Bruce Havel, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 67, on Friday, October 18, 2019. Bruce was born to Melvin Joseph “Bud” and June Marie Havel on September 17, 1952 in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.
Bruce met the love of his life Terri Lynn Langmann on October 25th, 1971 and married on April 15, 1972. Bruce and Terri then moved to the Deerfield area where Bruce worked at Cenex repairing tires for 10 years. He then started working for Larsons as a truck driver delivering storm doors for 24 years.
Bruce at a youthful age began to follow in his father’s footsteps in pursuing his love for racing in a number of different ways including being an avid NASCAR fan, from watering the track at Angel Park Speedway to racing late models at various local tracks. The Deerfield Coyote found his calling, racing the back up class at Columbus 151 speedway there. He was the seven time track champion in the division and became internationally known.
His passion for racing was exemplified at Oktoberfest Race weekend at La Crosse Speedway, where he earned the award for 20 years of best campsite where his hospitality was served out of a chicken bucket.
Bruce was an avid sports enthusiast. He loved all of Wisconsin sports teams from high school to professional. He loved bowling, and playing horseshoes, softball and baseball. Bruce also enjoyed the outdoors by fishing, hunting and camping. His highlight of being outdoors was camping for over 15 years at In the Pines campground in Wisconsin Dells.
His love for his animals was only surpassed by his love for his family, living every moment for his grandkids attending every activity all of them participated in. Bruce always greeted you with a smile and a helping hand. He always lived life to the fullest.
He will be dearly missed by many. Bruce is survived by his wife of 47 years, Terri (Langmann) Havel; his daughter, Martha Aeschlimann-Rogers (Jim); his grandchildren, Courtney Aeschlimann (Spencer), Tyler Aeschlimann (Callie), Granger Rogers and Kelsey Rogers; siblings, Lavonne Stoik-Jacobsen (Jake), David Havel (Vickie), Larry Havel (Ann); followed by many nieces, nephews, beloved pets and friends.
Bruce is preceded in death by his parents, Melvin “Bud” Havel and June Marie Paradise Havel; as well as his niece, Dawn Stoik.
A funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at St. Paul Liberty Lutheran Church, 3494 Oak Park Road, Deerfield, WI.