Richard Dale Havens

Age 87, died November 7th, 2014, in his home surrounded by his family.  He was born in Lansing, Michigan on August 9th, 1927 to Velma (Simmons) and Stanley Havens.  He was married to Joan Kinney on May 8th, 1948, who preceded him in death on April 9th, 2007.

He lived in Holt, Michigan for more than 60 years.  As the Director of Systems & Programming he worked for Oldsmobile/GM for 33 years.  Richard enjoyed music, playing tennis, water skiing, playing cards, spending time at Holland Lake, watching his children/grandchildren play sports and especially his family.

He is survived by:  2 sisters, Nancy Marshall, Norma & Tom Hanline; 5 children and their spouses: Nina Whitehill, Rick & Judi Havens, Kathy Havens, Bill & Carrie Havens, Michael & Mary Havens; 8 grandchildren:  Wendy & Jim (Tammy) Acker, Jennifer (Whitehill) (Tracy) Shappell, Ryan (Lindsey) Whitehill, Preston (Jordan) Havens, Alexis & Ziven Havens, Sarah Havens; and 3 great-grandchildren: Mari Jane Shappell, Gabrielle & Cole Haven Acker.

There will be a “CELEBRATION OF HIS LIFE” on Saturday, November 22 at the Verndale Clubhouse, 806 Grenoble Drive, Lansing, Michigan.  The Memorial Celebration will be at 1:00 p.m. with food/fellowship following.

Memorial contributions can be made to Sparrow Hospice Services, 1210 W. Saginaw St., Lansing, Michigan 48915.

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Rena & Glenn Ray
November 9, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Haven’s family at this sad time. So, so sorry for your loss.

Shelli (Dubay) Kevin, and Maeve
November 9, 2014 at 6:44 pm

We are so sad to hear of Gramps passing. He made everyone feel special and made me feel like part of his family. I am honored to be part of this extraordinary family. We will miss the Fox.

Pat Brown
November 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Nina, Rick, Kathy, Bill, and Mike. I feel so sad seeing your dads passing notice. He and your mother will always have a special place in my heart. Remembering the past adventures with the Havens Family, always puts a smile on my face. Your dad, Foxy, as we called him, was truly a companionate and giving person. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.


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