Roy Haviland Obituary

Roy J. Haviland
Roy Haviland
Roy J. Haviland

June 13, 1925 - March 13, 2011
Born in Dexter, MN
Resided in Clive, IA
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Roy J. Haviland, 85, of Clive, Iowa, was born in Dexter, Minnesota, on June 13, 1925.

Roy passed away Sunday, March 13, 2011 at Methodist West Hospital. Celebration of life will be held Friday, March 18, at 2 p.m at Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines.

Visitation for family and friends will also be at Lutheran Church of Hope starting at noon prior to the service.

Roy delivered Western Union telegrams by bicycle all over Des Moines as a young boy. He went to work at Dahl's in the meat department and also helped his father-in-law in his painting business. This was the start of a long line of family partnerships. Roy and his son Mark started a home building business together, which he continued well into his 80s. Nothing could exemplify Roy's warm heart and genuine kindness more than creating homes for people. He loved to give to others in any way possible, and always put others before himself. Roy's never-ending generosity changed the lives of many, and will never be forgotten.

He always had the strongest work ethic, and took great pleasure in any job—from painting to gardening. Although he was a humble man, he took pride in his work and was determined to do the best job possible.

He joined the U.S. Navy the day before his 18th birthday, and was stationed in the South Pacific. After three years of service, Roy returned to marry Bette Thomas on April 13, 1947. Shortly thereafter they were raising two children, Judy and Mark.

Roy and Bette spent countless days on Lake Panorama, Bette tending to the flowers and Roy building the boat house and tree house by hand.

Even through adversity, the family held together by the promise of future joy. Roy and his daughter Judy took pleasure in discussing heaven and their faith. Fathers who are so willing to sacrifice and give themselves for their family—like Roy—are the best of all.

He is survived by his wife Bette, daughter Judy and husband Anthony of Park City, Utah, son Mark and wife Ginny of West Des Moines, Iowa. Grandchildren Kendy and husband Tyler Granzow, Chris Shaffner, Kelli Shaffner, and great grandchildren Cole and Brooke Granzow. He is also survived by his brother Cecil (Polly) of Whittier, Calif., his cousin Margaret Pullin of Fort Dodge, Iowa, and many of his nieces, nephews and friends. Roy is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Harold, Lyle, Ray, and his sister Mary Ellen (Dick) Leonard, and his dog and faithful companion Tina.

Memorial contribution may be made to The American Cancer Society for Prostate Cancer research.





Lutheran Church of Hope
925 - 74th Street
Des Moines, IA US 50366
Friday, March 18, 2011
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Lutheran Church of Hope
925 Jordan Creek Parkway
West Des Moines, IA US 50266
Friday, March 18, 2011
2:00 PM
Resthaven Cemetery
801 19th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Friday, March 18, 2011