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Aug. 26, 1948 – March 25,2014

Henk Haan, director of engineering at R.R. Donnelly R&D, died Tuesday at his home in Wheatfield after a long battle with cancer. He was 65.

A native of the Netherlands, Mr. Haan was a university graduate there and began his career in Amsterdam in October 1970. He served in the Dutch army and moved to the United States in 1993.

Before joining the R&D group in the U.S., Mr. Haan operated as a liaison between the Moore R&D facility and production plants in seven European countries.

During his 43-year career, he was awarded 29 patents for his mechanical engineering work within the specialized field of high-speed print processing and ink jet technology.

He was an accomplished engineer respected for his expertise and ability to solve highly complex problems. He had many varied interests and hobbies. As a young man in the Netherlands he was part of the National Super Bike racing circuit. He had a passion for cars, koi ponding, gardening, nature and world travel. He was a five- year member of the Amsterdam graphical school exam committee and present member of the LaSalle Sportsman Club.

Survivors include his wife of 15 years, the former Patti Marcucci; three sisters, Margreetje Steensman, Annelies Haan and Marianne Haan; a brother, Remco Haan; two grandchildren; and his best friend and colleague, Philip Hart.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Infant Jesus Shrine, 3452 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda.