I found this while I was doing some ancestry research on Papa’s grandfather that raised him. I thought it would be nice to keep somewhere, this seems like as good a place as any.
HAVEN, DELMAR MADISON “PAPA” Delmar Haven, 82, of Chuluota, died Friday, September 17, 2010. Del was born February 29, 1928 (leap day), but celebrated his birthday on March 1st. He was born in Stoddard County, Missouri to the late Truman and Orria (Dunlap) Havens. He served in the Merchant Marine before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. During his 22 years in the Navy, Del served in China amidst the Communist takeover, taught Midshipmen at the Naval Academy in Annapolis and sailed to many ports all over the world. Papa was stationed in Little Creek, Virginia at the time of his retirement as a Chief Petty Officer in 1970. After retiring from the Navy, Papa moved to Florida, where he worked as a Pinkerton Security Guard at Sun Bank. Later he became a State Police Officer at the University of Central Florida, retiring as a Sergeant in 1983. He will be remembered by all who knew him as a friendly, loving, and gentle man who handed out peppermints to everyone he met, especially ladies and told them it was to make them “kissable”. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Verna; daughters Marla Pieper (Stephen), Lorna Reim (Robert); step-daughters Cheryl Branson (David), Suzanne Gordon (Mark) and step-son John David Anderson; grandchildren Ann Marie (John), Joel (Krissy), Jennifer, Jill, Christopher, Brian, Melissa, Kevin and Rebecca; great grandchildren Martin, Isaac, Ariana, Charlotte and Madison. He is also survived by his brother, John Dunlap (Donna) of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and half brother, Harvey Havens of Colorado. He is predeceased by his sister Margaret Gaulden, his twin grandsons Randy and Donald Reim and his great granddaughter Samiyah. Graveside services will be held at the Chuluota Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hospice of the Comforter Altamonte Springs, Florida.