Haven Eric Buob, 84, a third generation wheat farmer, finished his earthly life and went to be with the Lord on August 25, 2014. The youngest of five children, he was born on March 22, 1930, in Coulee City, WA to John William and Ethel Mary (McReynolds) Buob.
Growing up on a dry land wheat ranch near Coulee City, WA, he developed a strong work ethic at an early age, doing a man’s work at the age of ten. The son of a homesteading farmer and a minister’s daughter/school teacher, Haven cultivated a lifelong love of learning, farming, literature, and classical music. His early formal education began when he rode his horse to the local one-room schoolhouse a few miles away from home. As a farm boy coming of age during the late 1930’s, he marveled at the change from horse-drawn farm equipment to machine powered tractors and combines. This new “cutting edge” machinery and its possibilities spurred his lifelong fascination and talent in creating and improving almost any mechanical device. Airplanes caught his attention when he was a small boy, and later, at age 16, he received his pilot’s license. Throughout his life, he loved to fly, feeling as though all the cares of the world could be left behind when he lifted off the ground.
He graduated from the Coulee-Hartline High School, then attended Seattle Pacific College (University) for four years, where he was actively involved in campus life and sang and toured with the a cappella choir. During college, he joined and then served in the Army Reserves for six years.
While training for the Army Reserves in California, he met his wife, Barbara, at church. After their wedding, they moved to their Coulee City wheat ranch. Their son, Mark, was born, followed by their son, Allon; next their daughter, Karen, was born, and later, their daughter, Rebecca. He developed an apple orchard near Ephrata, WA, where he moved his family. As the wheat ranch was now 25 miles away from their new home, he maintained the wheat ranch, commuting by plane in his Piper Cub. We have many wonderful memories of apple harvest when he built a gigantic hydraulic apple press and had apple cider pressing gatherings with friends and family at the orchard. After ten years, he sold the apple orchard and developed two more wheat ranches, located between Moses Lake and Soap Lake, WA. He and Barbara later moved back to the original family farm near Coulee City and continued to farm until retiring five years ago. Haven and Barbara have enjoyed residing in Wenatchee for the past year and a half.
Haven was very involved in church throughout his life. He and Barbara worked with the Navigators, a Christian outreach organization in Colorado Springs, CO, shortly after they married. He directed and sang in church choirs. He also taught adult, Jr. and Sr. High Sunday School, was involved in youth groups, and supported missions both home and abroad. He served as a Deacon in the Ephrata First Baptist Church, in which he was a member for over 40 years.
Haven was a man of many talents and diverse interests. He developed an agricultural field marker system, for which he received a patent. He designed and built ozone generators for commercial and home use. He built two boats, propeller powered snow buggies, and much, much more.
Haven provided his family with many wonderful memories of waterskiing and fishing at the lake in the boat he built. He took his family to the community classical concerts as they were growing up. We will miss hearing him play the “Moonlight Sonata” on the piano, singing “O Holy Night” at Christmas, making peppered pumpkin pie, and hearing his funny quips and stories.
Haven was enthusiastic about life and lived it to the fullest, serving God in whatever way he could. Haven was a highly principled man with a genuine love for others, God, and family. He worked hard and enjoyed keeping busy. He had compassion for those in need, and was very generous. He went above and beyond to help others financially. He often created special things for family and friends in order to make their lives easier. He trusted in the goodness of others and was a loyal friend.
Haven was creative, and could solve just about any problem, repair machinery, and fix anything that was broken. He loved flying his airplane, listening to classical music, playing the piano, reading, hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, gardening, landscaping, and other outdoor activities.
Haven will always be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, never ending funny stories, and jokes. He was a beloved husband and father. He was faithfully devoted to his wife, Barbara, for over 61 years. We will miss him greatly.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Buob; son, Mark Buob and grandchildren, Jason, Ryan, Rachel, Ben, Sarah, Ethan, and Emma; son, Allon Buob; daughter, Karen (Gerry) Hovde and grandchildren, Leah, Jordan, and Joshua (Stephanie) and great-granddaughter, Ashlyn; daughter, Rebecca (Andrew) Schwebke and grandchild, Brennan. He is also survived by his sister, Marion Buob and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John William Buob and Ethel Mary Buob; his sister, Jean Stephan; and brothers, William Buob and Paul Buob.
A private Graveside Service will be held for family members.