ALEXANDRIA — John Frank Heifner passed away at his longtime residence at Alexandria, Ind., on Friday, July 26, 2013, in the early morning hours, at the age of 87.
John was born in Arlington, Ind., on April 22, 1926. His father died in 1938 when John was 12 years old. John graduated from Arlington High School in 1944. He served in World War II with the U.S. Army in Okinawa in 1944. He was a member of the 96th Infantry and was in a division known as the Deadeyes (www.rememberthedeadeyes.com).
Upon returning from military service, he attended a technical trade school in Chicago. While working in Fort Wayne, he visited Muncie, Ind., and met Barbara Nell Savage on a blind date. They were married on June 15, 1952, in Alexandria. The couple raised four sons and regularly attended the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Alexandria.
He was employed at Delco-Remy Division of General Motors, at Plant 10 in Anderson, for 33 years and was a member of UAW 662. He served as a youth leader, teacher, deacon and elder in several Christian fellowships. He was an officer in the Full Gospel Men's Fellowship in Elwood, Ind. In recent years, he attended Cornerstone Community Church in Alexandria.
He retired in 1983 and enjoyed gardening, lawn work, church work, family time and especially watching his children and grandchildren play sports.
John is predeceased by his father, Albert; mother, Nellie, of Arlington, Ind.; and his sister Betty Reuille of Waynedale, Ind. John is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 61 years, Barbara (Savage) Heifner. John is lovingly remembered and honored by his four sons, Steven Heifner of Palm Bay, Fla., Kenneth (Sarah) Heifner, Mark (Rhonda) Heifner of Angola, and Jeff Heifner.
He is survived by 16 grandchildren: Anna (Brian) Elliot of Martinsville, Angie Heifner of Indianapolis, Adriel (Bill) Pike of Shelbyville, Amber (Brandon) Aiman, Aaron (Mary Ann) Heifner, Andrew (Lindsay) Heifner of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Susie Lindell of Noblesville, Chris Heifner, Lance (Natalie) Heifner, Shana (Mitch) Walter, Caleb Heifner, Kaylee Heifner, Carter Heifner, Ella Heifner and Joseph John Heifner all of Angola, and Nathaniel Heifner of Evansville.