Published On: Thu, Feb 16th, 2012

Obituary – George V. Hefner

FREMONT — George V. Hefner, age 81, of Coleridge, Nebraska died Sunday, February 12, 2012 at the Fremont Area Medical Center in Fremont, Nebraska.

Funeral services were 10:30 AM on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Coleridge with Reverend Katherine Russell officiating.  Burial was in the Lawn Ridge Cemetery in Coleridge with military honors provided by the Coleridge American Legion Post 114.  Visitation was from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, on Tuesday, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Coleridge with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Coleridge. To send an online sympathy message, or to view the video tribute, please visit

Pallbearers were George’s grandchildren, Jeff Hall, Jeremy Hall, Jay Hall, Amanda Hefner, Ben Hefner, Molly Hefner, Shelly Hefner, Jon Hefner, Kenny Thies, Michelle Meyer, Matthew Thies and Tony Thies.

George was born on October 27, 1930 at Hartington to George P. and Alvina M. (Bartling) Hefner.  He grew up and lived in Coleridge all of his life.  George graduated from Coleridge High School in 1948. He married Kay Hansen on December 17, 1951 at Coleridge. George served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 and then returned to Coleridge where he owned and operated Hefner Oil and Feed with his brothers, Elroy and Gerhardt. His son Kerry joined the business in 1975.  He also was co owner of the Truck Haven Truck Stop in Sioux City, Iowa and served as a substitute rural mail carrier for about 20 years.

George was an active member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Coleridge and served on the church council.  He was a member of the Coleridge American Legion Post 114, Hartington VFW Post 5283 and the Coleridge Industrial Development Corporation. He was a member of the Coleridge Volunteer Fire Department from 1954 to 1995 serving as Chief for 17 years. He was Coleridge Community Club member and former president, former Coleridge Community School Board member and former president, former member of the Coleridge National Bank Board of Directors, former member of the Coleridge Village Board and was active in the Tri County Amateur Baseball League.  George was an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan and enjoyed all sports.  He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandkids.

George is survived by his wife, Kay of Coleridge, 4 children, Charlotte and Rod Hall, George R. Hefner, Kerry and Janice Hefner all of Coleridge, Joan and Greg Thies of Randolph, 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, a brother, Elroy and Carol Hefner of Coleridge a sister, Delores and Wendell Hahne of Norfolk, 2 sisters in law, Janice Hefner of Coleridge and Avis Hefner of Sioux City, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter in law Becky Hefner, and 5 brothers, Wilfred, Marvin, Gerhardt, Wendel and Franklin Hefner.