Wisconsin Retailer Robert Haack Dies

Robert Haack, longtime jeweler and store owner, passed away on Jan. 22 at the age of 86. Haack, a former Marine, began his jewelry career after World War II as a diamond miner in South America.
Upon his return to the Wisconsin, Haack learned how to cut diamonds and used his skills to start a successful business. At the height of his success, Haack ran six jewelry stores, five of which were located in Wisconsin and one in Florida.
Known for appearances in television commercials for his stores, Haack was one of the first jewelers in Milwaukee to open stores in shopping malls and one of the first retailers to sell loose diamonds.
He is survived by his three daughters as well as grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and former wife, Audrey Haack.