Elroy M. Hefner

Elroy M. Hefner, age 96 of Coleridge, Nebraska died on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at his residence.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Coleridge, with the Rev. Russ Lambert officiating.  Burial will be at Lawn Ridge Cemetery in Coleridge with military honors by the Coleridge American Legion Post #114 and the Legion Riders.  Visitation will be on Wednesday, at church, from 6-8:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue on Thursday one hour prior to services at church.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Coleridge.  Social distancing and face masks are required for visitation and funeral.  You may watch a livestream of the funeral at https://www.facebook.com/ImmanuelLutheranColeridge.

Pallbearers will be Jason Hefner, Craig Walling, Ryan O’Connor, Patrick Brennan, Tyler Hefner, and Trevor Hefner.  Honorary pallbearers will be Elroy’s grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Elroy Morris was born on December 12, 1923 in Coleridge, Nebraska to George Paul and Alvina Marie (Bartling) Hefner.  He grew up in Coleridge and was a graduate of Coleridge High School in 1941.  Elroy entered the U.S. Navy in 1944 and served until 1946 during WWII.  He was in the Amphibious Forces serving 19 months in the South Pacific.  He started Hefner Oil and Feed Store in 1947 with his brother Gerhart.  Elroy was a partner in Hefner Oil today.  He married Carol Rae Willms on June 12, 1949 in Coleridge.  Elroy was elected in 1976 to the Nebraska Legislature as senator for District 19.  He held this position for 16 years until 1/3/1993.  Elroy was President of Crystal Oil and Diamond Horseshoe in South Sioux City, NE and Truck Haven in Sioux City, IA. Later he was the former President of the Omaha Truck Plaza. He was a past President of Nebraska Petroleum Marketers association.

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, served as secretary of the Coleridge Dehy Plant for many years. He belonged to the Coleridge Community Club, former member of the NE Legislature, Coleridge American Legion Post #114, Coleridge Volunteer Fire Department for many years, Hartington VFW Post #5283, former member of Hartington Golf Club, former member of the Coleridge Town Board and School Board, and served as Mayor for several years.  Elroy was a Nebraska Cornhusker fan and loved to golf.  He loved to take care of his yard and was still mowing at age 90.  He especially loved his wife Carol, his children and grandchildren.

Elroy is survived by his wife, Carol Rae of Coleridge; son Bill (Julie) Hefner of Coleridge; daughter Cindy (Pat) Brennan of Papillion; daughter-in-law Sharron Hefner of Bloomfield; 6 grandchildren; ten great grandchildren, 3 step great great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Kay Hefner, Coleridge, Janice Hefner, Coleridge, Avis Hefner of Sioux City, IA; brother-in-law Wendell  Hahne of Norfolk.

Preceded in death by his parents, son Doug Hefner; brothers Wilfred, Marvin, Gerhardt, Wendel, George, and Franklin Hefner; sister Delores Hahne; sisters-in-law Rose Hefner, Donna Hefner, and Marcella Hefner.

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9 response to "Elroy M. Hefner"

  1. By: Gary Calhoon Posted: July 28, 2020

    My deepest sympathy goes out to the Hefner family. Elroy was a great man and always friendly. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. By: Pat Wiseman Posted: July 28, 2020

    I am so sorry to hear the news. He will be greatly missed. I am out of town, so won’t be able to attend, I am sending prayers for peace and comfort. Also a hug for Carol. God bless.

  3. By: Ron Schroeder Posted: July 28, 2020

    I worked for Elroy in his legislative office at the Capitol in Lincoln from January 1981 to January 1993. I have wonderful memories of him and Carol. Others who worked in his office in that era: Bonnie Roleder, Eloise Landgren, Edna Swihart, and Arlyss Brown. Maxine worked for him prior to that. We had numerous college students from northeast Nebraska do part-time work in our office. Elroy was a leader with the grace of a common sense man. May his family be comforted in his loss, a loss to our entire state.

  4. By: Lee Rupp Posted: July 29, 2020

    I was lucky enough to serve in the Legislature with Elroy. He was a True Gentle-Man ALL the time. Love and Sympathy to Carol and Family. RIP Dear Friend. Lee and Kay Rupp

  5. By: Fred R Stone Posted: July 29, 2020

    My wife Joan and I extend our deepest sympathies to Carol and her family for their loss.
    Elroy and Carol were faithful members of the Nebraska Petroleum Marketers Association for many years. It was always great to see he and Carol at the annual convention and other meeting around the state. He was always warm, welcoming and gracious.
    It was a great pleasure to work with him when he served in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature. The respect he received from his legislative colleagues and his friends and competitors in the industry was well deserved. As busy as he was, he was always able to take the time to confer about issues facing the legislature.
    He will be missed by everyone who had the good fortune to know him.

  6. By: Ralph w Feese Posted: July 29, 2020

    Our prayers for peace and strength for the family. Elroy always seem to find a way to include people in conversation, no matter where it was. He legacy lives in all the lives he touched with his encouragement and support.

  7. By: Tom Lippincott Posted: July 31, 2020

    I was saddened by the notice of Elroy’s death. Ironically, the day before I seen the obit in OWH , Tuesday of this week I had called NOLM for his phone number and had planned to call Elroy Wednesday to see how he was doing and confirm that he was the oldest Past President of NPMCA. Tim Keigher ( NPMCA director ) had asked me an I said I was reasonably sure it would be Elroy but would call him to verify.

    Having known and worked with Elroy on over the years, I can say I can think of no-one I have ever known that I had more appreciation and respect for! He was the ultimate humble, Intelligent , gracious and sharing individual I have ever known and with great integrity!

    His leadership of NPMCA was invaluable to Nebraska Petroleum Marketers, both large and small when he served as our President during very turbulent times of government controls etc. The association also greatly benefited as his role in the legislature in from 1976-1993. Fred Stone and I had first hand observation of the respect Elroy had from other members of the legislature. That respect along with his knowledge of the processes, was a big boost to our success in passing the Underground Tank Insurance Fund that was critical to marketers to comply with government regulations.
    All marketers are better off today because of Elroy’s contribution to our industry.
    I am grateful for having known him for many years and will be missed by all!

  8. By: wintzray Posted: August 5, 2020

    My condolences to Carol and family. He lived a long and productive life. May he rest in peace.

    Linda O’Hara nee Linda Hansen

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