Roll over, Rembrandt, there's a new artist in "town." Bob passed away Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at 7:45 p.m., managing to hang on until his favorite show, "Jeopardy!" came on. He was surrounded by family and close friends.
Born Dec. 26, 1934 in Honolulu, Hawaii, he was the youngest of four boys. Preceding him in death were his brothers, Roger and Kenny. He has one surviving brother, Bill. He is also survived by his caring wife, Ann, and their children, Debi, Julie, David, and Karlyn; in addition to eight grandchildren, Tara, Natalie, Jordan, Maggie, Kathryn, Bryan, Elizabeth and Aimee; and three great-grandchildren, Asia, Brooke, and Ava.
Bob grew up in a military family. All of his brothers, in addition to his father, served in the armed forces. He served in his own way by joining the CIA, giving them 23 years of invaluable service.
Bob's true passion, however, was art and his family and friends. He met his wife, Ann, in art school and married in 1955. Married life began in Evanston, Ill., where their first two children, Debi and Julie, were born. They then moved to Arlington, Va., where children David and Karlyn arrived. After joining the CIA, his family was stationed overseas for two tours, where the family traveled extensively. When looking for a place to settle in Maryland, they fell in love with Middletown Valley. Inspired by the beauty of the valley, he became a well-known and beloved watercolor artist. He was a member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. His paintings are in private and permanent collections and galleries worldwide.
Bob was an active and beloved character at Zion Lutheran Church. Few people could escape his daily greetings and corny jokes. He was also a semi-permanent fixture at the Road Runner restaurant and Main's Ice Cream. Bob became a cherished member of the valley, as he was a lover of life and people. One of his greatest memories was when he was the grand marshal of the annual Middletown Heritage Days parade.
In his later years, Bob enjoyed sitting on the front porch of their Broad Street home, greeting each person who walked passed. After retiring to Ravenwood Village in Hagerstown, he often talked about how much he missed Middletown.
Bob will be missed dearly by family, friends and Middletown. We know that he's looking down on us now, with a paint brush in one hand and a bowl of ice cream in the other.
The family will receive friends Friday, Jan. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, 31 E. Main St., Middletown. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at Zion Lutheran Church, 107 W. Main St., Middletown. The Rev. Dr. Kathy Vitalis Hoffman and the Rev. Cris Frigm will officiate. Interment will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Middletown Valley Food Bank, Middletown, MD 21769; or to Zion Lutheran Church.
Online guestbook available at www.DBthompsonfuneralhome.com.
Robert Hasle, 78
DEC. 26, 1934-JAN. 15, 2013
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