DIGHTON — Edwin A. Habiger, 84, died on June 2. Born Dec. 15, 1927, in Barton County, he was the son of Frank Christopher and Sophie Elizabeth (Meyeres) Habiger. On April, 13, 1953, he married Virginia Lee Hobbs at Dighton. Born and raised in Barton County, he graduated from Hoisington High School. After graduation he worked in the oil fields near Hoisington and Beaver. He was a long-time farmer and stockman, farming seven quarters in Wallace County before moving to Lane County where he farmed for the Kuhlman family north of Healy. After their marriage, Ed and his wife lived in Dighton until moving to the farm near Alamota in 1958. They moved back to Dighton in 1997. He was very active in his church and community.
Mr. Habiger was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church, and a charter member of Knights of Columbus Council No. 3210 where he was a past district deputy and past state officer. He was a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, Bishop Forest Assembly, a Lane County Commissioner for 12 years, a member of the Lane County Hospital Board, Farm Bureau and the Cemetery Board.
Survivors include a son, Phil Habiger of Dighton; five daughters, Debbie Habiger of Kansas City, Mo., Julie and Gerald Washburn of La Crosse, Sue Brethower of Montana, Angie Habiger of Hays and Barbie Habiger of Phoenix, Ariz.; two brothers, Walt Habiger of Cimarron and Bud Habiger of Great Bend; a sister, Alice Cohoon of Jetmore; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Virginia, who died on Feb. 9, 2009; a son, Mike Habiger; a granddaughter, Rami Ann; a brother, Victor Habiger; and two sisters, Pauline Radke and Leona Ehrlich.
A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at St. Theresa Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church with the Rev. Warren Stecklein officiating. Burial will be at the Dighton Memorial Cemetery. Friends may visit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Boomhower Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the Ed Habiger Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be e-mailed to email@example.com
Funeral arrangements provided by
Boomhower Funeral Home*
P.O. Box 891
Dighton, KS 67839
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 5, 2012