Joseph Haberland, 73, of McCurtain died Aug. 18, 2013, in Poteau. Joseph was born May 29, 1940, in Newark, N.J. to Stanley and Gertrude (Dudkiewicz) Haberland. Joseph, or “Hammer Down,” was a heavy equipment operator and a rancher. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents. Joe was known as a hard worker and a joker by many but most important to him was family. There was not always much time between work and ranching but he always found a way to show his children he thought about them all the time. It might include a trip just with Dad to an out-of-the way restaurant or a new set of tires so we could travel safely to come see him. Grandchildren gave him new life and reasons to offer soda and donuts for breakfast — a grandkid favorite. A ride on the tractor or fishing with “Papa Joe” was such a special treat that he shared with his grandchildren. His legend as a hard worker and love for the land and heavy machinery will live on through his kids and grandkids.
Survivors include his wife, Opal Flagg of Claremore; daughters, Dr. Carolyn Sue and husband “Utah” Geoff McGuire of Orem, Utah, Lisa Janine and husband Byron “Bubba” Floyd of Fort Gibson; son, Joseph David Haberland and “favorite daughter-in-law” Gretchen of McCurtain; stepchildren, Richard William Flagg of Claremore, Sherry Gay Prather and husband, John of Waco, Texas, and Dawn McHenry of Wisconsin; 14 grandchildren, Kassia, Kian, Kadyn, Kambry, Kolton “Captain Jake”, Aidan, Zander, Zachary, Levi, Vanessa, Derek, Kendall, Micah, Lauren; sister, Diana “Babe” Wenrick of Anchorage, Alaska; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones; and many beloved friends.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at Evans Chapel of Memories with Father Gregory Luyet officiating. Burial will be in Old Bokoshe Cemetery. The family will visit with relatives and friends at Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau, from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday. You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com.
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