In memory of John C. Haar

December 27, 1951 -- July 13, 2009

John was an active member, and past president, of Ring 68 until he got active with his kid's activities, especially Scouting.

John was nationally known for his invisible thread work -- prior to thread reels and elastic thread. He published two booklets/lecture notes and marketed some thread gimmicks. Among the magicians that consulted with him or used his gimmicks were Michael Ammar and David Copperfield. John performed at the Magic Castle (in front of Dai Vernon).


John C. Haar "Hub"

HAAR John C. "Hub" John C. "Hub" Haar, 57, has gone home. He died Monday, July 13, 2009, at his home in Elmore, OH. He was born in Fremont, OH December 27, 1951, to Calvin and Betty (Murray) Haar. He was a 1969 graduate of Woodmore High School. John had worked for Railroad Companies: Penn Central, Conrail, and Norfolk and Southern for nearly 40 years. He was currently employed as a railroad supervisor for Ann Arbor Railroad-Shortline Railroad in Toledo, OH. On December 27, 1975, he married the former Beverly Balliet. He was a professional magician, licensed professional pyrotechnition working for Pete Willet Fireworks, and Harris Township trustee for many years. He was also a member of St. Paul Trinity United Methodist Church in Elmore, where he served on various committees. He loved to cook and travel the world. John was very active in Boy Scouts. He was a Scout leader for Troop 314 in Elmore for many years as well as being involved with Boy Scout Council. He instructed "Woodbadge" Leadership Classes and was very proud of the many Eagle Scouts that Troop 314 produced. As a father, John was very proud of his children. Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Beverly of Elmore; son, Levi (Melissa) Haar of Genoa, OH; daughter, Ashley Haar of Maumee, OH; parents, Calvin and Betty Haar of Elmore; brother, Jeff (Sam) Haar of Elmore; sisters-in-law, Kathy Haar of Naples, FL, Kathy Balliet of Elko, NV and Donna Witter of Oak Harbor, OH; lifetime friend "Buffalo", many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brother, Ron Haar, in-laws, Louise and Tex Sleek, Glenn Witter, and Gene and Frances Balliet. Visitation will be Thursday from 2-8 p.m. with the family present 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Crosser Funeral Home, Elmore. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, July 17, 2009, at St. Paul Trinity United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rick Stuhmer officiating. Burial will be Harris-Elmore Union Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be given to Boy Scouts of America- Eagle Bay District, American Cancer Society or St. Paul Trinity United Methodist Church.

From The Toledo Blade, July 14, 2009

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