Leonard Fred Henry Haveman
February 8, 1928 - December 22, 2018
Leonard Fred Henry Haveman was born on February 8, 1928 in Otoe, Nebraska and passed away on December 22, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Leonard was the second son of Ernest and Meta (Hillman) Haveman. He grew up on a farm near Avoca, Nebraska with his two brothers, LeRoy and Loren. Together they worked on the family farm where he developed his love for the land and working with cattle.
As a child, Leonard and his brothers could be seen riding their ponies to school, bible school, and confirmation. He attended Pine School until the 8th grade. He started high school in Avoca, but stayed home that fall to help harvest corn. He made the decision not to return as he preferred the field over the classroom.
In 1945, Fae Noerrlinger caught Leonard’s eye while playing a game of volleyball. His friends helped him arrange a date to a movie and they fell in love. After five years of dating, they were married at First Lutheran Church on June 2, 1950.
Leonard was drafted to the Army in March of 1952 and trained at Fort Riley, Kansas. He proudly served his country in Korea from July 1952 until his safe return in August of 1953. During his time in the Army, Leonard traveled to Japan while on R&R and developed lifelong friendships with his Army buddies.
After honorable discharge from the Army in December of 1953, Leonard returned to his farm near Avoca where he and LeRoy continued to farm together. This is where Leonard and Fae raised three sons, Wayne, Dale and Don and where they later began farming together. He was extremely proud of his boys and the life they created on the farm. He retired at the age of 65, but never really quit working. For the next 25 years he could be seen in his favorite places: in the pasture feeding his cattle, riding along with his boys in the combine, or tinkering around in the shed.
When Leonard wasn’t in the field he could be found playing cards. He loved playing pitch, pinochle, hucklebuck, and hand and foot with friends and family. He had a sweet tooth and a gentle heart. He adored his family and his love for them was always known. He rarely missed an opportunity to support his grandchildren at their activities. He lead by example, teaching his family to be kind and generous to others, work harder than expected and never forget to have fun along the way. He was known for his quick wit and humor and was always good for a great laugh. His grin and one liners will forever be remembered by his family and friends.
Leonard enjoyed many bus trips to Nebraska football games and to Branson, Missouri. He loved cattle sales, bowling, and square dancing. Leonard was a lifetime member of North Branch First Lutheran Church, where he was baptized, confirmed, and married. He served on the school board and church council.
Leonard peacefully passed away, holding the hand of his wife on December 22, 2018. He is survived by his wife Fae, sons Wayne & wife Debra, Dale, Don & wife Carrie, 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, his brother Loren & wife Gwen, and numerous nephews, nieces, and many other loved ones. He was proceeded in death by his parents, brother LeRoy and sister-in-law Joan.