Obituaries

Don Haverman

Apr 26, 2021
Haverman, Don web

Services:

11:00 AM on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Trinity Bible Church, Cedar Falls . Services will be live streamed at YouTube.com/CedarFallsTrinity

Visitation:

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Trinity Bible Church, Cedar Falls.

Cemetery:

Greenwood Cemetery, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Memorials:

Navigators Ministry or Trinity Bible Church

Biography

Don Haverman, 69, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, died on Monday, April 26, 2021 at MercyOne Cedar Falls Medical Center. He was born on March 7, 1952 in Carroll, Iowa, the son of William and Alma Irlmeier Haverman.
Don graduated from Carroll High School in 1970 and Iowa Central Community College with an agricultural business degree in 1972. He was the Operations Manager at MaxYield Cooperative in West Bend, Iowa, retiring in February, 2015.
He married the love of his life, Mona Bruellman December 15, 1973 in West Bend. Always the romantic, on their 40th wedding anniversary, he proposed again. To his surprise, she said, “yes!” Don and Mona renewed their vows in front of friends and family on February 15, 2014.
Don began working for the West Bend Grain Elevator in 1972 at $1.60 an hour. He enjoyed it so much that he felt like he should be paying THEM for allowing him to do a job that he loved. He continued to work for what would later become Maxyield Cooperative for 44 years and set a foundation that continues to impact the Co-op to this very day. Former employees described him as a leader and sincere mentor whose shoes could never be filled.
Don loved the Lord and took Matthew 4:19 quite literally. “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” He was both a fisher of fish and a fisher of men. He enjoyed being a tour guide in South Dakota for 23 summers alongside his brother-in-law Mark, AKA Capt. Toby. He would tell people that the boat in South Dakota was a great place to share the Gospel. “Once I have them in the boat, there’s no place they can go!” His favorite place to fish was Pakwash Lake in Canada. It was only six days ago that he said that when he was in Canada “I am more than a Haverman...I am a HAPPYman!”
The one thing he loved more than fishing was his grandchildren. All it took was a grandchild walking in the house, and he would stop what he was doing to play Five Crowns, Farkle, push kids on the swing, or take them to the lake for a ride on the “Super Mable.” Frequently, he could be seen pulling the grandkids in the wagon behind his John Deere mower, often picking up a couple extra “adopted” neighborhood grandkids on the way. Whatever his kids, or grandkids, wanted to do brought him joy, whether it was his plan for the day or not..
He took great joy in keeping his yard and neighborhood lawns green and beautiful. On a typical day, he could be seen working outside on some type of landscaping project. At the same time he worked, his mind plotted the next five projects to complete. Nothing was ever really complete until it had been given the “Don Haverman” touch (which often involved a can of spray paint!).
Despite enduring chronic pain for many years, he lived everyday with joy which came from the Holy Spirit living in him. This could be seen in his interactions with friends, family, and even complete strangers. It was not uncommon for Don to come home from the store with a story of someone whom he met and invited to church.. He always looked for chances to share the Gospel with others and to hand out Gideon Bibles. We will miss his storytelling, his tacky Hawaiian shirts, cheesy jokes, his boisterous laughter and voice, and his always smiling face.
Don is survived by his wife, Mona; son, Jamie (Christina) Haverman of Roberts, Wisc.; daughters, Konni (Cory) Cantrall and Trina (Nick) Landmesser, both of Cedar Falls; 10 grandchildren, Autymn, Kara, Jordyn, Addison, Layla, Nora, Ella, James, Ruth, and Rachel; 7 siblings, Velma, Colleen, Betty Jean, Robert, Gary, Diane and Mary Jo; and mother-in-law, Verda Bruellman.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Merlin Haverman; and father-in-law, Don Bruellman.

And because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving. Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. Romans 8:2

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  1. Justin and Robin Moser | Apr 30, 2021

    We are praying for your family...can hardly believe how quickly life can change!  Thankful that Don spent his life serving God and others...what a witness!  I cannot picture him without a smile and it motivates me to know he kept smiling and sharing, despite his pain.  May God carry you gently through the grief that seems overwhelming.  

    Love, Robin and Justin Moser

  2. Julie Subbert | Apr 29, 2021

    Mona & family. Mike & i were so sad to hear about Uncle Don.  Ill remember him smiling, happy, & always ready to tell a great fishing story or share pics of his latest adventure.  Root beer floats at the family reunion he hosted is a favorite memory, too!  What a legacy he has in all of you & your beautiful families!  He was always so proud when he spoke of his children or grandchildren.  Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you!  May God’s peace find you. 

  3. Norm and Polly Zaugg | Apr 29, 2021
    Our deepest sympathy to you. Remembering you in thought and prayer, and asking God to bring you comfort and strength in this difficult time. So sorry for your loss..  
  4. Deanna (Haverman) Roy | Apr 29, 2021
    My deepest sympathies on your loss, I hope your memories can bring you some comfort, where lives pass the memories carry on.
  5. Tom Mueller | Apr 29, 2021
    Vicki and I are so sorry for your loss.  After working with Nick for a long time, I have heard many times how much Don meant to your family.  From help with the yard, house, and kids to fun times as a family, it is clear Don was a loving father, husband, and grandpa.  Vicki and I are keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.
  6. Cloyce and Carol Gress | Apr 28, 2021
    So sorry to hear of Don's death. He was such a kind compassionate 'peach' of a guy. We always enjoyed him. Mona - you are in our thoughts and prayers as you navigate this new season of life. This came as a shock to us as we had not heard of him having heart problems. Back problems, pain yes but not heart. Perhaps to you too?? We just pray that God will wrap his arms around you, Jamie, Connie and Trina as well as the rest of your family and extended families. May you feel His comfort and love. May you find hope and peace that you will meet him again where there will be no parting. May precious memories keep him close to you each and every day ahead. Our love, Cloyce and Carol  
  7. Connie Jo (Wilson)Teague and family | Apr 28, 2021
    Sorry to hear about Don.  Sending our prayers for you and the family.
  8. Chad Remmert | Apr 28, 2021
    Having been a neighbor of Don's for the last several years, I can honestly say that Don was one of the kindness, most giving people I have ever been fortunate enough to know. Prayers to the entire family on this significant loss. May Don Rest In Peace knowing that he was loved by many and most certainly made our world a better place.
  9. Candyce & David | Apr 28, 2021
    Nick, Trina & the girls: Please know we are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Please accept our warmest condolences. 
  10. Terri McKim | Apr 28, 2021

    Prayers for strength for you and your family, Mona. I know it's a huge loss for Dad too. He and my husband Bob loved their fishing trips with Don. He was quite a man and a great son-in-law for Aunt Verda. You will all have many great memories that will make you smile. I'm so sorry for your loss.

     

     
  11. Laura | Apr 28, 2021
    Although we never met, I heard much about your dad, Trina.  The projects he helped you with and the yardwork he assisted on, inspired great envy! I'm praying for you all and hope that in the days to come, the happy memories far outweigh the sad ones of right now.  
  12. Laurie-Ann Crawford | Apr 28, 2021
    I am very sorry for your loss. I know that Layla, Nora, and Ella as well as the rest of the grandchildren will miss him very much. Keeping you all in my prayers.

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