In Memory

Paul Haverkos

Paul Haverkos

Paul W. Haverkos

June 30, 1926 - July 16, 2020

Paul W. Haverkos, age 94, of Loveland. Beloved husband of 58 years to the late Pauline (nee Morris) Haverkos. Loving father of Mark Haverkos (Connie), Julianne Haverkos, Jeffrey Haverkos and StephenHaverkos (Edna). Proud grandfather of Chaske Haverkos, Mehdi Alavi, Samuel Haverkos and Alysha, Beatriz and Jacob Haverkos. Passed away July 16, 2020.

Paul was born in Oldenburg, Indiana, June 30, 1926; he was the third of Ben and Anna Haverkos’s 5 children. He was a hard-working man on the family farm. He was also drawn to school and sports, earning a perfect attendance award for grades K-8. He played baseball, basketball and football at Batesville High School and continued on to Ball State University where he played football. He continued playing baseball in the summers earning extra money for college. He even tried out for the Cincinnati Reds and was one of the last pitchers cut.

He served our country in the Korean War from 1951-53. When he returned, he got a job teaching math at Woodward High School: This was the beginning of a 32-year career as a math and science teacher. WHS is also where Paul met Latin teacher Pauline Morris; they fell in love and were married in November 1954. Shortly after, they moved to Arnold Lane in Loveland, where they raised 4 children. Paul was always present for his family, tutoring his children with the patience of a saint and teaching them how to play baseball and basketball. He would hit fly balls to them on summer evenings until it was too dark to see the ball. He also taught them to garden and take care of the home, using them for home maintenance jobs, from weeding in the garden to putting on a new roof. He attended every school activity and game each of them participated in and coached little league baseball for many years. He was the foundation upon which the family and each of its members was built, a foundation of great strength with the sole purpose of helping each to be a caring, constructive, happy, spiritual person able to serve others for the greater good.

In 1972, Paul left Woodward, finishing his teaching career at Sycamore High School where he taught Physics until his retirement in 1986. Paul ran into his former students hundreds of times during his years in retirement; invariably, he would remember each and something personal about them. On many occasions, he would be out to breakfast after church on Sunday and would go to pay his bill only to discover that someone had paid for his breakfast—a former student giving back.

Paul lived on Arnold Lane for 63 years, the remainder of his adult life. Paul had a genuine care and concern for each person he met and relished his connections with all of the people in his life. In retirement, he visited Bonnie Lynn Bakery each morning to have coffee and a honey crunch. The conversation and connection he had each morning along with the donut contributed to his longevity and quality of life.

Paul was a devout Catholic and long time parishioner at St. Columban Parish while raising his children, later in life he was a committed member of Good Shepherd Parish.

Paul was a lifelong Reds fan; through the good years and the not-so-good ones, he watched or listened to the games regularly and was a student of the game.

Family will receive friends Thursday, July 30 from 6-8 PM in the Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, 129 N. Riverside Dr., Loveland, OH 45140. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, July 31 at 10 AM at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8815 E. Kemper Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45249. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Due to the current health concerns linked with COVID-19, please remember to practice social distancing and face masks are required. The Haverkos family respects the decisions of friends and loved ones concerning attendance during the pandemic.

Donations, in Paul's memory, can be made to Hospice of Cincinnati or to Catholic Charities USA.

Visitation Thursday, July 30, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Tufts Schildmeyer Funeral Home - Loveland Chapel
129 N. Riverside Drive
Loveland, OH 45140
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Mass of Christian Burial, Friday, July 31, 2020, 10:00AM
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
8815 E. Kemper Rd.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45249
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07/26/20 08:55 PM #1    

Dale Meyers

I was very fortunate  to have my math classes with Mr Haverkos and Mr Duffy. These 2 men set examples for us students that I seriously doubt you can find in today's teaching force. Mr Haverkos was not only an excellent math teacher, he also had a great sense of humor. You would have never believed the man was an athlete by his physical stature, but his obituary sheds more light on his athletic prowess. I used to see him and many of the other teachers as they played in a Teacher's Golf League at Avon Fields GC where I worked while a student at UC. Mr Haverkos was the epitomy of a nice guy. Never did I hear him utter a bad comment about anyone. I was fortunate to see him at our 40th reunion. I am so glad he accepted our invitation. I had a chamce to sit down with him and tell him that he was a good influence on me, and that I had become a math major because of him and Mr Duffy. I am glad I got to know those two fine gentlemen. RIP

07/27/20 01:04 PM #2    

Jill Harris (Goldstein)

While I never had Mr. Haverkos as a teacher, I did serve on the Woodward faculty with him when I went back there to teach in 69-70.  He was a great inspiration to a young teacher.  Truly one of our unsung heros.  

Rest in peace Mr. H., you inspired a lot of young minds.

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