OBITUARY: Paul Allan Habberstad |

OBITUARY: Paul Allan Habberstad

September 20, 1941 ~ December 4, 2011

PAUL ALLAN HABBERSTAD, former resident of Blooming Prairie, MN, passed away December 4, 2012. He was at his residence in Palm City, FL. Paul is survived by his siblings: Susan (Terry) Boschetti of Mesquite, NV; Sally (Jerry) Williamson of Palm City, FL; and Stephen Habberstad of Key West, FL; also many family members. He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward C. Habberstad and Mary Helen Habberstad.

Paul was born in Salt Lake City, UT. He lived out his formative years in Blooming Prairie, MN. He obtained a degree in engineering at the University of Minnesota. He was employed as an engineer at the Highway Department of St. Paul, MN. Paul also spent time in the United States Armed Forces. He was employed at Farmers and Merchants State Bank of Blooming Prairie, MN. Paul then went on to Aspen, CO where he owned and operated a photography studio. He was a member of the Eagles, the Elks Club and also a member of the American Legion while living in Aspen. One of his loves in life was photography; he was a very talented artist in the photography business and simply enjoyed it as a hobby as well. Paul was an entrepreneur in business and investments.

Aspen is where Paul spent the majority of his life, having become an avid skier, he skied mountains throughout all the western states. He designed and made available, a website dedicated to skiers. He was the president of this International Ski Organization Website.

Paul had obtained his private pilot’s license and owned his own airplane. He loved airplanes and as one of his hobbies, put model airplanes together and flew them as well. Paul’s other interests included model trains, boats; and he loved classical music. Paul loved to travel; he owned several motorcycles and traveled extensively throughout the United States; he spent many days sailing on the waters of the Floriday Keys. He was an adventurous person, but always slow and cautious in his adventures … skiing the blue slopes and the dangerous black diamond slopes, but taking the easiest and safest way down. He lived his life this way, with caution and careful thought.

Paul had made his home in Lake Tahoe, NV, where he spent many hours on the mountains skiing. There again, he acquired many close friends. Paul was known for his utmost honesty, integrity, loyalty and fairness. He did business with a handshake.

For the last two years, Paul’s residence has been in Florida, where he was close to his brother in Key West, his sister in Palm City and his nephew in Port St. Lucie. Family was very, very important to Paul; living close to his two siblings, he saw them often; he frequently visited his sister Susie and her husband, Terry, his Aunt Phyllis in Minneapolis and his cousins, nieces and nephews.

Paul has left a void in many people’s lives. He will be forever in our thoughts and we know he is truly rejoicing in his reunion with his parents and other family members … Paul, we will miss you so much and we love you so much. “Farewell tears flow during songs of celebration because we know that death and tomb are ‘the gate of the Lord’ and know that the righteous shall enter through it.”

A memorial service for Paul will be held in Blooming Prairie, MN on July 1, 2012. The service will be held at the Heather Haus Chapel, an independent / assisted living facility located at 223 Fourth Street in Blooming Prairie, MN. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Blooming Prairie American Legion, or your local Salvation Army.

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