ARTHUR S. HEFFNER
Arthur S. Hefner, 93, of New Bloomfield died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010 at home.
He was born Dec. 12, 1916 in Kutztown to the late Solon K. and Mamie Behm Heffner.
He was retired from Dana Corporation and a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Dryville.
He was an Army veteran of World War II; government trained at the Army War College and George Washington University, both in Washington, D.C., to cover irregularities in the military; security for cryptographics code work and a G2 government agent. He became an interpreter for Gen. Mark W. Clark’s 5th Army because of his ability to speak German.
He was a graduate of Kutztown High School and led the Cougars to Berks hoop titles from 1932 to 1935 and was the top scorer in Berks County for three years, and a three-year starter at Kutztown University and also a state scoring champion. He was a professional basketball official for 25 years.
He played pro football for the Allentown Bears versus Cleveland Browns and played for Honey Russell in the American League and also in Wilkes-Barre, Trenton and Philadelphia.
He was a professional trainer of bird and coon dogs for 40 years and became a nationally recognized field trial judge.
Surviving are his wife, Gaythol B. (Bistline) Heffner; a son, Scott of Dallas, Texas; and a nephew, Robert Heffner of Allentown.
Services were held Aug. 16 in Nickel Funeral Home, Loysville, with the Revs. Jay Eickhoff and George Martz officiating. Burial, with military honors by New Bloomfield VFW Post 7463, was in Blain Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Capital Region Division, 1019 Mumma Road, Wormleysburg 17043, or American Cancer Society, 3211 N. Front St., Suite 100, Harrisburg 17110.