Havener, Richard H.
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Oct. 26, 1923 - Sept. 1, 2008
Richard H. "Dick" Havener, 84, Sarasota, died Sept. 1, 2008.
Funeral services will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sarasota. Arrangements by Toale Brothers.
Richard "Dick" Havener was born in Rock Falls, Ill., and spent most of his adult life in Hales Corners and Eagle River, Wis. He died on Sep. 1, 2008, after a long battle with prostate cancer.
Dick enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He also served in the Korean War and the Naval Reserves, achieving the rank of lieutenant commander.
Dick graduated from Tulane University in 1947, returned to Illinois for seven years, and then moved to Wisconsin, where he eventually became a partner in J.F. Cook Co. Dick retired to Sarasota in 1989 and was active in the Sunrise Chapter of the Sarasota Rotarians, where he received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award and was named Rotarian of the Year. He volunteered for many years as a tutor in Mrs. Scheckner's second-grade class at Phillippi Shores Elementary School.
Known for his love of dogs, Dick was president of the Wisconsin Badger Dachshund Club for several years and served as its representative to the American Kennel Club.
Dick is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Shaaron Avery. His other survivors include daughter and son-in-law Sandy and Edward Rich; grandchildren Eric Miller and wife Carrie, Troy Boyns, and Britt Harrison and husband Kurt; great-grandchildren Erica and Jack Miller, Caelin Boyns and Chase Harrison; brothers John and William (wife Nancy); and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Dick will be fondly remembered by many special friends including Dr. Ali Tahiri and family; and Mrs. Phyllis Scheckner.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Phillippi Shores Elementary School, Richard Havener Memorial Fund, 4747 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231; or Sarasota Sunrise Rotarian Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 19902, Sarasota, FL 34276.
Published in Herald Tribune on Sept. 3, 2008