Obituary of John Dennis VanHavel
MORENCI - John Dennis Van Havel, 59, of rural Hudson, died at home unexpectedly on Thursday, December 24, 2020. He was born August 22, 1961 to John Jay and Gayle (Hunt) Van Havel. He attended Morenci Area High School, where he excelled in track and auto mechanics, graduating in 1980. John was a man of many trades, for years he ran his own trucking business (Van Havel Transfer), as well as being a skilled diesel mechanic, licensed welder, and enjoyed farming. John loved old western movies and participated in competitive cowboy shooting, and he loved to collect and restore old firearms. He spoke passionately about politics and history, and in his leisure time, he enjoyed reading historic books. John was active in the Sons of the American Legion - Morenci Post 368 and had many friends there. For the past decade John held many positions within The Sons of the American Legion, most recently the zone 2 commander position. He was also on the Medina Township Planning Commission.
On July 30, 1982, he married Karen Tejkl, and with her he had two incredible daughters, Holly and Lacy. On June 12, 1999, he married Deborah Garcia. He is survived by his daughters, Holly (Broc) Nichelson and Lacy (Brooks) Allen; father, John Jay (Carol); brothers, Jeffrey (Teresa), Jerry (Lisa), Jason (Misty); grandchildren, Braedon, Brielle, Natalie, Kendall, and Henley; and numerous nieces and nephews who were very special to him. Also, step children; Victor (Julie) Garcia, Steven (Joyce) Garcia, Kym (Dan) Baker, Krys (John) Griffiths, Janie (Chris) Bailey, and Maegen (Jay) Sheldon and their families. He was predeceased by his mother Gayle, and all of his grandparents.
John will be greatly missed by all that knew him. He loved to share a good laugh with family and friends, and you could always expect he had a new raunchy joke to share.
Visitation for John will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 P.M. at the Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and social distancing regulations, only a limited number of individuals will be allowed in the chapel at a time and face coverings will be required. A private memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. with public inurnment to follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.
Memorial gifts in John’s memory may be directed to the Morenci American Legion Post 368. Online condolences to the family may be offered at www.eaglemarryfuneralhome.com. The Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.