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Schimunek Funeral Home

610 W MacPhail Rd, Bel Air, MD

OBITUARY

Donald Joseph Hefner Sr.

June 22, 1938January 19, 2020
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Donald Hefner Sr. passed away on January 19, 2020. He was the devoted husband of Myra Lou Hefner (Frey); loving father of Donald Jr., Ronald, and David; dear father-in-law of Teresa, Kimberly, and Laura; and cherished Pop-pop to Sarah (husband Tommy), Chase, Meghann, John, and Garrett. Donald Hefner Sr. was the son of J. Henry and Elizabeth Hefner. He was born in Baltimore, MD and lived the last 50 years of his life in Fallston. He was a proud graduate of Calvert Hall High School and Loyola College. After college, he worked for Maryland National Bank as a branch manager from 1964-1978, serving primarily at the Highlandtown branch. In 1974, he and his wife, Myra, bought a 7-11 franchise in Fallston and operated it for 45 years until 2019. During part of that time, Don served as the President of the Baltimore 7-11 Franchise Owners Association and also served as a National Officer. As an owner of 7-11, he made countless friends and acquaintances that he maintained until the end of his life. He was active within St. Mark’s Fallston parish. He was a member of the Parish Council and coordinated many church fundraisers. He was also very involved in the early years of what would become the Fallston Recreation Council and coached all three of his sons in several sports. Additionally, he served on the Harford County Tax Appeals Board. He was an avid sports fan, closely following the Colts, Ravens, Orioles and Terps. He and his wife Myra traveled the world together to places including Ireland, Hawaii, Germany, Mexico, and England. He enjoyed golfing and going “down the ocean” to Ocean City Maryland. In later years, he learned to enjoy watching nature on the pond in the backyard of his property. He enjoyed wildlife such as Canadian geese and deer. His greatest love in life was his grandchildren, spending countless hours attending sporting events, school events, ballets, plays and many graduations. He and his zest for life will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

  • FAMILY

  • Myra Hefner, Spouse
  • Donald J. Hefner, Jr. (Teresa), Son
  • Ronald Hefner (Kimberly), Son
  • David Hefner (Laura), Son
  • Sarah Hefner Hallowell (Tommy), Grandchild
  • Chase Hefner, Grandchild
  • Meghann Hefner, Grandchild
  • John Hefner, Grandchild
  • Garrett Hefner, Grandchild

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 23, 2020
  • Visitation Thursday, January 23, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Committal Service Friday, January 24, 2020

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Cheryl and Rob Melhorn

January 25, 2020

So sorry to about your loss. Coach will be missed. Thanks for all the baseball memories. They were good times.
Cheryl

Marty Marconi/Spiers/Master

January 24, 2020

So sorry for the loss of Mr Donald Heffner. He was a well known icon in our community. He would always greet you with a welcome smile, share a few friendly words, and chuckle with the slightest of humor. You will be missed Mr. Heffner. Rest in Peace xoxo

Dan & Eleanor DiPietro

January 22, 2020

So sorry to hear the news, we are in Florida, but know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Too many memories, but we will never forget the weekend at Neptune’ s Haven in OC with the Bengals and the Blacks and all the kids.


Chuck Linn

January 22, 2020

Thank you Mr. Don for allowing me to work at your store as I was going through college. I learned so much by watching you interact with customers and how you managed your employees. You had a gift of making everyone you came in contact with, feel like they were the most important person in the world. You helped me get my first job out of college - I would not have worked for Southland corporation without your recommendation. As I progressed through my professional career, when interviewing for promotions I always answered the question who is someone you admire - it was always you. You were a good husband, father, and friend. Our goal in life should be to love God and love others - you did this very well. I love you and will miss you.

Greg Carski

January 22, 2020

Very sad to hear about the passing of Mr. Hefner. Growing up I spent countless hours playing any sport you could imagine at the Hefner house and always remember what a great family they were to be around. Mr. Hefner even gave me my first official job(working at the 7-11). Unfortunately, I've lost touch with the Hefner's over the years but those memories will be cherished forever. Mr. Hefner was a class act through and through. Rest in peace.

Greg Carski- schoolmate of David - 1st grade through college

Debbie & Gary Rettberg

January 20, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss . Donald was such a great man. And he raised a beautiful family . I felt lucky to have known him. I loved how excited he would get when he told stories and shared his experiences. I always loved talking to him and will certainly miss him. Myra, Don, Ron and Dave and your entire families are in my prayers during this very difficult time.
Love, Debbie, Gary and Mike Rettberg

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Don’s 81st Birthday

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Don’s 81st Birthday

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Don’s 81st Birthday

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Don’s 81st Birthday

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Don’s 80th Birthday

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Granddaughter Meghann’s college graduation.

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Biography

Donald Hefner Sr. passed away on January 19, 2020. He was the devoted husband of Myra Lou Hefner (Frey); loving father of Donald Jr., Ronald, and David; dear father-in-law of Teresa, Kimberly, and Laura; and cherished Pop-pop to Sarah (husband Tommy), Chase, Meghann, John, and Garrett.
Donald Hefner Sr. was the son of J. Henry and Elizabeth Hefner. He was born in Baltimore, MD and lived the last 50 years of his life in Fallston. He was a proud graduate of Calvert Hall High School and Loyola College. After college, he worked for Maryland National Bank as a branch manager from 1964-1978, serving primarily at the Highlandtown branch.
In 1974, he and his wife, Myra, bought a 7-11 franchise in Fallston and operated it for 45 years until 2019. During part of that time, Don served as the President of the Baltimore 7-11 Franchise Owners Association and also served as a National Officer. As an owner of 7-11, he made countless friends and acquaintances that he maintained until the end of his life.
He was active within St. Mark’s Fallston parish. He was a member of the Parish Council and coordinated many church fundraisers. He was also very involved in the early years of what would become the Fallston Recreation Council and coached all three of his sons in several sports. Additionally, he served on the Harford County Tax Appeals Board.
He was an avid sports fan, closely following the Colts, Ravens, Orioles and Terps. He and his wife Myra traveled the world together to places including Ireland, Hawaii, Germany, Mexico, and England. He enjoyed golfing and going “down the ocean” to Ocean City Maryland. In later years, he learned to enjoy watching nature on the pond in the backyard of his property. He enjoyed wildlife such as Canadian geese and deer.
His greatest love in life was his grandchildren, spending countless hours attending sporting events, school events, ballets, plays and many graduations. He and his zest for life will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.