Elmer (Moe) Haupt
Remembering Elmer (Moe) Haupt
In Rose Hill, Moe Haupt will be remembered for his humor, quick wit, love for his family and commitment to making our community a much better place in which to live. His country honored him for his service during the Viet Nam War with full military honors and burial at Arlington Cemetery. His work after the war with the National Business Aviation Association in the field of aircraft noise abatement benefitted everyone who lives near an airport or military installation. Most of us here in Rose Hill didn’t know about those things. What we did know that we had a special neighbor who answered his community’s call with much enthusiasm and good cheer. If he thought a person was wrong, he had a way of making them change their mind to his way of thinking while maintaining the position that they were right all along.
Moe died of pancreatic cancer March 18 2012 with his wife Alice and their five sons at his side. Alice said the boys, Mark, Jeffrey, Matthew, Brett and Todd had basically put their lives on hold to be with their father in his final month. A fitting tribute, since Moe had been with them through numerous activities such as youth sports coach and umpire, swim club president and school activities to name a few. His son’s wives and the nine grandchildren also comforted him in the final days.
Moe was born in Pittsburgh on January 3, 1934. He graduated from Bethel Park, PA., High School and Bethany College, which advertises itself as a small college of National Distinction located in West Virginia less than 40 miles from Pittsburgh. He played baseball in both high school and college and maintained his love for the game for the rest of his life.
After graduating from college, Moe joined United States Navy and earned his Navy Gold Wings of Gold as an aviator two years later. He was a combat veteran who served two tours on the USS Iwo Jima during the Vietnam War. He married Alice in 1959. The next year, Moe survived a near-fatal helicopter crash after being pulled unconscious from the burning wreckage. Following a long recovery, he served 16 more years in the Navy before retiring in 1976. He then went to work with the NBAA for 19 years.
After he retired from work in 1999, Moe spent his time volunteering and traveling with Alice. He spent many hours as a docent as the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington and later the Udvar-Hazy National Aviation Museum run by the Smithsonian next to Dulles Airport. He and Alice were regulars at RHCA meetings and functions, particularly when there were cookies or other goodies available. Moe also spent many volunteer hours and evenings supporting the Neighborhood Watch program. Last year he suggested that RHCA honor community veterans and was the chairman of the first display of the names of community veterans in 2011 on Rose Hill Drive across from the school. Moe’s name will stand alone under the flag in 2012.
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