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Albert "Hap" Haenfler

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Albert "Hap" Haenfler, 91, of Satsuma, Fla., formerly of Washta, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at Putnam Community Medical Center in Palatka, Fla.

Graveside services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11 at Jacksonville National Cemetery in Jacksonville, Fla. with C. L. Overturf, Jr. officiating. The U.S. Army will conduct military honors.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at: www.JohnsonOverturfFunerals.com

or 509 Carlin Road, Satsuma, Florida, 32189.

Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka is in charge of arrangements.

Albert Harm Haenfler was born May 8, 1920, in Avon, S.D., the son of Adolph and Gertie (Genant) Haenfler. He graduated from Avon High School in 1938, and went on to graduate from Morningside College in 1942 where he played football. He later attended the University of Colorado in Boulder earning his Masters degree.

On December 12, 1943, Albert married his college sweetheart, Thelma Johnson, in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. They were blessed with three children, Julie, Jean, and Jim.

Albert served in the U.S. Army, 6th Calvary, during World War II, from June 23, 1943, until he was honorably discharged on December 24, 1945.

Albert was a teacher and coach at Galva, Iowa high school for eight years, and then moved to Washta, Iowa, in 1954, where he was Superintendent of Schools and later Elementary Principal for Willow Community School, until his retirement in 1979. He enjoyed spending summers on Leech Lake, Minnesota. He moved to Satsuma, Florida, in 1998.

Albert was a member of the United Methodist Church in Washta, and later joined the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Avon, South Dakota. He was a member of the Masons in Washta, the Palatka Amateur Radio Club, Galva American Legion, and VFW in Crescent City, Florida. Albert will be remembered for his love of fishing and "Ham" radio. He was also an avid horseshoe player and musician, playing his guitar and harmonica.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma Haenfler of Satsuma, Florida; children, Julie (David) Jurgens of Satsuma, Jean (Craig) Schlinz of Surprise, Arizona, Jim (Lucille) Haenfler of Satsuma; six grandchildren, Tracy (Graham) Lester, Tricia (Graham) Banta, Jeremy Schlinz, Jennifer (Schlinz) Loose, Emily Schlinz, and Brad Clements; four great grandchildren; one sister, Marie Connor of Scottsdale, Arizona, one brother, Roy (Shirley) Haenfler of Scottsdale, Arizona, brother-in-law Harry (JoAnn) Johnson of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, and many nieces and nephews.

Albert was preceded in death by his parents, one sister: Janna Sattler; and six brothers: Robert, Ed, Adolph "Fritz", Joe, Lee, and Gerald "Butch."