George Henry Habeck
George Henry Habeck
George Henry Habeck was born April 6, 1932 to George F and Elsie Kunze Habeck in Brewster, MN. He departed this life on June 17, 2017 at home in New Ulm surrounded by family. Though George was baptized in Brewster, he was confirmed at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Worthington after his family moved there. He also attended Worthington High School, class of 1950, and graduated from Worthington Junior College in 1952.
George married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie Jean Mesch, August 31, 1952 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Still a newlywed, he entered the US Army in October of 1952 and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and sent to Yokohama, Japan during the Korean War, where he served as a clerk typist due to his amazing typing skills and avoided active combat duty. He considered that assignment "one of his luckiest days". George was honored as Soldier of the Month, October 1953. He became a proud member of the VFW and the American Legion and served as a loyal member of the Honor Guard, a true passion of his for many years.
After his military service in Japan, George returned in 1954 to work at Prouty Grocery Company, (which became Worthington Wholesale Grocer). He was a foreman at Bendix Mobile Homes, then was employed as a salesman at Rickbeil's, Inc for 25 years, retiring from there. Resisting retirement, George returned to work for Avera Medical Center as a valet and also at First State Bank SW as a courier for 15 years. George was an active volunteer. He served on the United Way Board, was a member of Kiwanis, Lion's Club and volunteered for Relay for Life.
George served his lifelong church, St. Matthew's, in numerous roles including Treasurer of the Sunday School, Congregational President, Trustee and Elder. He was trained in Steven's Ministry, drove the church bus for years, delivered Meals on Wheels, and ushered faithfully for many years. George was a renowned catcher for the church softball team.
George was a super fan of anything that had the word "ball" in it. He loved the Worthington Trojans, Blue Jays, Minnesota Gophers, Twins, Vikings and New Ulm Eagles. He was active in any sport that came his way, including bowling, baseball, softball, and golfing with his friends and grandsons. George was on the college football team. An avid baseball player, George started out in Little League and became a catcher for the Trojans, city teams, county leagues and in Yokohama. He went on to share his knowledge as a coach for youth baseball.
George is survived by his wife of 64 years, Bonnie; daughters, Michelle Habeck of New Ulm; Valerie (Jerry) Johnson of Liberty Hill, TX; Lisa Habeck (Frank Steen) of St. Paul; 8 grandchildren, Heather (Dave) Eisenbraun of Urbandale, IA; Rebecca Gardner of Leander, TX; Matthew (Andrea) Hauge of New Ulm; Jeffrey (Shanon) Hauge of St. Cloud; Megan (Andrew) Oberle of North Mankato; Eric (Camille) Keesee of Cedar Park, TX; Fiona Steen of St. Paul; Lara Steen of St. Paul; 9 great-grandchildren, Noah, Noelle, and Nixon Hauge, Mason and Joshua Eisenbraun, Alexandra and Zachary Oberle, Elise Gardner, and Camden Hauge; brother Gayle (Gloria) Habeck of Corson, SD; sister-in-law, Joyce Luinstra of New Ulm, 2 nieces and 2 nephews.
Love of Church, family, country and community filled George's life. He loved to laugh and joke. Seeing the bright side of life was his great gift. George was a kind and patient soul and will be missed by all. "I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course, I have kept the faith..." II Timothy 4:7
Blessed be the memory of George Henry Habeck.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Benson Funeral Home, 1225 Ryan's Road, Worthington, MN and also one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at 2:30 p.m., at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1505 Dover Street, Worthington, MN, with Pastor Mark Schreiber officiating. George's grandchildren will serve as casket bearers. Burial will be in the Worthington Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Allina Health Hospice New Ulm, or Sunset Cottage.