Rev. Frederick G. Haman, Jr., 89, of Denver, CO was born on June 26, 1930 in Lima, Ohio to Frederick and Harriett Haman, and was preceded in death by his younger sister Marjorie Bowersock. He was a graduate of Wittenberg College in Springfield, OH and Hamma School of Theology in Canton, OH. He was ordained on May 22, 1957. He served as Pastor and Associate Pastor for congregations in Ohio, Texas, Tennessee and Illinois. He also served as Director of Congregational Relations on the staff of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, and Visitation Pastor at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas.
In 1958 he accepted the call from the Board of Foreign Missions of ULCA to serve in Malaysia and worked with four Chinese evangelists in nine Malaysian villages, preaching weekly in the Cantonese dialect until 1961. From 1971 until 1986 he was on staff of the Ecumenical Institute/Institute of Cultural Affairs based in Chicago, IL. His work included assignments in Iowa, Oklahoma, Washington, Colorado, Wyoming Utah, and Washington, D.C., as well as the nations of Venezuela, Jamaica, Nigeria, Italy, Belgium and Wales.
From a young age he felt called to be a Pastor, and his love of God fueled his passion for social justice and equality for all people. He had a great sense of humor and loved language, travel (having traveled around the world twice), literature, history, trivia, crossword puzzles, and was a sports enthusiast.
He married Ruth E. (Drischell) Haman on June 20, 1954 who became a missing person in November 1972. He is survived by their three children Douglas C. Haman, Julianne P. H. Pappano (Richard), and Lorianne M. Nash. He is also survived by his daughter Aimee C. Duffy, daughter of he and Claudia Haman. He was preceded in death by his wife Peggy C. Sale. His step-children Shelley Sale, Hillary Sale (Ned) and Jeff Sale (Jaylin) also survive him.He also leaves behind nine grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He began fighting for social justice and equality before his time. His humanitarian efforts included the support of world hunger relief and several other social programs. Those of us fortunate to have known him are eternally grateful for the gift of broadening our view of the world and the lesson of acceptance of all God’s creation.
Fred was part of the Chicago Religious House with us in Fifth City many years ago. (Jeremiah was in kindergarten or lst grade, so about 1983.) I recall that he was involved with a Lutheran congregation at that time and also trying to keep us all healthy with Shaklee vitamins which helped supplement his income. He also was part of the staff of Fifth City Business Careers as it started up. Fred’s gentle manner and hearty chuckle comes to mind as I remember him.
His daughter Lori wrote the following in response to some of my questions: My daughter’s and I were able to drive up from Texas to be with Dad and Juli for almost a week before he passed. He made it there days past his 89th birthday. It was a full life. I still live in Texas, but he was in Colorado with my sister, Juli, talking care of him the last four years.
Our deep care to Doug, Julie and Lori who were all part of our Phase I programs. Journey on, dear colleague,
~~ Lynda and John Cock