WABASH, Ind. — Arthur H. Haist, 98, of Wabash, Ind., died at 11:13 p.m, Sunday, March 12, 2017. at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. He was born May 15, 1918 in Hersey, to Herbert and Lena (Haist) Haist.
He led an active life, growing up on a farm, operating the farm with his two brothers after his father’s early passing, graduating from Michigan State University then continuing to teach Ag Economics at MSU. An avid outdoorsman, Art loved being in the woods or on streams or lakes. His greatest pastime was fishing, whether in his native Michigan, the wilderness of Minnesota and Canada, or later at his own “Kitchen Lake” on his farm in LaFontaine, Ind. As both a lifelong student and teacher, Art shared his love for nature with his young children by planting a large pine tree stand around the lake with them and walking through the woods together describing different species. His studies continued well after retirement as he and his loving wife Maxine traveled much of the U.S. and even Mexico, attending 37 Elderhostels and logging over 150,000 miles ... all before GPS.