Providing Comfort and Caring Since 1926
Robert J. Havel, MD

Robert J. Havel, MD

( Jan 23, 1924 - Dec 15, 2012 )
Orono

Born and raised in Montgomery, MN, Bob attended St. Thomas College and entered Creighton University Medical School in 1944. He completed medical school in the Air Force in 1947.

Bob married Rosemary Fitzpatrick on 9-6-47 and moved to St. Paul where he completed an internship at Anchor Hospital, and a preceptorship at the St. Paul Clinic. He was on the staff of St. Joseph’s, Miller, St. Andrews, Fairview, St. Barnabas, and North Memorial Hospital where he was elected Chief of Staff in 1956. Bob was a Clinical Associate Professor of Family Practice at the University of Minnesota until he retired in 1988.

Bob was a man who was proud of his Bohemian heritage, was an avid outdoorsman enjoying fishing, hunting, and golf. He was a competitive bridge player and an oil painter. Bob lived his life fully, traveled extensively, and even piloted a plane. He was known for holding strong opinions on just about any topic, but with age he mellowed, acquiring wisdom in appreciating both the joys and tragedies of life. Bob was loved and respected by his friends, many of whom, to his surprise, he outlived. 

Bob was devoted to his wife, Rosemary and a loving father to his surviving children, Mary Catherine (Mick), Dr. Robert Jr., Dr. Paul (Pam), and Tim (Karen). He is survived by his sister, Rita; grandchildren, Dr. Kelly, Megan, Daniel, Brian, and Kara; and great grandchildren, Jake, Bill, Arianna, Aidan, Kieran, and Oliver.

Preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Antoinette; brother, George; sisters, Virginia and Delores, and his sons, Gary and Mark. 

Visitation

Date: Wednesday , December 19
Time: 09:30 am - 11:00 am
Location: The Church of St. Margaret Mary
2301 Zenith Ave North, Golden Valley

Funeral

Date: Wednesday , December 19
Time: 11:00 am
Location: The Church of St. Margaret Mary
2301 Zenith Ave North, Golden Valley