Donald Stephen Haberman, 80, Minot, died on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Care Source Hospice in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Don was born on Sept. 20, 1932, in Bottineau, to Stephen and Lorraine (Jones) Haberman. He was reared and educated in Elgin. Don enlisted in the Navy on Dec. 5, 1950. He served his country on the Destroyer Escort USS McGinty, stationed out of Hawaii, during the Korean Conflict, until his honorable discharge on May 16, 1954. During this time he received the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, Korean Service Medal with three stars, China Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
Following his discharge he returned to North Dakota, where he met the loving, beautiful and devoted Madonna Sedone Duff. They were married on Oct. 13, 1956, in Willow City. They made their home in Minot, where they raised six children. Don was employed as the office manager of Minot Implement for 20 years and as a real estate agent for Signal Realtors until he retired in December of 2009. Even though Don and Madonna had resided in their friendly hometown in North Dakota for almost all of their lives, they had been residing, for the past seven months, in the scenic Wasatch Mountains of Utah because of the health care complications of he and his wife. While there, he helped care for Madonna, who died on Dec. 9, 2012.
Don was an active member of St. Leo's Catholic Church of Minot and became a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus organization and also served as a Grand Knight. He was an enthusiastic hunter and fisherman. He fondly shared those experiences with his sons, brothers, grandchildren and nephews. He loved storytelling and brought cheer to the lives of those who listened. Don played tenor saxophone in a Navy recruit band.
He was a devoted son who loved helping his parents with their farming and eventually formed a partnership with his brothers and farmed with them for many years. He especially enjoyed taking his children on tractor rides through the farm fields.
Together he and Madonna enjoyed countless hours of gardening, spending time with their children and entertaining their 19 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He will be lovingly remembered as "Baby Blue Eyes" with an infectious smile by those who cared for him at his hospice home.
Don's loving family includes: his children, Doug (Lori) Haberman, of Woodbury, Minn., Pam Haberman, of Minot, Mary (Peter) Cano, of Highland, Utah, Mark (Renae) Haberman, of Rapid City, S.D., Steve (Lorri) Haberman, of Minot, and Kathy (Adam) Lamb, of Bothell, Wash.; grandchildren, Joshua Haberman, Elizabeth Weltzin, Maria Haberman, Caleb Haberman, Benjamin Haberman, Christopher Seiffert, Brock Goossens, Julian Degenstein, Tatiana Johnson, Courtney Pappas, Pete Cano, Nicole and David Haberman, Katelyn, Carson and Chayse Haberman; Dak, Praire and Iris Lamb; siblings, Tom (Helen) Haberman, of Williston, Delmar (Rita) Haberman, of Bottineau; in-laws, Pauline (Al) Waltz, of Auburn, Wash., Tom (Leola) Hanson, of Minot, Ray (Steph) Duff, of St. Michael, Minn., and Audrey Duff, of Aurora, Colo.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dad, you will be greatly missed, and we will always hold you in our loving hearts.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Lorraine Haberman; and his wife, Madonna Haberman.
Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. in St. Leo's Catholic Church, Minot.
Vigil prayer service: Monday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the Thomas Family Funeral Home Chapel, Minot.
Interment with military honors: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Monday from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).