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Edward G. Havens

October 3, 1928 - April 9, 2011
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Edward George Havens, better known as Mr. Ed or "Papa" (but never "Eddy", which was reserved only for his mother and grandmother) was born in Janesville, Wisconsin October 3, 1928. He was raised in Rockford, Illinois with his older brother, Oliver John, his sister, Charlotte, and younger brother Ray. Being somewhat of a mischievous teenager he had many adventures with his siblings and peers (which we will not go into since there are children present). There was no bullying Ed as one time he told his brother that he was not tender headed. His brother and his brother's friends pulled out most of his hair at a challenge that Ed would not...
Edward George Havens, better known as Mr. Ed or "Papa" (but never "Eddy", which was reserved only for his mother and grandmother) was born in Janesville, Wisconsin October 3, 1928. He was raised in Rockford, Illinois with his older brother, Oliver John, his sister, Charlotte, and younger brother Ray. Being somewhat of a mischievous teenager he had many adventures with his siblings and peers (which we will not go into since there are children present). There was no bullying Ed as one time he told his brother that he was not tender headed. His brother and his brother's friends pulled out most of his hair at a challenge that Ed would not cry. He met the challenge but lost his hair.

Growing up in a tough neighborhood taught Ed to stand on his own. He was very frugal and successful at making ends meet. His creative nature allowed him to repair, refurbish, salvage, and restore almost anything. He would rather buy tools to make repairs then hire someone. I believe he still has every tool, vice, rag, chest, part, shed, and building material that he every acquired!

Ed was raised Catholic and lived life as a great example of being his "brothers' keeper". His kindness, generosity, and willingness to help anyone in need has created a legacy of friends and family that have much to thank Ed for. Every holiday, birthday, or other special occasion, was remembered and brightened by Papa and Nana with a card and gift of their love and caring.

One cannot remember Ed without knowing of his dedication to work. He was an avid worker and devoted employee in the engineering department at Queen of the Valley Hospital. Just two weeks ago he was honored with his 40 year pin. It is a rare thing to start a job at 41 years old and put in 41+ years at the same location. He even met Sarah there who was working at the hospital pharmacy. I was present when he was recovering from triple bypass surgery in the hospital. His boss came by to check on him. Ed assured him, three times, that he would be back to work as soon as possible. And he was. He worked another 12+ years up until one week ago. He never wanted to retire, and never did.

Papa passed away peacefully among family and friends April 9, 2011. He is survived by Sarah his loving wife for the past 34 years. Also surviving are their three daughters, Sharon Sawyer (her husband, Tom), Jonni Hinrichsen (her husband, Terry), and Nada Welden; his brother Ray Havens, eight grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, and numerous cousins (including Ron Grider his faithful NASCAR buddy, and Ryan another faithful fan), nieces, and nephews. Predeceased is his daughter Lorena Riley.

If Ed were giving this eulogy it would probably go something like this: "Bless these people and all that love them".

We will miss him terribly.

"Well Uncle Ed. I know with the passing of my Dad last week he is up there with God and the rest of your siblings. And I know all of you will start a new..." cully Havens (leeds, AL)

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