Russell Haberman, 86, of Grants Pass passed away March 15, 2022 at his apartment at Oak Lane Retirement & Assisted Living. He had been fighting various health issues for several years.
Russ was born November 29, 1935 in Murphy, OR to Raymond "Kelly" Paul Haberman and Lura Ethna (Gray) Haberman. He had an older brother, Ronald Paul Haberman, and a younger sister, Gloria June (Haberman) Bourquin, and a sister born lifeless, Doris Marie Haberman. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.
As a young boy, Russ helped his parents run the Haberman Café located just north of the Applegate River, where he washed dishes and helped cook meals. He never completed high school, but signed up for the Army in 1958. He was stationed at Fort Ord, CA, and served in Korea during peace time as a personnel and ammunitions transporter. He was with the 1st Brigade, 10th Infantry, finishing as a Private First Class in 1960.
He married Darlene K. Baker in July of 1961, and they had two children. Russ had many jobs including I-5 road construction in OR/WA, Freight hauler for Pacific Motor Trucking in Grants Pass, and McCracken Motor Freight in Grants Pass and Medford, OR. He also did small engine repair at home, and was an assistant coach and umpire for Little League.
Russ attended River Valley Church until the past few years. He enjoyed anything outdoors, western movies, watching TV, and the beach. He and Darlene divorced in 2018, and she passed away in 2020 of cancer.
He is survived by his daughter, Debra Oard, his son, Roger Haberman, 6 grand-children, and 7 great-grandchildren.