Lee James Haver
April 21, 1938 – March 4, 2020
Lee was born in Omaha, NE to the late Clarence and Marie Haver. Lee founded Haver’s Conoco in 1957 and built a thriving automotive repair business (Haver’s Service Center) that was later transitioned to three of his sons.
He is survived by his wife, Eloise (Dugan); daughter, Karen Moritz (Randy); sons: Jim Haver (Patty), Jeff Haver (Michelle), John Haver (Lisa) and Joel Haver (Sarah); ten grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Family will receive friends Thursday, March 12, 2020, 5:00pm to 8:00pm, West Center Chapel. FUNERAL SERVICE: Friday, March 13, 2020, 11:00 am, Lutheran Church of the Master, 2617 S 114th St. Omaha, Nebraska.
Private INTERMENT. Memorials are suggested to Lutheran Church of the Master.
Lee was born in Omaha, NE to the late Clarence and Marie Haver. He was a 1956 graduate of Omaha North High School. He was married to Eloise (Dugan) Haver (Bigelow) in September of 1958.
Lee is survived by wife, Eloise (Dugan); daughter, Karen (Randy) Moritz and children Landon (Megan) Miller and their children Landry and Lennox, CJ (Yuhong) Miller and their child Theodore, Leann (Ryan) Grant and child Emma; son, Jim (Patty) Haver and their children Zach (Lynn) and their children Noah and Liam, Abby (Charles) Garcia; Jeff (Michelle) Haver and children Mitch and Matt, John (Lisa) Haver and their children Delaney and Carly; and Joel (Sarah) Haver and their children Jay and Jillian.
Lee opened Haver’s Conoco on April 23, 1957 in Omaha, NE. He started when he was 19 years old serving the neighborhood near 42nd Nebraska Avenue. This was back when a brake repair was $25.00 and gas averaged $0.30 per gallon. Lee established a commitment to go above and beyond for his customers, as evidenced by 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., seven days a week, open for business. In 1979, Haver’s Conoco moved to a new location at 2410 S. 120th Street. Here, Lee expanded his gasoline service to include a convenience store, while providing the area’s most reliable automotive repair service. Lee ran the epitome of a family business as Dugan, Karen, Jim, Jeff, John, Joel and many more relatives and friends worked in the business at some point. By the early 80s, Lee’s oldest son Jim joined the family business and they both later decided to stop selling gas and expand the automotive repair facility.
In the fall of 1992 Haver’s Service Center was born at 2343 S. 156th Circle. Lee’s youngest son Joel came into the business in 1997 after graduation from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lee’s second son Jeff joined the business in 2000 after an 11 year career as a mechanical engineer for Maytag Corporation. In 2003, Haver’s Service Center’s ownership was transitioned to Jim, Jeff, and Joel. Lee enjoyed hanging around the shops and helping out where he could after his retirement.
Lee’s wife Dugan played a huge part in helping grow the business over the years. She was instrumental in raising the children and keeping the company books.
Church life was very important to Lee. Over the years Lee was very involved in the church council, choir and many other church activities. Lee was a regular on Sundays but also lived his faith outside of church. He recently finished reading the Bible for the seventh time.
Lee lived a life of significance.