William Hasler (Veteran)

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William E. Hasler, 90, of Jefferson City, died Monday, October 17, 2011, at St. Mary's Health Center. He was born July 13, 1921, in Springfield, a son of George Bernard and Maude Elizabeth (Ricketts) Hasler. Bill's military career began when he entered the United States Army Air Corps on March 9, 1944, and served with distinction during World War II. He enlisted in the Missouri National Guard on July 12, 1948, progressing through key positions in Headquarters Detachment, Battalion, Emergency Operations Headquarters, and State Headquarters level, with promotion to Colonel as Task Force Commander, 35th Support Center, on July 1, 1971. During his illustrious career, Colonel Hasler was honored with a number of awards, to include: Army Meritorious Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Armed Forces Reserve (30 years), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Missouri Meritorious Service Medal, State Emergency Duty (4 Bronze Stars) and 30-Year Missouri Long Service Medal. He entered the Technician Program in July 1948 as a Supply Clerk in the Office of the United States Property and Disbursing Officer, Fort Leonard Wood, and served as Supervisory Storekeeper, Signal Maintenance Supervisor, Concentration Site Supervisor, Staff Assistant (Training), Staff Assistant (Administration), as well as Logistics Officer. Colonel Hasler served as the United States Property and Fiscal Officer for Missouri from April 16, 1976, until his retirement on July 13, 1982. On July 14, 1982, he was promoted to the grade of Brigadier General, Missouri National Guard Retired. In 1974, Bill earned a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Studies from Columbia College. Following his military retirement, he earned a Master of Arts degree in 1985 and Master of Education degree in 1987, both from Lincoln University. As a student, he volunteered in the Counseling Office of Lincoln University, was hired full time following his graduation, and worked there until he retired in 1993. Bill was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, American Legion Roscoe Enloe Post 5 and the Lincoln University Alumni Association. He enjoyed most competitive sports, including bowling, shooting, softball, racket ball, tennis, horseshoes, fishing and gigging. Bill was well respected for the love and care he gave to the animals he raised. On January 23, 1971, Bill was united in marriage to Linda K. Linsenbardt, who survives at their home. Other survivors include three children: Bill E. Hasler Jr. and wife Suzanne of Springfield, Tom Hasler and wife Judi of Jefferson City, Stacy Doggett and husband Mike of Jefferson City; eight grandchildren: Kristi Hasler, Bill E. Hasler III, Brad Hasler, Jennifer Bohlken, Lindsey Hasler-Lay, William Doggett, Abbigail Doggett, Emily Doggett; and seven great- grandchildren: Hunter Hasler, Olivia Hasler, Logan Schmitz, Rae Bohlken, Jack Hayden, Bill "Quaid" Hasler IV, and Emeree Hasler. He was preceded in death by five siblings: Katherine Lucille Carroll, Helen Roadcup, Robert Van Vorst, Bernard Hasler and Lewis Hasler. Friends will be received from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 21, 2011, at the Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Russ Bowder officiating. Entombment with full military honors will follow in the Hawthorn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church Building Improvement Fund, Calvary Lutheran High School or American Heart Association. Arrangements are under of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 W. Main, (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left for the family online at

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