MINDEN — A 2019 Minden High School graduate who had gone on to attend Central Community College-Hastings is being remembered as a “’gentle giant’ with a heart of gold” following his death Sunday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash in western Adams County.
David Hasse, 19, was killed when his vehicle left U.S. Highway 6/34 amid icy road conditions and rolled about 1:15 p.m. Sunday, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office reported. The crash occurred between Wanda and Overland avenues, closer to Overland, at a location several miles northeast of Holstein and southeast of Kenesaw.
Hasse was the only occupant in the vehicle, which witnesses said was eastbound toward Hastings.
Hasse was a residential student at CCC-Hastings, where classes resumed Monday after the holiday break. In an obituary, his family said his career goal was to become a physical education teacher.
Hasse, the youngest of eight siblings, was born in Beatrice and later moved to Minden where his high school activities included football, track and wrestling. He held jobs with Pizza Hut, Tomsen Farms and Hagan Detasseling among other employers and enjoyed hunting, shooting sports and pickle ball in his free time.
“He always put others first and was willing to help anyone in need,” his family said.
At high school graduation in May 2019, Hasse and two classmates, Grant Tomsen and Aiden Smith, were named recipients of the inaugural Nathan’s Hero Award, special recognition honoring Minden graduates for their kindness, inclusivity and loyal friendship.
“He touched the hearts of anyone he met through his personal motto to ‘Be Hasse Kind,’” Hasse’s family said in his obituary.
Hasse was being remembered on Monday in the Minden Public Schools and the wider Minden community. Meanwhile, Campus President Jerry Wallace sent a message to faculty, staff and students at CCC-Hastings mourning Hasse’s death.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of David at this difficult time,” Wallace said.
The CCC CARE Teams are available to assist and support any students at the college who may be in distress over Hasse’s death, Wallace said. Faculty and staff in need of support can find it through the college’s Employee Assistance Program.
Celebration of Life services for Hasse are planned for 11 a.m. Jan. 20 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Minden. Memorial book signing is 3-5 p.m. Jan. 19 at Craig Funeral Home in Minden. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested in care of the family.
Survivors include his mother, Kathy Hasse of Minden, along with his seven siblings, their spouses, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and close friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Allen Hasse; and grandparents.