John “Jack” B. Habel


John “Jack” B. Habel, 61, of North Buena Vista, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, in Dubuque of natural causes.

Visitation was Sunday, Aug. 25, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross and before service at the hall in North Buena Vista.

Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 26, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, North Buena Vista, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Jack was born Dec. 31, 1951, in Dubuque, the son of Bennett and Kathleen “Kay” (Hefel) Habel. He graduated from Leo High School in Holy Cross with the class of 1970, and served in the United States Army in Germany during the Vietnam War, returning in 1972. Jack married Mary Frances Clemen and together they raised five beautiful children on a farm near Buena Vista.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 137.

Jack enjoyed the outdoors near “Buenie,” especially the river, cruising on his tractors visiting people and playing with his granddaughters.

Survivors include his children, Kelli Habel of North Liberty, Kim (Jacob) Breitbach of Holy Cross, Kristine Habel and Ann Marie Habel, both of Guttenberg; his parents, Bennett and Kay Habel of North Buena Vista; two granddaughters, Kayla and Madalyn Breitbach; two sisters, Cheryl Urbalejo of Guttenberg and Debra (Ronald) Koetz of North Buena Vista.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jeremy in 1999; one brother, Randy Habel in 1972.

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