was Greene County’s gain, when Judge Hass moved to Springfield and served frequently as a senior judge. He was popular with the bar, with many sharing their favorite Judge Hass expressions on social media in response to his passing. He will be remembered with the warmth he emanated.
Our condolences to his wife Jeanne, his daughters Mary Schrag (Jeff) and Melissa Myers (Tim), and his son William T. Hass.