Herbert F. Haubrich age 94, of Kenosha, passed away on Thursday, January 7th at St. Joseph?s Nursing Home. Herbert?s family would like to extend a special thank you to his granddaughter Lauren Haubrich who gave comfort and spiritual guidance at the time of his death.
Herbert was born on November 14, 1915, to Frank F. and Rose (Wegner) Haubrich, and he was a lifetime resident of Kenosha. On October 8, 1938 he married Dorothy A. Crow at the First Methodist Church, and they enjoyed 61 years together before her untimely death in April, 2000.
Herbert attended Frieden?s Lutheran Church School, graduated from both Kenosha High School and Engineering School in Chicago. He was a lifetime member of the American Society of Metals and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He retired from American Motors in 1976 with 40 years of service as Assistant Chief Metallurgist. During World War II he was with American Motors as they built military aircraft engines.
Like his father before him, Herbert was an accomplished musician, performing with the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra for 40 years as a tympanist. He was a past board member and president of the Kenosha Symphony League and also received the Helmut Schaefer award for life long contributions. He loved classical and marching music, making it a point to attend local parades every year to listen to the bands. Along with his wife, they actively supported the PTA, and were past presidents.
Herbert was also an active member of the First United Methodist Church, serving on numerous service committees and as assistant head usher for many years.
Herbert will always be fondly remembered by family and friends as a caring person who had a wonderful sense of humor and wit. He was a meticulous housekeeper, enjoyed cooking on holidays and loved to check out the lakefront daily.
Herbert is survived by his five children, Joan McAfee of San Diego, CA, Thomas (Miriam) Haubrich of Prescott, AZ, James (Ruthanne) Haubrich of Surprise, AZ, Gail (Paul) Witcheber of Tomah, WI and Todd Haubrich of Kenosha; 13 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild and his sister-in-law, Harriet (Crow) Anderson Stoffle.
He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Edna Stines and Gladys Albright and a brother, Edward. A special thanks is extended to family members, Cheryl Haubrich and Mike Buse who attended to his care over the past 6 months.
Funeral services were on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church followed by interment at Sunset Ridge Cemetery.