HUTCHINSON - John Henry Havemeier, age 89, of Hutchinson, passed away Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at the Hutchinson Community Hospital in Hutchinson.
Funeral Services were held Monday, Aug. 13 at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson with Pastor Gerhard Bode officiating, with interment in the church cemetery.
John Henry Havemeier was born on May 29, 1923, in Courtland. He was the third of nine children of Albert and Alma (Groth) Havemeier. John was baptized as an infant on June 10, 1923, at Courtland Evangelical Lutheran Church, and later confirmed in his faith as a youth on March 21, 1937, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in New Ulm. His confirmation verse was Psalm 27, verse 1 "The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid." John attended St. Paul's Lutheran School in New Ulm, and country schools in the Courtland and New Ulm area. At one school all 21 students were Havemeiers. He furthered his education in Mankato at the Mankato Commercial College and received a degree in Accounting. John was a CPA and an enrolled agent in Hutchinson.
John entered active military service in the United States Navy on Sept. 8, 1942, and served his country during World War II. He was stationed overseas in Hawaii and Midway Island for two years. John received an Honorable Discharge on Nov. 5, 1945.
On Aug. 1, 1945, John and Doris Sturges became engaged and they were united in marriage on Nov. 10, 1946, at the Vineyard Methodist Church in Hutchinson. This marriage was blessed with four children, Gary, Bradley, Bret and Cindy, 8 grandchildren, Staci, Justin, Melissa, Destini, Amanda, Drew, Sara, and Hannah, and 3 great-grandchildren, Tanur, Isaac and Cecellia. John and Doris resided in Hutchinson for 30 years. They later moved to Hutchinson Township, McLeod County. They shared 66 years of marriage.
John was employed at Courtland Creamery as Butter Maker for three years. He was a cashier and billing clerk at the Eagle Roller Mill in New Ulm for three years and was at Lyle Jensens Accounting Firm for 8.5 years. John started his own accounting practice in Hutchinson in 1959. He sold the business to his son Gary in 1986. John continued working through April 15, 2011. He filed tax returns for 60 years. John enjoyed 24 years of farming and retired in 2004. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, where he was active on the church board and served as usher, and was treasurer of the church and Sunday school for many years. John was also a member of the Hutchinson American Legion Post #96 for 60 years. John was a treasurer of the Rosemary Home, a private foundation in Litchfield for 40 years. He was also a member of the Cedar Mills Lions Club.
John took flying lessons in New Ulm in 1947, and received his private license and enjoyed flying for three years. He enjoyed swimming and was an excellent slalom water skier and taught all of his children to ski and many of their friends. John was a loving father and husband and disciplined his children with love, compassion and lots of scripture. John and Doris enjoyed traveling; they went to Hawaii on their 25th Anniversary and Jamaica on their 38th Anniversary. They traveled to Sweden, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Norway, England, Switzerland and the Netherlands, took a Caribbean Cruise and visited many states in the United States. He enjoyed bowling, ballroom dancing and square dancing. John and Doris square danced for 48 years. They attended 36 State and 9 National Square Dancing Conventions. They modeled square dance attire at nine State Conventions and one National Convention in St. Louis, Missouri. John also enjoyed playing Pinochle, Schafskof, Skip-Bo and 500 with his family, friends and grandchildren. He loved to eat popcorn and watch John Wayne Westerns with his family. He especially cherished the time he spent with his family, grandchildren and friends.
John is survived by his: wife, Doris Havemeier of Hutchinson; children, Gary Havemeier of Hutchinson, Bradley Havemeier of Glencoe, Bret Havemeier of Hutchinson, Cindy LaFontaine and her husband, Douglas of Grand Blanc, MI; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three brothers and three sisters; many other relatives and friends.
John is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Alma Havemeier; and two sisters.
Memorials to Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.
Arrangements by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online Obituaries and Guest Book available at www.hantge.com. Please click on Obituaries/Guest Book.