Eugene Michael "Gene" Haberer age 58 of Hartington, Nebraska died on Thursday, October 09, 2014 at his residence after a brief battle with cancer.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 10:30 am at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with Rev. Jeffery Loseke officiating. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wynot, Nebraska. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm with a Vigil Service at 4:00 pm at the church. Visitation will begin one hour prior to services on Monday at the church. The Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be: Jimmy Anderson, Paul Cisney, Jeff Griess, Brian Kinney, Rick Kuehn, and Jason Morten.
Honorary pallbearers will be all the baseball players Gene coached, played with, and played against.
Gene was born March 10, 1956 in Whittier, CA to Henry and Kathleen (Koenig) Haberer. His family moved back to Nebraska in 1958 where they lived east of Hartington. Gene attended Spring Valley School, Wynot Elementary, and Hartington Public High School, graduating in 1974. He also attended Brunswick Pinsetting School in Muskegon, WI in 1976.
Gene married Karen D. Nelson on September 18, 1982 in Hartington. They worked and resided in South Sioux City, NE and Sioux City, Iowa until moving their family to Hartington in 1987. Gene worked at, and then leased Broadway Lanes until 1994. He purchased the bowling alley and operated it through the 2013/14 season. Gene was also employed by the City of Hartington. He coached girls' softball in 1988. He ran and coached the Little League and Pony League baseball program from 1989 through 1997. He also coached the American Legion baseball teams from 1989 through 2001. Gene took great pride as the groundskeeper for Felber Field and being caretaker of the Hartington parks and sports complex from 1988 - 2014.
One of Gene's great passions was coaching. He possessed a gift in bringing out the best in whomever he coached; in sports and in life. His philosophy was, "work hard and have fun." Gene was a lifelong bowler; achieving 2nd place in Men's State Bowling in 1996 and a perfect game in 2001. Gene also enjoyed sharing HIS music with all who would listen with him.
Gene is survived by his wife of 32 years, Karen; daughter, Aisley Ferguson and friend, Courtney Colgan of Yankton, SD; son Calen & his wife Nicole Haberer and their sons, Grady & Maddox Haberer; loyal companion dog, Sport; 3 sisters & husbands; Linda & Chuck Kathol, Bonnie & Joseph Emanuel, Carol & Dave McGregor all of Hartington, NE; 1 brother and wife; Gary Haberer & Peggy D'Orio, and many nieces & nephews.
Gene was preceded in death by: his father and mother, Henry & Kathleen Haberer, and sister Janice Haberer.
Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.
Karen my heartfelt sympathies go out to you, your family and Geno's family.
There is truly "A Hole in the World Tonight". Find comfort in knowing that you have so many people in this community care deeply for you and yours. Geno will be missed.
Sue & Vernon Heese
I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. There is nothing anyone can do or say to help right now, but just keep in mind, he will be watching over you and protecting you and your family. You will all be in my prayers.
Our sincere condolences to the entire family of Gene--hugs to Linda, Carol.
It's not easy to lose a brother, and so soon after losing your mom. We're thinking of you all at this time.
Norm and Jan Custer
Karen and family,
sending hugs and our prayers during this difficult time. Gene touched the lives of so many over the years, especially the kids, and left a lasting mark on their hearts.
Ken & Mary Thunker
Karen & family.
Sorry to hear of Gene's quick passing. I know it is always difficult when one feels time has been cheated. Know there is support and prayers for you and your family. He had made such a lasting impression on so many which is wonderful because he will never be forgotten.
Prayers Jana & Eric Eickhoff & family
Our most sincere sympathy to Gene's family.
Gene was instrumental in helping our son complete his Eagle Scout project. We will never forget his kind guidance and assistance. Rest in peace!
Beth and Kelly Burbach
Karen and family,
So very sorry for your loss. Best friends since '68, tons of great memories, what a tremendous guy! 1 of a kind!
Kevin Christensen & family
We are deeply saddened by Genes passing. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
Teresa Heikes Mears and Teri Heikes
We are so sorry for you on the passing of Gene. We know your heart is broken, but with time it will heal. God love you.
Bill and Kathy Grutsch
There are no words to ease your pain. Karen, my heart breaks for you.
Carolyn Forinash Kirstine
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