OBITUARY

Willard Anthony Haver

November 9, 1953June 4, 2021
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The grease monkey, record playing, antiquing, retired air crewman, rescue swimmer, veteran, officer, and all-around good dude, walked out to the garage one last time on June 4, 2021. The man, the myth, the legend. Tony Haver was fire and rain. He was the werewolf of London and a tiny dancer. The jumpin’ Jack flash, tambourine man who heard it in a love song listened to vinyl on his old stereo (purchased on deployment in Italy during the 80’s) every Sunday morning. Tony preferred the early Stones and the late Beatles.

Born to William W. and Esther G. Haver (both deceased), The Dude is survived by his daughters, grandchildren, DT, and younger siblings. Tony loved his country and his Fairlane. His girls were his pride, and the grandkids were his joy. The Dude’s proudest accomplishment was raising three strong, independent women. He taught them to work on cars, to love nature, that good music gets you through anything and to just be thankful. Tony took great pride in stocking their toolboxes.

Tony was love and sarcasm personified. His bear hugs and hidden snacks will be missed.

Visitation will be held at Rosewood -Kellum Funeral Home, Monday, June 14 from 5:00-7:00PM. Funeral services will follow on Tuesday, June 15 at 2PM. Eternal rest will be at Arlington National Cemetery. Fair winds and following seas CWO4-Haver. You may offer condolences at www.kellumfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 14, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, June 15, 2021

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Tom Ford

June 17, 2021

What a man! I was privileged to know, work, and fly with Chief Tony Haver. He was among an elite group of aircrewman that were also born leaders. If something good was happening, he was nearby. If there was a problem, then we’d look for him because we knew he could fix it. I never saw him without a smile on his face — I assumed he always knew something that no one else knew. I spoke with him many times over the past couple years when he worked at AIRLANT and I needed help at CNATRA. My thoughts and prayers are with his girls. Your dad was one of the best men I knew during my 29-year Navy career.
CAPT Tom Ford, USN (ret)

Jeff Hutchinson

June 15, 2021

I worked with Tony during my days at Commander Air Force Atlantic (CNAL) in Norfolk. I was involved with future aircraft requirements and had to coordinate weekly (sometimes daily) with Tony on delivery of aircraft and weapons systems. I could always rely on Tony with the most succinct, one-line answer of either "yes or no" each and every time. He was awesome to work with and I always admired his straight forward approach with all things. I really enjoyed talking about his passion with vintage automobiles, enjoying old Navy sea-antics and sharing family stories.
Hearing of his passing was a shock. My deepest condolences to his family.
CAPT Jeff Hutchinson USN (Ret)

Nancy Jones

June 14, 2021

Tony and I were stationed together as E-5’s at NAS Oceana working on the SAR Phrogs and Sea Pigs (SH-3’s) followed by NAS Norfolk in opposite hangar bays at LP-4 (him at HC-6 and me at HC-8). Tony was a true gem! My first thoughts when I think of Tony are his laugh, that crooked smile, and the relaxed stance that he always had...hands in his pockets just being cool. Fair winds, buddy! Keep the rotors turning till we meet again. My deepest sympathy goes to his family and friends.
Nancy Jones, CWO3 (Ret)

Denny & Cindy Ambrose

June 14, 2021

I met Tony many years ago at Green Gifford. He’d come in often to see his friend Tom so we talked a lot over the years about our love of cars. My wife and I would see him at different car events and Tom and Tony went to Richmond Dragway with us one time when I raced my car. We thought so much of Tony. He was fun to hang out with and such an awesome guy. We are so sorry that he has passed and we feel very blessed to have known him. Denny & Cindy Ambrose

Randall Rothchild

June 14, 2021

I knew Tony as a Petty Officer at HC-6 in the late 70's. He was an excellent crewman, skilled maintenace man, and overall a friendly and professional person. It was a pleasure to serve with him. My condolences to Tony's family and friends. Fair winds...

Jerry Kline

June 13, 2021

Tony was a great mentor to me in my early Navy days and even a better friend. We served together at Nas Oceana SAR . We worked hard and talked a few times over a couple beers . He was a straight shooter and prepared me for the long journey that would end up being my Navy career. I always carried him close to my heart , he will be missed. Bottoms Up to a great teacher and even better friend. You will not be forgotten. RIP Tony .

Ahren Longo

June 9, 2021

I was stationed at HC2 with Tony. We called him WO because he was a warrant officer. I was deployed to the Desert Ducks with him as my Maintenance Officer. He was the best you could ever have. He was our “Superman”. He had our backs no matter what. Never met anyone who worked harder or played harder than Tony. Funny story I have to share.. Desert Ducks: Manama, Bahrain 2000. His cell phone never stopped ringing so to mess with him, Bobby Miller bought a toy phone and on the way back from duty he was driving the van and we were all in the back. We were sitting at a light and Booby went into action. Hit the ring button” Hello…..Oh you need to speak to Warrent Officer Haver…. Hey WO it’s for you…..Hello Warrent Officer Haver….. hello…..HELLO!!!!!………You @!$!!@“%#s!!! Throws the toy out the window and drives over it. We were laughing so hard we cried. There were a few toy phones that got smashed after that because it never got old.

Delmas Davis

June 9, 2021

Delmas Davis

June 9, 2021

Patrick McKarski

June 9, 2021

I want say it was 1976 or 77 Tony had a 68 roadrunner . I had a 1976 Camaro and we would park away from everyone . This was at the old hangar over near the sea wall . Well we would angle our cars so if anybody parked near us we would not get door dings and such. Well one afternoon a base police officer took exception to the way we parked and ticketed us. Well my buddy Tony happen to see the officer in work and went over and talked the guy out of the ticket. Well needless to say I had no luck with getting the ticket nulled. We truly enjoyed some great moments .

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Biography

The grease monkey, record playing, antiquing, retired air crewman, rescue swimmer, veteran, officer, and all-around good dude, walked out to the garage one last time on June 4, 2021.
The man, the myth, the legend. Tony Haver was fire and rain. He was the werewolf of London and a tiny dancer. The jumpin’ Jack flash, tambourine man who heard it in a love song listened to vinyl on his old stereo (purchased on deployment in Italy during the 80’s) every Sunday morning. Tony preferred the early Stones and the late Beatles.

Born to William W. and Esther G. Haver (both deceased), The Dude is survived by his daughters, grandchildren, DT, and younger siblings.

Tony loved his country and his Fairlane. His girls were his pride, and the grandkids were his joy.
The Dude’s proudest accomplishment was raising three strong, independent women. He taught them to work on cars, to love nature, that good music gets you through anything and to just be thankful. Tony took great pride in stocking their toolboxes.

Tony was love and sarcasm personified. His bear hugs and hidden snacks will be missed.

Visitation will be held at Rosewood -Kellum Funeral Home, Monday, June 14 from 5:00-7:00PM. Funeral services will follow on Tuesday, June 15 at 2PM. Eternal rest will be at Arlington National Cemetery. Fair winds and following seas CWO4-Haver. You may offer condolences at www.kellumfuneralhome.com