Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 8, 2013

Harold 'Heff' Arnold Heffelfinger Died Dec. 3, 2013

THOMPSONVILLE — Harold “Heff” Arnold Heffelfinger, 91, of Thompsonville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at Culver Meadows with members of his loving family at his bedside.

Harold was born on April 10, 1922, in Thompsonville, to the late George and Sarah (Tripp) Heffelfinger. He married the late Margaret A. Ainslie on June 21, 1942. Together they lovingly raised three wonderful children.

Harold honorably served our country in the United States Air Force during World War II. He worked on the B-29s and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

Upon returning from the service he worked for Hudson Motor Car Company and did an apprenticeship in drafting. He then went on to work at Cone Drive for 34 years, retiring in 1985.

In his spare time Harold liked tending to his orchard and garden and fishing his beloved Betsie River. He also was a loyal attendee to many football and basketball games for the Traverse City schools.

Surviving Harold are his children, Ronald (Mari) Heffelfinger, of Thompsonville, Sue Ann (Thomas) McKinley, of Houston, Texas, and Gregory Heffelfinger, of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Trishia Anderson, Jennifer Foltz, Torryn Heffelfinger, Rob Carpenter, Trent Carpenter, Chase Carpenter, Christy McClanahan, Katelyn McKinley, Madeline Heffelfinger, Matthew Heffelfinger and Andrew Heffelfinger; seven great-grandchildren; and many other loving family members and friends.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Margaret; siblings, John Heffelfinger, Lottie Draper, Arthur Heffelfinger, Olive May, Georgia Snell, Maude Heffelfinger and Luella Rathburn; and a great-grandson, Max.

Graveside services will take place in the spring at Thompsonville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Thompsonville Congregational Church or to a charity of your choice.

Please sign Harold’s online guestbook at

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