Frederick Roland Haeberle

October 06, 1919 ‒ March 24, 2015

Delaware, Ohio

Frederick R. Haeberle passed away in his sleep on Tuesday March 24 at the age of 95.

Fred was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 6, 1919, the son of Rear Admiral and Mrs. Frederick E. Haeberle, he grew up in various naval communities across the country.

His college years were interrupted by more than 5 years of service in the US Army in the South Pacific.  He served his country on Guadalcanal, New Georgia and New Caledonia, moving from Private to Second Lieutenant.   Awarded Good Conduct, Pre-Pearl Harbor Medal, and Pacific Theatre Medal with 3 battlestars, Victory Medal, Naval Presidential Unit Citation for Americal Division; inducted as Honorary Member Free French Forces.

After his military service, he finished college, graduating from Yale University with a BS & MS in Geology, and then later his MBA degree in Finance at Columbia University.

He began his career as a consulting geologist in Texas, and also worked as a Part-time instructor at the University of Houston and an Adjunct Professor at McMurray University.  Fred worked with Atlantic Refining in Venezuela, and then spent 25 years with Mobil Oil where he was a Senior Geologist working in the Philippines, New York City, Libya, and Dallas, TX. He was elected in 1948 as a “Fellow” in the Geological Society of America.

Fred was a member of the Rotary Club of Dallas, TX and Delaware, OH.  He published 49 technical papers in various oil & gas journals, and while in his 90’s wrote 3 books –You, Oil and Gasoline (2010), Three Parts of My Life (2011) and Flying Boat Charlie (2014).

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Cynthia; children Cindy Roberts and Rick (Flossie) Haeberle; five grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, on Friday, March 27, 2015 from 5-6pm.

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  • To the Family of Mr. Frederick Haeberle,
    Losing a love one in death is never easy.May you find comfort in God’s promise ,that we will see our loved ones again.John 6:40

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Fred was one of the most enjoyable people I know. We all loved his stories and sense of humor. He will be greatly missed. I’m glad that he and Cynthia are my friends and neighbors. Wonderful people. Bless your family

  • I always enjoyed talking to Fred at Rotary meetings.
    He was a man of great knowledge and accomplishments, yet he was very personable and down to earth.
    My life was enriched by knowing him and he will be truly missed.

  • Whata a joy Fred always was. His interest in everything, his daily stories, and cheerful and predictable greetings were always at every encounter. Cynthia and Fred were always a joy at every Symphony concert and both could be counted on to give their honest review. My best wishes and find memories to the Haeberle family.

  • Cynthia and family,

    I am sorry about Fred’s death. I admired his intelligence and his sense of humor. He was an interesting speaker because of his travels and experiences. Fred was witty and fun loving. I learned much from him. He will be missed by you but also by all of us that knew him.
    Joan Cornell