Truman Dale Hefner

October 24, 1926May 21, 2017

Truman Dale Hefner

October 24, 1926 – May 21, 2017

Oklahoma City

Truman passed away at his home in Oklahoma City. He was born in Lexington, Illinois to parents, Guy and Ferne Hefner. Most of his early life was in Berwyn, Illinois, where after graduating high school in 1944, he enlisted in the Air Force. He was called into the service in 1945, and was discharged at the end of the war. Truman continued his military service with the Air Force Reserves and reached the rank of first lieutenant. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and went on to work for Motorola and Eureka Williams before transferring to Oklahoma City in 1958 to work for Western Electric where he remained until his retirement in 1989. Truman’s lifelong interest in trains sparked his other interest of photography. He loved to travel with family and friends, always taking pictures and movies of their journeys. The 1/8 scale model train hobby was his true passion. He enjoyed traveling near and far visiting many club and friend’s tracks. He was one of the founding members of the Locomotive Operators of Central Oklahoma, a member of the Oklahoma Railroad Museum and many more railroad clubs over the years. Truman and his partner, Jim Murray, started a business, Cannonball, to supply hobbyists with railroad equipment.

Truman is survived by his wife of 69 years, Vera (Hoch) Hefner; daughters Trudy Hefner, Nancy and Herb Conley, Susan Carey and Marshall Lee, Barbara and Philo Hatch; daughter-in-law Ellyn Novak Hefner; 9 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Anna Mae Meyer and his only son Jimmy Hefner.

Viewing will be at the funeral home Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Services will be held at the Resurrection Cemetery Chapel, 7801 N.W. Expressway, at 2 p.m., Friday, May 26, 2017.

Arrangements under the direction of Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Directors, Oklahoma City, OK.


  • Visitation Thursday, May 25, 2017
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 26, 2017


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Peter Bryan

June 21, 2017

I am very sorry to hear of Truman's passing. He was one of the good guys a and "good ole boy." We made many tips together including 17 days to Switzerland to ride the rails. He will be missed and our thoughts and prayers are with the kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.
Peter Bryan, Taylor TX

Sydney Carter

May 26, 2017

When I learned of Mr Hefner's passing away, my heart was truly saddened. I have known Truman and Vera for the past few years that they have spent at Concordia, I was their hair dresser. They were an exceptionally sweet, funny, spunky, and easy going couple! It was a pleasure to be around them. We will all miss Truman and his happy sweet smile so much. I want to send my condolences to Vera especially and let her know I am thinking of her. I know nothing can take away the pain of losing a loved one, but know that we won't forget Truman and neither will our loving God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials (2 Corinthians 1:3&4). He will keep him in his memory as well until the time when "all will hear his voice and come out to a resurrection" (John 5:28&29) and we can all see Trumans happy face again. Until then our thoughts are with all of the family and pray for them at this time.

Telecom Thunderbird Pioneers

May 25, 2017

On behalf of the Telecom Thunderbird Pioneers, we express our deepest sympathy upon hearing of the loss of Truman.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Vera and the family at this difficult time.

David Sadowski

May 23, 2017

I am very sorry to hear of Mr. Hefner's passing. I spoke to him over the telephone a few years ago, and found him to be very energetic, upbeat, and optimistic. Unfortunately, I never had the honor of meeting him in person. I knew him as one of the very best railfan photographers, although he apparently only took such pictures for a few years in the 1950s.