Wayne "Butch" Harley Habermann | PostIndependent.com

Wayne "Butch" Harley Habermann

Wayne “Butch” Harley Habermann, of Glenwood Springs passed away Monday, July 6, at Valley View Hospital. He was 89.

He was born in Stonybrook, Wis., on Sept. 1, 1919, to William Fred Habermann and Lyla Bertha Louise (Englebrecht) Habermann. He grew up living and working the family farm.

In 1940, he was drafted into the Army, and in a freak accident was run over by a military truck and was told he would never walk again due to the severe injuries. After being in the hospital for more than a year, Butch was honorably discharged.

On Aug. 26, 1944, he married Ruth Viola Bochardt in Milwaukee, Wis. They lived close to family in Watertown, Wis., where Butch worked for Kraemer’s Grocery store.

In the summer of 1953, he and Ruth came to Aspen, to visit his sister Bea (Bob) Zick who had come to Aspen many years earlier to work for DRC Brown. Butch and Ruth liked Aspen and the surrounding area so much that a few months later they made Aspen their home.

Butch secured a job with Beck and Bishop Grocery Store, and many years later he went to work at Tom’s Market. In 1973, Butch went to work for the Aspen schools as building maintenance manager for Aspen Middle School, where he soon became a favorite with parents, students and teachers alike. In 1980 his injuries he had sustained in the Army forced him to retire.

After 30 years in Aspen, Butch and Ruth moved to Buena Vista where they lived for 16 years and were active members of Faith Lutheran Church.

In 2000, Butch and Ruth moved back to the Roaring Fork Valley to be closer to family and renew their bonds with community members and friends.

Butch will be remembered best for his smile and kind heart. Always making you feel at ease. He was a dedicated and founding member of Messiah Lutheran Church. He continued with his family heritage by baking bread and tending large gardens and sharing it with anyone that wanted it. His passion was fishing, and he often could be found fishing the lakes around Aspen and Buena Vista.

He was preceded in his death by his sisters, Vivian Meitner and Bea Zick; and brothers Howard and Jim Habermann.

He is survived by wife Ruth; sisters, Ruby Klockow and Carol Dynes; daughter, Sue Wall; son, Todd Habermann; two grandsons, Theron and Kalon Wall and three great-grandchildren Taban, Emma and Thea.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donation go to any of the following: Messiah Lutheran Church, 1235 Mountain View Drive, Aspen, CO 81611; Colorado 500 Charities, 2561 Frying Pan Road, Basalt, CO 81621, Habermann. Please note Habermann memorial on the check.

John B. Keleher Creative Writing Memorial c/o Vectra Bank, 534 East Hyman Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

A memorial will be held on Sunday, July 26, at 1:30 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church located at 1235 Mt. View Drive in Aspen.

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