Crofton — James Haberman, 76, rural Crofton, died Oct. 3, 2016 at the Avera Heart Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D., with his family by his side.
Visitation and a wake service were Oct. 5 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton, S.D., and resumed one hour prior to the service at the church.
Mass of Christian Burial was Oct. 6 at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Menominee, with Rev. James Keiter officiating.
Burial was in the St. Boniface Cemetery with Military Graveside Rites by the Crofton American Legion Post #128. Pallbearers were Grace Jansen, Brittney Haberman, Austin Haberman, Hunter Haberman, Tyler Haberman, Holly Haberman, Keely Hack and Chris Haffner.
Jim was born to Anthony and Leona (Lange) Haberman Nov. 18, 1939, near Menominee, on the family homestead. He worked on the family farm until joining the military. After two years in the service, he married Joan Edna Shreve in Yankton Sept. 14, 1963. They had six sons, Jeff (Annette) Haberman, St. Helena; Brent (Jill) Haberman, Olivet, S.D.; Todd (Amy) Haberman, St. Helena; Scott (Teresa) Haberman, Fairbank, Iowa; Darrin Haberman, Yankton, S.D.; and Broch (Stephanie) Haberman, Harrisburg, S.D. Jim was a hardworking man who enjoyed horses, he fostered a love for them in his children and grandchildren through his long involvement with 4-H. He also enjoyed hunting with his boys and bird dogs and was an avid team roper.
Jim worked for contractors and builders for 37 ½ years and Gehl manufacturing for nine years. Following, he worked a summer for Doyle Stevens Construction, ending with employment with the State of South Dakota.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.
He is survived by his wife Joan, his six sons, five daughters-in-law, 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and 10 siblings.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Leona (Lange) Haberman; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Boyce and Edna Shreve; and his great granddaughter, Tanna.