Harold ""Jake"" Halman Jr.
Harold (Jake) R. Halman Jr.
He was born in Wheeling West Virginia on August 12, 1931 – raised during his early childhood in Bemis, WV a coal mining town in the Allegany Mountains in Eastern WV. Jake was raised here until his Father the original Harold R Halman passed in 1942, and then relocated to Wheeling, WV with his Mother, Eleanor Halman, two brothers Bob and Donnie (who passed away from Parkinson Disease in ______) and sister, Janet Miller. The family then lived with his mom’s brother, Bob Dunn where Jake was raised until he went into the Navy in 1950. He spent 4 years in the Navy, then came back to Wheeling out of the service. Jake is survived by two sons, Harold III his wife Lisa, Derek, Grandkids Derek II (DJ), and Ashely & Savanna Halman.
Jake then moved to Chicago to find work in 1955 where he met Irene Demas – whom he married on December 7 1957. Jake found work in the dairy industry starting with actually delivering milk leading to a career in this industry and retired making Dove Bar Ice Cream.
What we remember the most of Jake was his never-ending compassion to help others. From taking in his mother in law during her last years to bringing his younger brother to Chicago to assist him in starting his adult life and taking many others under his roof to make sure they had proper care. Irene was also challenged in her later years, and eventually passed July 1, 2001; Jake was always taking care of making sure she was able to live the life she wanted. Jake raised his sons with a work ethic that was amazing, working up to 3-4 jobs if needed to provide a quality of life he wanted for his family. His family was always #1 and he never wanted or asked his wife to work as it was her job to stay at home and raise the family in a way he wanted.
From helping Harold III through a sports life to raising Derek to eventually go into the Navy and become the mechanical expert he is today, Jake was simply always there for all in his life. Jake came to AZ after his wife had passed and immediately took up golf just so he and Harold III could get out and become closer. Once he started to experience health issues, Derek offered to come out and stay with Jake to become his care taker. They had opportunity to bond as that is all Jake wanted in his life, was to be close with his family. His last few years of his life, he beat many odds from having heart surgery that went bad resulting in a second surgery the following day to the family being told in _____ 2016 that he would no longer be capable of eating like a normal person, Jake kept fighting. He was the strongest person anyone would ever meet and while be the strong individual, he always made sure the other people in his life were taken care of FIRST. Simply said, Jake was always “that guy” we all need in our lives.