Thomas "Tom" Haiar


July 1, 1953 - September 26, 2020


Thomas “Tom” Haiar, 67, of Mitchell, SD, died Saturday, September 26, 2020 at his home in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:30 PM Thursday, October 1, 2020 at St. Mary of Mercy Catholic Church in Alexandria, SD. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery in Alexandria. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM on Wednesday at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Thomas R. Haiar was born July 1, 1953 To Arnold and Marie (Wolf) Haiar in Mitchell, SD. He grew up and attended school in Alexandria, SD, and graduated from Hanson High School in 1971. He then attended Northern State College in Aberdeen. Later he was employed by the 3M and Toshiba companies in Mitchell. In 2000 he married Mary Varnell along with her children Robert and Valerie in Austin, TX. While living in Texas Tom worked for the Inergy Propane Company. Through his work he was transferred to Columbus, Mississippi and then to Ann Arbor, MI working his way up to Executive Vice President of the Mid-West Region. He retired from Inergy, and found enjoyment in part time work with Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Tom returned to South Dakota in 2019, living in Mitchell.

Tom was a member of the Moose Lodge, American Legion, and was a member of the South Dakota National Guard. He also served on the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Committee for many years.

Tom enjoyed getting together with family & friends, pheasant hunting, and loved playing the game of Euchre with his buddies. He was also a die-hard Texas Longhorn Fan.

Tom is survived by his brother, Terry (Kathy) Haiar of Alexandria; sister, Karen (Joe) Mueting of Spencer, IA; nephews and nieces, Chris and Robin Haiar, Kelly and Jesse Haines, Kim and Chris Haines, Katie (Greg Roth) Mueting, Andy (Kelly) Mueting, Liz (Andrew) Ascherl, and Nathan Mueting along with many great nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Pallbearer- Denny Maiers, Bill Bennett, Jack Wagner, Chris Haiar, Andy Mueting, Nathan Mueting, Stan Peterson


Wednesday, September 30, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Thursday, October 1, 2020
10:30 AM
St. Mary of Mercy Catholic Church
220 5th St
Alexandria, SD 57311


Greenhill Cemetery
Alexandria, SD

Posted by Jim and Mary Osterloo on October 1, 2020
Terry and family - we were so sorry to hear of your brothers death. Meeting you two in Emery once in a while was always pleasant. Sympathy to all of your family.
Posted by Don Wenande on September 30, 2020
He had a contagious personality He just had a way of bringing a smile out of you we’re gonna miss him a lot ! My sympathies to his family
Posted by Bruce Schwenck on September 30, 2020
I played softball and worked with Tom. Once went with him to Sioux Falls to buy a car - an experience I won't forget. He had a great spirit.
Posted by Fay Klock on September 29, 2020
My deepest sympathies to Tom’s family. I hadn’t seen Tom for many years and saw him at Farmer parade a couple of weeks ago It was fun talking with him. My prayers for strength through this difficult time.
Posted by Oran and Jo Hoffman on September 29, 2020
Terry, Karen and families, you all have our deepest sympathy. Just had a nice visit with Tom a couple of weeks ago. Talked about looking forward to the class reunion next year. He will be missed. RIP Tom!
Posted by Pete Huber on September 29, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Terry, Karen and families. Tom was one of my closest friends from 8th grade through high school. I often think of the great times we had together back in the "good old days". While I had not seen of spoken with Tom for many years, I did have the pleasure of speaking with him on the phone several weeks ago. He still remained the Tom I always knew. I am deeply saddened by his passing.
Posted by Steve Fluegel on September 29, 2020
My deepest condolences to Terry, Karen, and your families. I have so many great memories of Tom, he was a great friend in school and while growing up in Alexandria. He will be missed.
Posted by Jean and Don Mueting on September 29, 2020
Our heartfelt sympathies to you Karen and all members of the family. We remember many times seeing Tom at family gatherings at your place. He had a great sense of humor and we enjoyrd our visits with him. Peace to all.
Posted by camille davies on September 29, 2020
A great classmate and friend! Always had a pleasant greeting!
Many memories of Tom and the class of 71. . May he rest in peace!
Posted by Judy Puetz McCarthy on September 29, 2020
I am so sad to hear of your loss. Losing a sibling is never easy. Prayers and sympathy to you and yours...
Posted by Peggy Pearson on September 29, 2020
So very sorry to learn of Tom’s passing. He was a great guy and I know he will be missed by many. God be with you all during this difficult time.
Posted by Linna Johnston on September 29, 2020
So sorry to hear of your loss. Tom was a great guy, always had a smile and time to visit a bit. My sympathy and prayers to the family.
Posted by Dan Schneider on September 29, 2020
I haven't seen or talked with Tom in many years which I obviously now regret. Having grown up together and going to school and church, playing sports and just hanging out and getting into a little trouble over the years, I have so many memories. From reading the many posts, it is clear that he remained a great guy who will be missed by many. Our prayers and sympathy to Terry, Karen and his whole family.
Posted by Pat Erpenbach on September 29, 2020
My deepest sympathy to all of you. I remember Tom’s outgoing personality when we lived in Alexandria.
Posted by Gary & Julie Kunkel on September 29, 2020
So sorry for your loss of Tom. Gary has good memories of Tom in high school. & visits most recently after he moved back to Mitchell. Life is so short. RIP Tom.
Posted by Shirley Brown on September 28, 2020
Sorry for your loss Terry and Kathy Karen and Joe and families
Posted by Dan & Ruth Olinger on September 28, 2020
You all have our deepest sympathies. Tom was a great guy. Lots of fun in high school just a few years ago! RIP, Tom.
Posted by Shelli Kayser on September 28, 2020
So sorry to hear of Toms passing. He always had a smile on his face. He was a kind man. You have my sympathy.
Posted by Myra and Sam Schleich on September 28, 2020
Terry Karen and families, so sorry for the loss of Tom! Always enjoyed a good conversation with him! Our sympathy and prayers are with your families!
Posted by Marge Wagner on September 28, 2020
So sorry for your loss he was a great man you have my sympathy and prayers
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