Gene Havens, 83, passed away in Libby on August 18th 2021. He was born November 16th, 1937 in Conrad MT. He was born to Jessie and Winifred (Kirsch) Havens. He and his two siblings were later raised by their maternal grandparents Matt and Pearl Kirsch. Gene was a graduate from Conrad High School in 1955. While in high school Gene played many sports, football, basketball, track and baseball. Gene attended University of Montana Northern in Havre MT; he later transferred to University of Montana in Missoula graduating in 1963 with a Bachelors of Science in pharmaceutical. At the time he was married to Bobbie Carabin and they had three children. They moved to Libby as a family in 1965, where he took employment at Rexall Drug for nineteen years. In the year of 1984 Gene opened Gene’s Pharmacy at the Fred Thompson Building. He married his soulmate and the love of his life, Donna Lukes in 1985, they then along with Gene's son Tom incorporated together in the pharmacy business. They rapidly outgrew that location and later moved to the storefront on Mineral Ave that we all knew and loved until it sold out in 1997. Throughout his career as a pharmacist, he did pharmaceutical needs for the Hospital, Care Center and also did many home deliveries for people in need.
Gene enjoyed many hobbies; he coached Little League, Babe Ruth along with Legion teams for 18 years. He was also a collector of baseball cards, coins. He was also an avid woodworker in his retirement years. He spent many days out in the stubble fields of Conrad hunting gophers and pheasants with his son Tom, brother Jim, and brother in law Roger (Badger) (or some may say just putting miles on the truck).
Gene is survived by his wife Donna of 36 years; a sister Carol and brother Jim (Claire) and their families of Conrad, MT; children Mary ( Kevin) Miller of Libby; Tom (Glenda) Havens of Kalispell; Matt (Sally) Havens of Trout Creek; Sue Riley of Libby; Tom (Julie) Lukes of Spokane WA; grandchildren Monika and (Casey) Riley of Libby; Zach Havens of Kalispell; Courtney (Adam) Anderson of Libby; Mitchell (Kaylyn) Lukes of Spokane, WA; Shay Miller of Libby and Kaitlyn Havens of Trout Creek; great grandchildren Riley Havens of Kalispell; Payton, Aspen and Kimber Anderson of Libby; Fatih Riley of Libby; Franklin of Spokane, WA; Aimee, Zoey and Addie Havens of Trout Creek.
Gene’s service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 26th, 2021 at the Christ Lutheran Church in Libby. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.
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