SUN PRAIRIE—Charles “Wallace” Havens passed away on Friday, March 2, 2018, at the UW Hospital in Madison, Wis., at the age of 81. He was born on June 21, 1936, in Rolla, Mo., son of Charles Claude and Golda Marie (Wallace) Havens. He married Rosann Lortz on Nov. 26, 1958, in Rolla, Mo., at Macedonia Baptist Church. Together, they raised three amazing children.
Wallace grew up on a farm in Rolla, Mo., fostering his love for animals. After completing high school he joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Ulm, Germany, during the Korean War. Upon his return he attended college for animal husbandry. That took him around the country breeding cattle and to Laramie, Wyo., where he lived his dream of being a cowboy for four years. He then moved his family to Wisconsin where he worked for ABS, was a truck driver, and began breeding designer dogs, which led to his claim to fame of inventing the “Puggle.” He also raised wild cats, hedge hogs, miniature donkeys, llamas, fainting goats, and of course, cattle.
Wallace was a true entrepreneur, and some of his business ventures included a dude ranch, worm farm, apartment complex, a bar, and an artificial breeding lubricant company. His most successful business was Play Haven Child Care Centers.
Wallace enjoyed life to the fullest. He never stopped living. His greatest passions were playing Texas Hold ‘Em and spending time with his family. Wallace was someone who, with his love for life, understood what was truly important in life—the simplicity of living a life with those you love doing what you love.
Wallace is survived by his wife of 59 years, Rosann Havens; his children, Steve (Melissa) Havens of Sun Prairie, Wis., and Kara (Todd) Prange of Lodi, Wis.; his grandchildren, identical twins Kristi Hollingshed of Laurel, Md., and Kari (Kelly) Much of Waupaca, Wis., Kacy Prange of Madison, Wis., Sarah (Codi) Gerdes of Stevens Point, Wis., Kaleigh Prange of West New York, N.J., Zachary (Kendra) Havens of Cottage Grove, Wis., and Caleb Havens of Boise, Idaho; great-grandchildren, Keleigh Much, Marissa Hollingshed, and Matthew Hollingshed; brothers, Johnny (Pat) Havens of St. James, Mo., and Hank (Flossie) Havens of Rolla, Mo.; as well as, many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
Wallace was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Golda Havens, as well as his son, Charlie Havens.
Visitation will be held at CRESS FUNERAL HOME of Sun Prairie, Wis., on Thursday, March 8, 2018, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, March 9, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The funeral Service will be held at CRESS FUNERAL HOME of Sun Prairie, Wis., on Friday, March 9, 2018, at 11 a.m. There will be a private family burial after the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in honor of Wallace at Badger Honor Flight (www.badgerhonorflight.org). Wallace was honored and looking forward to his upcoming trip to Washington, D.C., as a recipient of the Honor Flight with his daughter, Kara Prange, on April 21, 2018.
The family would like to express their appreciation and gratitude to the doctors and staff at the Neuroscience ICU at UW Hospital in Madison, Wis., for the incredible care that they gave to Wallace and the family. In addition, they would also like to express their thanks for the wonderful staff of O’Connell Pharmacy of Sun Prairie, Wis., for their continued care and dedication over the years.
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