James Fetterly Haven

November 9, 1946April 19, 2014
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HAVEN, JAMES FETTERLY Jim passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at age 67. He was born in Ann Arbor, MI on November 9, 1946, the only child of deceased parents, Anthony and Eunice Haven. He graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1963 and subsequently enrolled in the honors program at the University of Michigan. He left academics to pursue a storied career as a stage technician in the theatre arts; he was a stagehand, a lighting designer, a carpenter, a spotlight operator, a rigger, and a "roadie" - he got his start with Ypsi Greek Theater and later was Head Carpenter on the first national tour of the heavy metal band KISS in the mid 1970s. He had retired from the University of Michigan as Senior House Technician at Hill Auditorium and other halls and was a proud lifelong member of Local 395, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. He married Elizabeth Moray in 1969 and was a widower since 2003. He is survived by his daughter, Celia Maureen Haven; step-son, Stephen Kunselman; daughter-in-law, Letitia Kunselman; and grandkids, Shane, Sabrina, Sophia, and Hannon. Visitation will be held Friday, April 25 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM with Memorial Services held on Saturday, April 26 at 12:00 noon; both at the Muehlig Funeral Chapel, 403 S. Fourth Ave. please visit to sign the online guestbook and to leave the family your condolences. - Arrangements under the direction of Muehlig Funeral Chapel, Ann Arbor, MI.


  • Visitation Friday, April 25, 2014
  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 26, 2014

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Ricky & Cheryl Keller

June 2, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Steve and Celia as we have just learned of Jim's passing. I am quite sure he and Liz are reunited above! We have many memories of both of them as we lived next door to each other for years. He will be sadly missed.

Frank Benford

June 2, 2014

I was a friend of Jim at Ann Arbor High and at the University of Michigan. I'm sorry that I missed my opportunity to speak with him at the AAHS 50th year reunion last summer.

Greg Mazure

April 30, 2014

I raise my glass and smile to the fond memories I have of Jim. My sympathies to the family....

Wystan Stevens

April 28, 2014

Did Jim leave any written memoirs, or did he record interviews about his life? I sure hope so -- such artifacts would have great value in documenting our local history. He always seemed to know what was really going on in town, and at the University -- he had revelations about things that were not covered in the public media.

Paquetta Palmer

April 26, 2014

Glad to have shared life with Jim and Liz and family, appreciate your love and friendship over the years. Sorry for your loss Celia and Steve and family. Love, Paquetta

Connie Huber

April 25, 2014

Jim was a very unique person. Always interesting and had his own way of seeing the world. I remember having tea with Liz at the foss street house and I said " Jim, would you like to join us?" He said, " No, I don't want any tea. I just want to sit over here and listen to you gals talk" . He had a special way about him and it always felt like he was going to come up with the greatest idea you had ever heard any minute now !!! The world would be a better place with more people like Jim. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Michael LaLonde

April 25, 2014

Celia, I am sorry for your loss, You are in both my and Susan's thoughts. Mike

Mark Anzicek

April 24, 2014

I have only known Jim for the last 8 years, but it feels like I have known him forever. We shared so many experiences in media work together but in different cities. He was always a quiet listening ear to anything I had to share and I thank him for that and I thank him for all the little electronic gadgets he shared with me. I will miss the times we shared stories and made projects together, whether they be coat hanger DTV antennas or light bulb/LED extravaganzas. He, like Liz, has left us too soon.

April 24, 2014

I will miss your intellectual conversations. You will truly be missed. My prayers to the family.

Jill Hoffman

April 24, 2014

Jim - the show will go on, but the lights will be dimmer with out you.....
Doug E.