Bernard R. ‘Bernie’ Hefner, age 90 of Lima, died at 5:32 p.m., Thursday, August 3, 2017 at St. Rita’s Medical Center. He was born February 22, 1927 in Lima, Ohio to the late Elzie J. and Florence Benton Hefner. On June 15, 1947 he married Martha Jane ‘Pat’ Johnston who died
November 4, 2006.
Bernie was owner and operator of Hefner Dairy until 1972 and D & S Apartments from 1972 through 1994. He was a member of several horse associations: Northern Ohio Draft Pony Association, past preseident of Ohio State Draft Pony Association and member of Florida Draft Horse Association. He was also a Florida WHIPS member and former member of the Lima Elks. He was a member of Southside Christian Church.
Survivors include a son – Scott (Rene) Hefner of Lima; a daughter – Kathie Thatcher of Delphos, 5 grandsons: Chad, Ryan, Ian, Cody and Cory, 5 great grandchildren: Cole, Carleigh, Jessie, Evelyn and Elyse.
He was preceded in death by a son Doug Hefner and a half brother Harold Hefner.
Funeral services will begin 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. Rev. Todd Cosart will officiate. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lima.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorial contribtuions may be given to the American Alzheimers Association or The Equestrian Therapy Program.
Date: Monday, August 7, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm