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Adolph Hafner

October 9, 1918 — December 29, 2016

Adolph E. Hafner, 98, Detroit Lakes, MN, died Thursday, December 29 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, January 3 at 11AM in David Donehower Funeral Home of Detroit Lakes. Visitation will be held one hour prior. Adolph Edward Hafner was born in Mantador, ND on October 9, 1918 to Michael and Margaret (Krump) Hafner. He attended Holy Rosary Catholic School in Detroit Lakes until the 8th Grade. Following school, Adolph worked various jobs in the Detroit Lakes area to help support his family during the Great Depression. He enlisted with the Army Air Force and proudly served his country during WWII from June 1941 until his honorable discharge in May of 1945. Adolph was united in marriage to Arlene DeWitt on September 27, 1946 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. They resided in Detroit Lakes where he started a lifelong career with Hallet Construction, operating heavy equipment his entire career. Adolph retired in 1980. During retirement, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and taking care of his dogs: Radar, Sam, Max, Turk and Scout. Adolph's final deer hunt was when he was 94 years old. His pride and joy were his family, especially time spent with his grandchildren. Adolph is survived by his three daughters: Arlene "Diane" (Randy) Downey of Brooklyn Park, MN, Mary (David) Peterson of Riverton, MN and Judy (Lloyd) Pawlak of Detroit Lakes. In addition he is survived by 12 grandchildren: Tracy Saloum, Missy Crow, Jen Nissen, Andy Peterson, Michael Sandau, Matthew Sandau, Tony Thorsvig, Kaela Krause, Jenny Hagen, Jamie Pawlak, Jason Pawlak, Justin Pawlak and Jesse Pawlak along with 16 great-grandchildren and one sister: Marcella Yerka of Minneapolis. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Arlene (1996) and six siblings.

Funeral Home: David Donehower Funeral Home 609 Hwy 10 East Detroit Lakes, MN US 56501

Previous Events

Visitation
Sunday, January 3, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
David-Donehower Funeral Home

609 Hwy 10 East
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Service
Sunday, January 3, 2016
11:00 AM
David-Donehower Funeral Home

609 Hwy 10 East
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501


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