Retired Gary police Officer Richard F. Haber was fun loving, patient and had a wonderful temperament.
Judith Haber, his wife of 47 years, said her husband loved all their trips to Disneyland and California.
“He was like a kid himself,” Judith Haber said. “We took trips to California in a motor home and van. He would take us everywhere to see all the sights.”
When they traveled, Haber wasn’t in a hurry to reach their destination and didn’t mind standing in line.
“He really loved travel and stopped at the side of the road for picnic lunches,” Judith Haber said. “He was never just in a hurry to get somewhere.”
Haber, 73, of Crown Point, worked 20 years as a Gary police officer. After retiring, Haber became an investigator for the Lake County prosecutor’s office adult protective services unit. Judith Haber said her husband enjoyed both jobs.
“He just liked the people and different situations,” Judith Haber said. “He really cared and tried to help.”
The couple, who had one daughter and one grandson, met at Castaways.
“He asked me to dance and I told him ‘no,’” Judith Haber said. “My friend said, ‘You have to dance with him; he is popular.’ The rest is history.”
Haber, an avid golfer and sports fan, enjoyed watching sports, especially Indiana University basketball.
A gold card member of the Gary Sportsmen’s Club, Haber was in charge of the men’s golf league. The Habers played together in the mixed golf league.
A member of the U.S. Coast Guard reserves, Haber enjoyed the companionship of his mixed-breed dog Chuy.
Judith Haber said she will miss everything about her husband but most of all his get-up-and-go.
“He was a very positive person and so fun loving,” Judith Haber said.