Jack Leroy Haverkamp, age 87, of Darwin, died peacefully Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at the Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center in Dassel, surrounded by family and friends.
He was born March 9, 1931, in Grand Rapids, MI, the first-born son of Peter and Ruth Haverkamp.
As Jack grew, his love of tennis, hard work, and fishing made long days that seemed to flourish as he continued his education. He received his bachelor’s degree in college, and went on to receive his master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Jack was united in marriage to Jean Harrington, who preceded him in death after 40 years of marriage.
Jack was inducted into the United States Army, where he served from Dec. 9, 1954, to Dec. 7, 1956.
As years passed, his background drew him into Union Carbide, where he became the plant manager, building several plants throughout the country. He traveled to Pennsylvania, Chicago, Indiana, and Babbitt, MN, where he became known as the Linde Air Man by residents.
He moved to Hastings, where he worked at Plant 998 in Inver Grove Heights, sometimes known as the Minneapolis Plant, until his retirement in 1994.
Jack was very active in his church, the Lions Club, Rotary, and Boy Scouts of America.
Sept. 15, 2001, a few days after the attack of 9/11, Jack married Judy Pelkey in St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin. It was a time of uncertainty and unrest. As they walked up the aisle as husband and wife, strains of “Let there be Peace on Earth,” echoed throughout the church.
The couple made their home in rural Darwin, on the shores of Lake Washington, and became very active in the church.
Jack was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and worked hard to support and strengthen family life.
He had an amazing green thumb, and always had wonderful roses and flowers. Jack loved being outside with his favorite English Setter, Oakley; and getting purple martin houses ready for a new season. In his younger years, he spent many hours hunting with his faithful companion, Nappy, going out in the search for rabbits and pheasants.
Jack had been a talented high school college tennis player and had enjoyed other athletic pursuits. He especially enjoyed watching his favorite Golden Gophers basketball team.
His faith in God, his family, and his friends were his most precious blessings.
Jack is survived by his wife, Judy Haverkamp, of Darwin; children, Joel (Angel) Haverkamp of Champlin, Jack Haverkamp, Jr. of West St. Paul, Robert Pelkey of Darwin, Kathy (Jerry) Maki of Hermantown, Lori (Scott) Stangland of Marble, and Sandy (Dale) Dianoski of Becker; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and siblings, Peter (Myra) Haverkamp, and David Haverkamp, all of Michigan.
In addition to his first wife, Jean, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Derek Dianoski; and a sister, Ruth Kohl.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, May 14 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin with Father Brian Mandel officiating. There was a one-hour visitation prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place at a later date.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the funeral arrangements.