James Edward Heffer
classmate and friend, Jim Heffer, passed on Sunday, May 12, 2013 after
bravely battling Stage 4 Lung Cancer (with its many complications)
for almost a year after the initial diagnosis. The way in which Jim
and his wonderful wife, Sue, lived their lives after that diagnosis
was, absolutely, inspirational. We are very happy to say that the
quality of Jim's life during his final year was far superior to what
any of the "experts" predicted. Jim died in his Florida
home with Sue at his side.
After separating from the Air Force in 1972, Jim eventually built
a very successful distribution business in the Philadelphia area.
Wanting to devote more time to his twin passions of golf and travel,
Jim sold his business in 2007 and he and Sue took full advantage of
their freedom to see the USA. Anything Jim undertook was
done with great zeal and vigor; he took Sue on quite a ride those
final six years!
Jim was loyal to a fault, he took great pleasure in the back
and forth banter on the golf course with his daughter, Kelly,
and with his many golf buddies and, most of all, Jim deeply loved
Sue. Sue returned that love in full measure, evidenced especially
by the way in which she totally immersed herself in helping Jim manage
his condition during his final year.
Jim leaves behind two children, Kelly and Clint, one grandson, C.
J., his beloved Sue and a host of people who are proud to call him
a friend. We are missing him already!
A memorial service was held on 19 May at 1400 hrs. at the Hooper Funeral
Home; 5054 N Lecanto Hwy; Beverly Hills, FL 34465.
Funeral services for Mr. James E. Heffer, CS-27 class of 1968, who
passed away on 12 May 2013 in Florida, will be held on 11 June 2013
at 1000 hrs at the USAFA Cadet Protestant Chapel. Graveside service
will immediately follow at the USAFA Cemetery. In the event of inclement
weather the graveside service will move to the Memorial Pavilion.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations
in honor of Jim to:
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Citrus County Audubon Society
PO Box 527
Lecanto, FL 34460
(Pat McBride and Gary Hebenstreit,
Class of 1968)
Obituary for Jim Heffer
James Edward Heffer, 66, of Hernando, FL passed away on May 12, 2013,
under the care of his loving wife, Susan, and Hospice of Citrus County.
Jim was born December 7, 1946 in Rochester, NY to the late Donald
and June (Graffrath) Heffer. He graduated from the Air Force Academy
in 1968 and served honorably in the Air Force for 4 years. While serving
he obtained both an MBA and Law Degree from the University of Denver.
After separating from the Air Force in 1972, Jim went to work for
Birko Corporation. Thereafter he built a very successful chemical
distribution business in the Philadelphia area, selling his company,
ESCA Industries, in 2007. Jim was an avid golfer and made 4 holes-in-one
during his golfing career. He also was an active member of the Citrus
County Audubon Society. Jim was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He leaves behind his wife Susan (Albertson) Heffer; son Clinton Heffer
of Conifer, CO; daughter Kelly Green of Denver, CO; grandson Clinton
Heffer, Jr. of Conifer, CO and sister Donna Zirbel of Yarmouth Port,
MA. Jim fought a long hard battle with cancer and will be missed by