Stanley W. “Doc” Haag, MD, 75, of rural Coffeyville, passed away at 4:28 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 13, at his home.
He was born Dec. 27, 1941, in Howard Lake, Minnesota, to Bill and Dorothy (Zander) Haag. He grew up in Howard Lake where he attended school. He later played football, ran track, and set numerous wrestling records while attending Howard Lake High School where he graduated. While in high school, he was also active in Boy Scouts and had earned numerous awards including the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.
He then attended St. Cloud State Teacher’s College in St. Cloud, Minnesota where he participated in football and hockey. While in college, he was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity where he served as president for two years. He was the first student from St. Cloud State Teacher’s College to attend medical school.
He then attended Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he was a member of a medical fraternity. In addition to receiving his medical education, he enjoyed hunting and fishing with local Cajuns and developed many lasting friendships. Stan did his medical residency at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.
Stan’s three passions in life were his family, medicine, and bird dogs. His first practice was in Rockford, Iowa. Part of his decision to go there was based on their pheasant population at the time. His next practice was in Des Moines, Iowa, again following the game bird population.
His first bird dog love was German Shorthaired Pointers. His shorthairs led him into field trailing from horseback. While in Iowa, he started Doc’s Dog Kennel and Hunt Club. It was there he raised quality German Shorthairs and was known nationally for his quality dogs. His hunt club was well-known and popular. Several dignitaries were brought to his club to be entertained, including Donald Trump. For several years, “Doc” organized and guided hunts at King Salmon Lodge in Alaska where he was privileged to guide General Norman Schwarzkopf numerous years while hunting ptarmigan.
Eventually, he included German Wirehaired Pointers, Gordon Setters, English Setters, and English Pointers to his quality dogs. He had four dual champions, meaning they were champions in the show ring and in the field, and had five national AKC champions with his shorthairs and three with his German Wirehaired Pointers.
After retiring from his practice in Iowa, once again he followed the game bird population to Southeast Kansas. After moving to Kansas, he declared a need to return to medicine and fulfilled his passion by operating a family medical clinic in Altamont, and later Chetopa. Upon his final retirement, he enjoyed raising English Pointers and English Setters. He won numerous regional championships and four different years earned Oklahoma Amateur All Age Dog of the Year award.
In 2006, he started duck hunting with his Chesapeake Bay retriever. He was founder and publisher of two magazines, Pointing Dog Journal and Retrieving Journal. Stan also enjoyed raising registered Black Angus cattle and operating a niche meat market with his daughter and her family in Colorado.
He and Ramona Westrup were married. They later divorced. On March 14, 1985, he and Glenda Nation were married in Adel, Iowa. She survives of the home.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Eric C. Haag and his wife, Esther, of Farmington, N.M.; one daughter, Michelle Kopriva and her husband, Joseph, of Larkspur, Colo.; seven grandchildren, two brothers, Douglas Haag of Waukee, Iowa and Charles Haag of Moseley, Va.; and one sister, Barbara Haag-Heitman, of Whitefish Bay, Wis.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 18, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Oil Capital Field Trial Club. These may be left at or mailed to Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 346, Chetopa, KS 67336.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.