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William Ezra Haslem, Sr.

March 16, 1936 — October 21, 2020

Union, MI


William Ezra Haslem, Sr., aged 84, died on October 21, 2020 at home in Union, MI following a long battle with cancer. He was born March 16, 1936 in Terre Haute, IN to Dr. Ezra and Ruby Haslem. He married Deanna Haslem on June 21, 1959 in New Castle, IN.

William was a loving husband, father, and grandparent. He is survived by his wife Deanna; his son William, Jr. (Jane) of Maineville, OH; daughter Sarah Kiefer (James, Jr.) of Fishers, IN and four granddaughters: Lauren Ruhrold (Nicholas), Rachel Haslem, Megan Price (Jordan), and Ashley Rumer (Mitchell). He was preceded in death by his only grandson, Erik Ezra Haslem, in 2019.

Mr. Haslem graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1954 and DePauw University in 1958. He earned a post graduate degree from Indiana State University in 1964. He worked in manufacturing in Terre Haute for four years before moving to Elkhart. There he taught Government and all levels of English, including Advanced Placement, at Northside Junior High and Memorial High School for 27 years. Bill retired from Elkhart Community Schools in 1991.

Mr. Haslem was a life-long member of the Indiana State Teachers Association and the National Education Association. He also was a member of the Fraternal Order of Moose Lodge #599.

Bill loved his Yorkshire Terriers starting with Heather in 1972, followed by Winston, Jackie, Jonathan, Hannah, Abby and Missy. For 48 years he had a little Yorkie by his side. Bill’s interests were varied as expressed by his collections of books, movies, unicorns, model cars, watches, and Beanie Babies.

Private services will be held and burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park in Terre Haute, IN.

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In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to:

The Humane Society of Elkhart County, 54687 CR 19, Bristol, In 46507. ( )

or Caring Circle Hospice, 4025 Health Park Drive, St. Joseph, MI 49085 ( )


Humane Society of Elkhart County
54687 County Road 19, Bristol IN 46507
Tel: 1-574-848-4225

Caring Circle-Hospice at Home
4025 Health Park Drive, St. Joseph MI 49085

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