|Jerome M. Havel, 86|
|Written by TRF Times|
Springfield, Mo. - Jerome “Jerry” Matthew Havel, 86, of Springfield, Mo., died on Monday, November 1, 2004 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, November 4 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Jerome was born during a blizzard on February 1, 1918 in Thief River Falls to John E. and Gertrude L. Havel.
After growing up in Minnesota, Jerry moved to New Jersey, where he lived for 54 years, before moving to Springfield in 1995. He married Doris L. Fuess. of Bloomfield, N.J., in 1946.
He was employed as an electronic engineer for the U.S. Army until his retirement in 1979. While he was working full-time and raising a family, Jerry attended night school for 16 years, earning his bachelor’s degree in mathematics (high honors) from Rutgers University and master’s degree in electrical engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University. His sacrifices to attend college made a lasting impression on his family concerning the importance of an education.
Jerry had many interests. He was a licensed amateur radio (“ham”) operator (W2RRX) for 70 years and was active in many emergency communications networks. Additionally, he was a Boy Scout leader and greatly enjoyed travel, skiing and tennis. He played trumpet as a young man and maintained a lifelong appreciation of music. Jerry was active in his church, participating in the choir, Knights of Columbus (fourth degree) and men’s club.
Jerry is survived by his wife; one brother, Cyril (Lillian) of Burlington, Wis.; one sister, Midge (Lee) Schultz of Easton; two sons, Richard (Judy) of Stafford, Va., and John (Susan) of Springfield; and two grandchildren.