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Eugene R. F. Heffelfinger

January 10, 1926 ~ September 15, 2022 (age 96)


Eugene Ralph Frederick Heffelfinger of Vassar, Michigan passed away on Thursday September 15, 2022 at the age of 96.

Eugene was born on January 10, 1926 in Allentown, Pennsylvania and was the son of the late William and Amollia (Wavrek) Heffelfinger. He attended Catasauqua, public schools in Pennsylvania graduating with the class of 1943. He then went on to college at the University of Michigan and received his Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in Music. On January 29, 1949 Eugene married Miss Phyllis Statler in Chambersburg.  Eugene taught music for 15 years in the Vassar Schools. Eugene continued teaching after he left Vassar at Westwood Heights in Flint, Michigan for another 18 years. He loved being a teacher, Eugene also taught private lessons for many years in his home. In his spare time Eugene enjoyed playing golf, photography, sailing, concerts, and reading every book he could get his hands on. Eugene also designed and built their house in Vassar.  He recorded many albums of his bands both while in Vassar, and in Flint at Westwood Heights. He was always very proud of his students and the bands he conducted.

Eugene leaves to cherish his memory two children; son William (Bill) Heffelfinger, and a daughter and son in-law; Sally (Karl) Pituch. Besides his parents Eugene is also preceded in death by his wife Phyllis.

The family has honored Eugene’s request and cremation has taken place. As of this time plans for any further services haven’t been made.  If you would like to give a Gift of Remembrance in Eugene’s memory, the family ask to please consider the Detroit Opera @ 1526 Broadway St. Detroit, MI 48226 or to a local charity of your choice. You’re welcome to express condolences, share a memory or light a candle at Hanlin Funeral Home of Millington and Vassar has been assisting the Heffelfinger family with arrangements.


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