Richard Andrew Haviland Sr., age 71, of Adams, WI fell asleep in death on Saturday April 26, 2014at his home, embracing his beloved wife, after a short but courageous fight with cancer.

Memorial services will be at 2:30pm on Saturday May 17, 2014 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Friendship, WI.   Dennis Kitowski will officiate.  Visitation will be from 1:30p.m. until the time of service.

Richard was born April 8, 1943 in Fort Dodge, IA to Daniel and Ellen Haviland.  He attended school in Humboldt, IA, and after a move with his parents he graduated from Tri-County High School, Plainfield, WI  in 1961.

On December 29, 1962 he married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life Avis J. Nelson.  Shortly after marriage they purchased a little hobby farm outside of Bancroft, WI as he started his career with Consolidated Papers in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Their marriage was blessed with three children. After subsequent moves to Plover, Stevens Point, and Wisconsin Rapids then in 2003 Richard and his wife of 51 years came to reside in Adams, WI.

Richard will always be lovingly remembered for his warm smile and gracious hospitality.  He was an active member of the Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for 43 years and served both as an Elder and Ministerial servant within the congregation.  Richard had many interests throughout life, woodworking, construction, photography, and tinkering with anything mechanical.  After his retirement in 2000, from the storeroom at Consolidated Papers, Richard chose to increase his time in helping to teach others Bible truths.

He was preceded in death by his father, Daniel Haviland; sister, Judy Johnson; father-in-law, Reuben Nelson; brother-in-laws Dennis Nelson and Kenneth Beggs, and son-in-law, Dayle Zant.

Survivors include his wife, Avis Haviland of Adams, WI; son, Richard (Cindy) Haviland Jr. of Bancroft, WI; daughter, Jennifer (Vian) Coddington of Wisconsin Dells, WI; daughter, Christina (Keith) Zant-Luke of Appleton, WI; mother, Ellen Haviland of Plainfied, WI; one brother, Gary (Judy) Haviland of St. Claire, MI and three sisters, Betty Beggs of Plainfield, WI,  Margaret Nelson of Loves Park, IL and Linda (Darrell) Hoffman of Plainfield, WI; brother-in-law, Charles Johnson of Palmer, IA; ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchilren, and mother-in-law, Dorothy Nelson, he is also survived by many relatives and friends.

Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Visit www.roseberrys.com for online condolences and further information.