John Bernard Haverland dies at 84

November 30, 2006

Born on August 11, 1922 in Quincy, Illinois, he was ordained deacon in March, 1953, and priest in 1954. He was assistant at St. Paul's in Oakland, California, from 1954-1955 and became rector of St. Christopher's in Hobbs, New Mexico, and St. Mary's in Lovington, New Mexico. Both churches were constructed during his tenure from 1955-1957. Haverland returned to California as Vicar of St. Mark's, Santa Clara, from 1957-1959. This interval included another church building construction. While in California, he continued for 12 years as rector of St. Peter's in Redwood City.

Haverland returned to the Diocese of the Rio Grande as the Dean of the Cathedral Church of St. John in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from 1971-1989. During his tenure he directed the purchase of property, the construction of the new Cathedral House, and the refurbishing of the Cathedral, including the installation of the final eighteen stained glass windows. He also established the Cathedral Endowment Fund, and under his supervision, the Cathedral ministry was extended to the surrounding downtown community.

After retirement he was called to serve as the interim dean from 1989-1990 at Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis, Indiana. He returned once again to the Diocese of the Rio Grande as executive to Bishop Terence Kelshaw. In addition, he was appointed clergy deployment officer from 1994-1998 and went on to serve as the provost/interim dean of St. John's Cathedral from 2001-2003. He continued as executive to Bishop Jeffrey Steenson from 2005-2006.

Haverland is survived by Barbara Clark; his children, Joy Lynn Cowan and spouse, Nigel, of Odessa, Texas; J. Robert Haverland and spouse, Dena, of Dalton, Georgia; Ronald B. Haverland of Franklin, Kentucky; and Susan C. Haverland of Corrales, New Mexico; five grandchildren, Davina Alison Cowan, Naomi Alana Robison, Dylan Chandler Jones, Dustin Land Jones, and Brooke Meredith Haverland; three great-grandchildren, Lucas Chandler Jones, Taylor Mackenzie and Shane Emerson Robison; cousin, Mildred Reed of Quincy, Illinois; and other relatives and friends. Dean Haverland was preceded in death by his wife, F. Louise Haverland, January 1, 2001; grandson, Shane Spencer Haverland; and sister, MaryBelle Coffman.

Haverland will lie in state at the Cathedral of St. John on December 1, 5-8 p.m. for visitation purposes. Funeral services will be held at the Cathedral Church of St. John, 4th Street at Silver Avenue, SW, on December 2, at 10 a.m. Private interment will take place at the Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John's Endowment Fund at the Cathedral Church of St. John, 318 Silver Avenue, SW, 87102, or to the charity of your choice.

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