Harold “Haubie” Harris Haub of Prairie Village, KS passed away June 7, 2015. Haubie was born October 1, 1919 in Rockwell City, IA the second son of George and Margaret Sandlewick Haub. He attended the University of Iowa on a baseball scholarship and graduated in 1940 with a Bachelor’s in Commerce. During Haubie's athletic career at Iowa, the Hawkeyes won the Big Ten championship twice, he was named the Big Ten MVP as a pitcher in 1940, and he set a school record as a senior pitching 21 games and winning 11 - a record that stood for 50 years.
Following graduation, Haubie was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers and played two years for their farm team the Durham, NC Bulls before enlisting in the United States Navy in 1943. He was commissioned by the US Navy and served as a Supply Officer and then Gunnery Officer on the USS Tills destroyer escort in the Pacific Theater. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
In a business career spanning 40 years in Kansas City, the majority of Haubie's career was spent as an executive with Peerless Products, retiring in 1986.
Haubie married Helen B. Parker on December 25, 1941 in Iowa. Their surviving children are Claudia Smiley of Lenexa, KS and Kent (Sherry) Haub of Overland Park, KS, grandchildren Becky (Kip) Blackwell of Colorado Springs, CO and Mike (Nicole) Smiley of Overland Park, KS and great grandchildren Parker and Declan Smiley. He was predeceased by his wife Helen in 1983; his parents; brother, Cal Haub, and sister, Helen Knop.
In 1985 Haubie married Marge H. Magill and lovingly added to his family: Steve (Marie) Magill of Oxford, KS, the late Larry Magill (Carrie) of Topeka, KS, Marla (Kevin) Leeper of Nevada, MO, Kent (Tess) Magill, of Kansas City, MO and Rick (Sarah) Magill of Naperville, IL, 15 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
Haubie was passionate about sports, especially baseball and golf, and enjoyed fishing excursions to Canada. He traveled extensively both in the United States and abroad and created many happy memories in Stuart, FL. He will be remembered for his ready smile, quick wit and wonderful stories. Haubie was a loving husband, caring father and patient grandfather and will be missed by his family and his friends as well as by those whose lives he touched.
A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 13 at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Haubie's name to the Baseball Development Fund at the University of Iowa, c/o University of Iowa Foundation, PO Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52244-4550. Please visit www.overlandparkchapel.com to leave online condolences.