Richard Frederick ‘Dick’ Haberman


(Sept. 11, 2009)

Richard Frederick “Dick” Haberman, 93, died Sept. 11 at Powell Valley Hospital.

A son of Wyoming homesteaders Ebba and Max Haberman, Dick was born on May 10, 1916 in the same home he lived in for 91 years.

He was a farmer, who often passed up leisure for a long day’s work. He built the West Drive-In in Cody in 1949. He operated the drive-in by night and farmer by day, occasionally slipping off to enjoy a day of fishing. Dick designed and manufactured the “Haberman Land Leveler” that is still used by many in the irrigated fields of Wyoming and Montana. He was a long-time member and trustee of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He placed a high value on integrity, a belief he passed along to his family.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Nellie; four children Sharon Kammeyer of Cody, Ronald of Casper, and Joyce Butler and Gail Kennedy-Bartoe, both of Vail, Colo.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Private services have been held. At a later date, his ashes will be placed near the old apple trees at the Willwood homestead where he spent most of his life. Condolences may be sent to the family online at