James Fred Havens, 83, of Downing, Missouri passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Davis County Hospital in Bloomfield, Iowa.
The son of James Frederick and Bessie Iris (Klinginsmith) Havens, he was born on June 26, 1933 in rural Putnam County, Missouri. He graduated from the Downing High School in Downing, Missouri. On September 15, 1957, he was united in marriage to Rebecca Joan Anderson in Downing, Missouri and to this union six daughters were born, Pauline, Jo Ann, Lynn, Tammie, Bonnie and Donna.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Becky Havens of Downing, Missouri; seven daughters, Pauline Shewmaker and husband, Bill of Keosauqua, Iowa, Jo Ann Altheide and husband, Jeff of Bloomfield, Iowa, Lynn Fellinger and husband, Pete of Bloomfield, Iowa, Tammie Woods and husband, Joel of Cantril, Iowa, Bonnie Reighard and husband, Bob of Fairfield, Iowa, Donna Havens and friend, Chris Nowlin of Skiatook, Oklahoma and Malinda Robnett and friend, Elry Boone of Salem, Iowa; 21 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one sister, Maudie Oliver and husband, Jack of Downing, Missouri; numerous nieces and nephews; other family members and many good friends.
Fred is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Iris Jane Oliver and Esther Pauline Havens and two great-granddaughters.
Fred served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and received an honorable discharge.
Fred was a member of the Downing Christian Church in Downing, Missouri, where he served for a number of years as a Deacon. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved spending time with his family and will certainly be missed by his family.
Funeral services were held on Monday, June 19, 2017 at the Downing Christian Church in Downing, Missouri with Larry Smith, Pastor of the Downing Christian Church officiating, assisted by Bill Shewmaker, Pastor of the Keosauqua Christian Church. Music was provided by Betty Anderson, organist and Bill Shewmaker, soloist singing “In Times Like These” and congregational singings of “In The Garden” and “Amazing Grace”. Pallbearers were Bill Shewmaker, Jeff Altheide, Pete Fellinger, Joel Woods, Bob Reighard, Chris Nowlin, Elry Boone and Eddie Vineyard. Honorary pallbearers were Caleb Altheide, Nathan Fellinger, Austin Fellinger, Ashton Johnson, Bryton Woods, Chad Robnett, Dylan Robnett and J. J. Hervey.
Memorials have been established for the family. Burial was in the Downing City Cemetery in Downing, Missouri with military rites by the Scotland County VFW Post 4958. Online condolences may be sent to the family by logging on to normanfh.com.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Norman Funeral Home of Lancaster, Missouri.