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William C. ‘Bill’ Haverlah
William C. “Bill” Haverlah was living at Walden Court Assisted Living in Llano, Texas, at the time of his death on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. He was born June 13, 1931, in Dewees to Lee Henry and Anna Alma (Matheaus) Haverlah.
Bill lived on the farm in Dewees with his grandparents until the age of six. His grandfather, William D. Haverlah, was a schoolteacher in Germany, and taught Bill in German up until the time he moved to Pleasanton with his family. At the age of 16, he graduated from Pleasanton High School and in September of 1948 began his college career at Texas A&M College majoring in accounting.
On Dec. 1, 1951, Bill married Rose Marie Raska in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Floresville. He graduated in May of 1952 as a second lieutenant and entered the U.S. Air Force as a wing adjutant in Strategic Air Command. Within two months of graduation, he was sent to Misawa, Japan, later returning to Austin-Bergstrom Air Force Base to finish out the remainder of his two- year term. In 1954, Bill left the Air Force as a first lieutenant and entered into the private sector, taking a job with Magnolia Petroleum Co. as an oil scout in Oklahoma City, Okla. In 1956 they moved to Midland, where he was a land man for Magnolia Petroleum. In September 1959, their son, Steven C. Haverlah, was born in Midland.
Bill began his association with Clayton Williams in Fort Stockton in 1964, working for Clajon Gas Co. He worked for Clajon until 1967, when he moved to a farm he had purchased in Floresville. He started raising registered Angus cattle and farming maize, and became very involved with cattleman organizations and the Farm Bureau. In 1975 he transitioned to raising Brangus cattle and moved toward more ranching than farming. In 1976 he rejoined Clayton Williams and opened an office for Williams Company in Floresville, later moving the office to San Antonio. It was during this time that he acquired oil and gas leases throughout the Austin Chalk formation for Williams Co. During these years he formed a friendship with both Jennifer Varnon and Jeff Chapman that endured throughout his life. In 1980 he and Rose Marie purchased a ranch near Gillett and moved to the ranch, while Bill still worked part time for Williams Co. Bill retired from the oil and gas business and went into full-time ranching once again in 1981.
In September 1983, he purchased a ranch west of Cherokee, in San Saba County. His son, Steve, married Margaret Ann Hancock in December of the same year and moved to the farm in Floresville, joining Bill in the ranching business. In July 1984 he purchased a second ranch west of Cherokee and he and Rose Marie moved there in 1986. He and Rose Marie subsequently divorced in 1994 and in 1995 he married Peggy Seay. In 1998 they bought the Juan De Dios Ranch in Santa Rosa, N.M., and soon thereafter moved out to the new ranch. He resided there until 2005, when he sold the ranch due to health reasons and purchased another ranch in Archer County. He and Peggy moved to the town of Olney. In 2009, Bill and Peggy divorced and he moved back to the ranch at Cherokee. It was during this time he began attending Cherokee Baptist Church. He shared with his granddaughter, Lindsay. In 2009, he became a disciple for Jesus; he knew his works and endeavors wouldn’t do it, so he put his hands in Christ’s hands. He went home to be with his Lord with the quiet confidence that comes from the understanding that God’s grace covers all.
Bill is survived by his son, Steve C. Haverlah and wife Margaret of Llano; granddaughter Lindsay Alexander and husband Lee of Castell; grandson Wesley C. Haverlah of College Station; great-granddaughter Lillie Ann Alexander; brother Dr. Gene V. Haverlah of Del Rio; sister Leanna Komel of Beeville; and multiple nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 1:30 p.m. in the Cherokee Baptist Church in Cherokee.
Memorials may be made to Cherokee Children’s Home, P.O. Box 195, Cherokee, TX 76832; or the Cherokee Baptist Church, P.O. Box 117, Cherokee, TX 76832.
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