OBITUARY

THOMAS T. HAVER

February 26, 1918February 26, 2013

Thomas T. Haver III was born in Cleveland, Ohio on February 26, 1918. He passed away on the same day, 2013, at the age of 95. As a kid Tom loved to invent, and scrounged the city dump for parts to make radios. Always active, he was a skilled speed skater and swimmer. Tom would hitch rides on cars with his sled, and in college he fashioned homemade bombs that he put on the trolley tracks in W. Lafayette, IN. Tom graduated from Purdue University in 1941 with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He married the love of his life, Betty J. Haver, in 1941. Tom worked for 28 years at Naval Avionics Facilities in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he was a systems analyst. He was an active member of the BSAC, a diving club, and taught SCUBA classes at the Y. He was particularly interested in ship wreck diving, and brought up many artifacts from his adventures. Tom could fix anything and was a skilled furniture maker, and a talented photographer. He and Betty loved the outdoors and camped and hiked throughout the United States, and they enjoyed many international trips after his retirement. Growing up working on the Great Lakes as a teenager, Tom loved boats and swimming, and he and Betty were active members of a canoe club. Tom and Betty moved to Vista, CA in 1976 to be near their two grandsons. Tom resumed swimming to stay healthy, and became active in USMS. Tom was an accomplished Masters swimmer; he was one of the world’s top ten backstrokers in his age group and at times has been the number one swimmer in his event in the United States. Tom embraced the philosophy of “Use it or lose it,” and was able to maintain his vigorous lifestyle, including 1.5 mile swims three times a week through 2011, as well as enjoying his daily gin and tonic and ice cream.

Tom is survived by his wife Betty, children Judy Walter and John Walter of Rancho Bernardo, CA, Nancy Haver and Jennifer Goodheart of Amherst, MA, grandson Mark Walter of Oceanside, CA, and great-granddaughter Bailey Walter and her mother Jeanne Walter of Brandon, MS. He was predeceased by his grandson Mike Walter in 2012. A private family service will be held at a later date.

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THOMAS T. HAVER

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March 10, 2013

I'm so sorry about your loss. May God bless the Haver family.
Sincerely,
Roberto Martinez (Mr. Haver's caregiver)

Margo Barnes

March 7, 2013

Thinking of you all as you say goodbye to husband and father and friend. For me, he lives on in the many stories Nancy has shared throughout the years of our friendship. I hope that these stories, and the precious memories they hold, bring comfort, joy and laughter in coming years.

March 5, 2013

I'm sorry to hear about your loss.
God holds us in his memory.
AYALAS-

Jodi CLYMER

March 5, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss you precious Haver family. May you find peace & comfort from your family & friends. My thoughts are with you & my sincere condolences.
Love,
Jodi Clymer

March 4, 2013

I am sorry for your loss-My father, Ralph Lawrence Haver, was an only child-he was born in 1915. He was born in Los Angeles, CA to James Ralph Haver.He passed away at the age of 80. He graduated from Cal Tech and was a Mecanical Engineer. I wonder if some how they were related. marty@mcilhenney.com

March 3, 2013

I will always remember our great scuba trips to Lake Michigan with you and the gang, and Dee and I will coud not posibly forget that eventful scuba trip to Key West when it rained eight inches in one hour and we saw Betty drive off to the hospital with a kidney stone attack! Doug and Dee Clark, Indpls.

Nancy Haver

March 3, 2013

Nancy Haver

March 3, 2013

Nancy Haver

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Nancy Haver

March 2, 2013