Robert Edward Havener, formerly of Edwards, 1927-2010
July 15, 2010
Former valley resident Robert Edward Havener died May 16 at the age of 82 in Casa Grande, Ariz. Robert (Bob) and his wife, Patricia, were residents of the valley from 1952 to 2005. The Haveners had been winter visitors to Casa Grande for 15 years prior to moving there in 2005.Robert was born Dec. 4, 1927, to Hubert and Esther Havener in Bussey, Iowa. He grew up on his parents’ farms in the Bussey and Harvey areas. He graduated from Knoxville High School in 1945. Robert began college at Iowa State and finished at Colorado A&M, now Colorado State University. On March 29, 1950, he married Patricia Cheney. The couple lived on the Front Range, where they taught school for a couple of years.The Haveners moved to the valley in 1952, where Pat took a teaching job at the high school in Gypsum. Robert completed two years of service in the Korean War and then came back to work for Eagle rancher Ross Chambers from 1954 to 1962. He started out as a farm hand, and ended up as Chambers’ partner in a dairy business. During the last years with Chambers, Robert managed the Castle Peak Dairy until it was sold to Clymers Dairy in Grand Junction in 1962. For a number of years, the Haveners farmed the land that is now the Eagle County fairgrounds and the Western Eagle County Metro district athletic fields. In 1969, the family moved to Edwards, to the land where the West End project is now under construction. Robert owned and managed the Edwards Trailer Park there, as well as holding numerous other jobs during the 36 years they lived there – milk delivery, construction and driving trucks for his son.The Haveners played a role in the start of and were very active in the Lake Creek Baptist Church in Edwards, which is now Trinity Baptist Church. Robert became a member of Trinity Southern Baptist Church in Casa Grande in 1997, where he spent the last three years serving as a deacon. He was also very active in their transportation ministry and loved serving those in need. He was a very generous man who would do anything for anyone. He loved the Lord with all his heart and was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.Robert requested that his body be donated to Life Legacy for medical research. Cremation followed.Robert was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Patricia, on March 20, 2008. He is survived by sons Edwin Havener and wife Michele of Gypsum, and Lawrence Havener of Salida; and daughters Valena Day and husband Ralph of Rupert, Idaho, and LauraLynn Brooke and husband Matt of Yukon, Okla.The family group includes five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.Survivors may also include daughter Vonnette Smith and husband Terry, and an unknown number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren from the Smith family. The family has had no contact with the Smiths for the past nine years.A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 7 at Trinity Baptist Church in Edwards to celebrate the life of Robert Havener.The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the “Trinity for Tomorrow” building fund at Trinity Southern Baptist Church, 1100 Trinity Place, Casa Grande, AZ 85222.