Dennis Eugene Hafer

October 28, 1952May 8, 2020
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Dennis Eugene Hafer, age 67, husband of Audrey (Moser), of Bally, PA passed away at the Lehigh Valley Hospital on Friday, May 8th, 2020. Born in Reading, PA, he was the son of the late Eugene and Doris (Kline) Hafer.

He graduated from Oley Valley High School, then Williamsport Community College, now known as Pennsylvania College of Technology. He served in the Air National Guard from 1972 – 1981. He was a Designer in Vehicle Engineering for Mack Trucks in Allentown, PA, where he worked for 30 years retiring in 2007.

Dennis was a very active member in the community. Beginning with Boy Scouts in his youth, he earned the title of Eagle Scout. In his adulthood, he was a merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts. Dennis served as the secretary for the Bally Lions Club and served on the Board of Directors for the Vision Resource Center of Berks County (a.k.a. Berks County Association for the Blind). He rightfully earned the title of “Boyertown Citizen of the Year” for 2017 and numerous Lions International awards. He was also a member of St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church in Boyertown, UAW 677 retiree, the Mack Truck Engineering Rebel Golf League, USAF ANG 201st CEF Red Horse Alumni, the American Legion, the Goodwill Fire Company, Bally Fire Company Golf League and Miller Blood Bank.

When Dennis was not out volunteering and helping the community, he spent his time gardening, woodworking, hiking, golfing and driving his 1981 El Camino. Although Dennis had many hobbies and spent a lot of his time doing community service, his favorite activity in life was being a loving husband and father to his family.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Audrey whom he spent 46 happy years with. He also was survived by his son, Deric Hafer, husband of Jennifer, of Honey Brook, PA; his brother Robert Hafer of Reading, PA; and his granddaughter Kylie Hafer of Honey Brook, PA. He is predeceased by his sisters, Diane Soley and Rosemary Hafer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions honoring Dennis may be made to the Bally Lions Club, P.O. Box 285, Bally, PA 19503 and the Vision Resource Center of Berks County, 2020 Hampden Blvd, Reading, PA 19604 (a.k.a. Berks County Association for the Blind).

Due to gathering restrictions, services will be private. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made at


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Bob Sullivan

July 9, 2020

Dennis and I were in the same shop in the 201st Red Horse, we went on many deployments together and shared many good times. The world has lost a super person, and heaven received a wonderful soul. God Bless all of you in this difficult time.

Carolyn Krick

May 18, 2020

This morning we observed a moment of silence for Dennie at our board meeting - he was a humanitarian in his community as a member of the Bally Lions and a much appreciated and beloved volunteer with our agency for many years. The loss of someone like Dennie is very much felt by everyone who’s lives he touched and I know he will be missed by many. On behalf of the clients and staff at Vision Resource Center of Berks County, I thank you Dennie for everything! We miss you already! (photo taken at the Boyertown’s Citizen of the Year award ceremony for which Dennie was the recipient in 2018)


Bruce Hilbert

May 14, 2020

Dennis and I shared an experience together at Berks Career & Technology Center, unknown to each other at the time, for Electrical wiring and Advanced electrical wiring. We were amazed to see one another sitting along side each other in the classroom. I hope the next educational encounter we share will be in a future life and that he is my instructor. As in my previous memory shared he was one of our Big4 +1 in High School ( Rick Good, Terry Haas, Dennis Hafer, Bruce Hilbert and the +1 was Mark Robertson. Rest in peace my friend until we meet again. Love to all.

Marilyn and Stephen Wagner

May 14, 2020

PDG Stephen and I have fond memories of visits with the Bally Lions Club and the tour of the Park was a favorite feature. He will be missed by many of our Lions beyond the Bally Club he served with pride. So saddened at his passing as we extend our sympathies to the family.

Ann Heiser

May 13, 2020

I met Denny 7 years ago when I started working at the Vision Resource Center. He was always very welcoming and helpful to me in my new position. Denny was definitely an asset to our agency and his hard work and dedication will be missed.

Steve and Jan Zackon

May 12, 2020


Jan and I were shocked and saddened to learn of Denny’s passing. It seems like just yesterday that we shared drinks and laughs on Friday nights at the Dinner Bell. I also can certainly attest to his love and skills in woodworking - the tool cabinet he made for me over 30 years ago, that still proudly hangs in our garage, was brought here to Richmond (at my insistence), when we moved in 2001.

May God grant you peace and comfort in the memories of the happy times that you all shared together.

With deepest condolences,
S & J

Woody Sanders

May 11, 2020

Denny and I grew up together in the Oley Valley and shared many fond memories of the farming community and our cherished Hafer and Yoder family history in Pike Township. We were cousins, but he was more like a big brother to me. Later, he became my brother-in-law, because he introduced me to my beautiful wife of 41 years, Anita Moser. I was in his wedding party, and he was in mine. He and I were both Lions, and we loved to share stories and updates on club projects. We did many family trips and vacations together. Denny was an inspiration to me and so many others. He was a leader, and got things done. He was a lifelong learner and taught me so much about life. I will miss him greatly and extend my sincere sympathy to Audrey, Deric, Jennifer and Kylie.
Woody Sanders, Staunton, Virginia

Barry and Lindsay Dierolf

May 11, 2020

Dennis was a great guy, always friendly and happy. He was a truly dedicated Lion and community member.

Stephanie and Dennis Stoudt

May 11, 2020

Dennis was such a special person and always had a smile and kind words! He was so good to Earl and Stella who were his neighbors for many years! He was fun and so social! He was a great asset to Bally and did a lot for the borough! He will be missed! Our hearts go out to Audrey and Deric

Michael Mutter

May 11, 2020

Denny was always a respected and distinguished figure in Bally who always showed everyone the respect they deserved.
I will miss seeing him with the Lions club and driving that nice El Camino in town.
He will be missed !