Richard Havel, 81, of Calmar, died peacefully at home Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. Mass of Christian Burial is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Calmar, with Rev. Donald Hawes and Rev. Gregory Havel. Lector is Adam Bohach. Mass servers are Garrett Bohach, Jonathan Schaefer and Luke Schaefer. Offertory giftbearers are Emily Bohach, Katelynn Hogenson and Ashley Hogenson. Organist is Jeanette Dietzenbach. Cantor is Dan Silhacek. Hymns are "Precious Lord," "Prayer of St. Francis," "Taste and See," "Goin' Home" and "Let There Be Peace On Earth" (St. Aloysius Choir). Casket bearers are Mark Bohach, Terry Hogenson, Don Smith, Craig Schaefer, Craig Adamson and Andrew Johnson. Military rites at the graveside are by Halverson - Giesen American Legion Post No. 266 in Calmar. Interment is at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Calmar. Arrangements are being handled by Schluter - Balik Funeral Home, French Chapel in Calmar.
Richard Paul Havel was born June 7, 1932, the son of John and Agnes (Barloon) Havel. He was a lifetime member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church and graduated from Calmar High School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years and then joined his brother, Arnold, in Havel Plumbing and Heating business until the early '70s when he became head custodian for South Winneshiek High School. Richard married Carolyn Tilkes June 18, 1958, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in North Washington. Together they shared much love and happiness as they raised their 10 children. He was a wonderful husband and father. Richard was known as a gentleman with a cheery disposition, willing to utilize his handyman and problem-solving skills for anyone who needed his talents. He enjoyed his retirement by spending time helping his children and watching his 21 grandchildren grow. He also liked working with wood, whether "making wood" for the wood burner or making shelves and clocks for his children. Richard's greatest pleasure was when his whole family gathered to celebrate on any number of occasions.
Richard is survived by his wife, Carolyn Havel, Calmar; 10 children: Barbara (Mark) Bohach, Spillville,; Paul (Margaret) Havel, Calmar; Theresa (Terry) Hogenson, Muscatine; Mary (Don) Smith, Fredericksburg; Joan (Craig) Schaefer, Dubuque; John (Julie) Havel, Calmar; David Havel, Independence; Ann (Craig) Adamson, Marion; Joel (Natalee) Havel, Urbana; Aimee (Andrew) Johnson, Marion; and 21 grandchildren: Adam (Fiancé, Flannery Cerbin), Emily (Fiancé, Andrew Chamberlain) and Garrett Bohach; Matthew and Michael Havel; Katelynn, Ashley and Morgan Hogenson; Quinn, Megan, Angel and Isaac Smith; Hayley, Jonathan and Luke Schaefer; Andrew Havel; Rachel, Griffin and Chloe Adamson; Aidan and Ainsley Johnson; four sisters-in-law: Helen Havel, Calmar; Sr. Lois Tilkes, Dubuque; Florence Tilkes, Ionia; Jan (Bob) Hellegas, Nashua; and Grace Pittman, Westminster, Colo.; two brothers-in-law, Nick (Jean) Tilkes, New Hampton and Richard Lansing, Ossian.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, John and Agnes; three brothers: Edward, Arnold and John; three brothers-in-law: Lawrence Tilkes, Brian McClure and Wayne Pittman; two sisters-in-law, Alice Havel and Madelyn Lansing.