Howard L. HeffelbowerNovember 4, 1922 ~ August 24, 2017 (age 94)
Howard L. Heffelbower, 94, of Hastings, MI, passed away on Thursday, August 24, 2017. Howard loved his family, his country, and farming. Howard was born in Clarksville, MI on November 4, 1922 to Louis and Loretta (Jackson) Heffelbower. He was the youngest and last survivor of seven children. In 1947, Howard married Roxie Grovenor and together they raised four children. In 2013, Roxie proceeded Howard in death. He most looked forward to the day when the Lord brought them back together.
A veteran of the US Army, Howard served in World War II in the South Pacific. He was a member of the Jackson-Mutschler VFW post in Lake Odessa, and rarely missed participation in the Clarksville and Lake Odessa parades. Howard was honored for his WW II military service in 2013 by serving as a Grand Marshall in the Lake Odessa fair parade.
Howard and Roxie were full time dairy farmers while raising their family. They were active in the Michigan Milk Producers Association and enjoyed international travels with the MMPA. In recognition of their lifelong commitment to supporting the Michigan farming community, Howard and Roxie were inducted to the Michigan Farmers Hall of Fame in 1994.
Howard also loved square dancing, hunting, fishing, gardening (tending his own garden until 90), and making people laugh (especially children).
Howard was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his six siblings, Mildred Stalter, Letha Kyser, Elvin Heffelbower, Julia Dukes, June McDiarmid, Cleone Reigler and his grandson Timothy Fawley.
Howard will be greatly missed by his four children, Sharon (Ken) Fawley, Richard (Joan) Heffelbower, Shirley (Bob) Slocum and Margaret Heffelbower (Floyd Misner). He is also survived by eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held on 9/30/2017 at the Pleasent Valley United Brethren Church, 12230 Bell Road, Lake Odessa MI 48849 at 11am, With a time of food and fellowship to follow the services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jackson-Mutschler VFW Scholarship fund, 3600 West Tupper Lake Rd., Lake Odessa, MI 48849.