The Hefling Family
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Virgil J Hefling

Virgil James Hefling


Virgil was born 10 Mar 1908 in Reno County, Kansas to Robert Jackson Hefling and Almeda Mae Shinkle. He died 23 Oct 1965 in Hutchinson, Kansas and is buried at the Haven Cemetery, Haven, Kansas.

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To next sibling, Ronald

Hildred May Smith


Hildred was born 05 Sep 1907 in Haven, Kansas to Charles Augusta Smith and Minnie Belle Scott. She died 21 Jun 2002 in Halstead, Kansas and is buried at the Haven Cemetery, Haven, Kansas.

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Virgil and Hildred were married on 16 Mar 1930 in Haven, Kansas. They had four children. 

Virgil was a farmer, farming his land as well as others to make a living. He and Hildred lived in and around Haven and Mt. Hope all of their lives. It is said Hildred made the best fried chicken in the county - having to kill, dress and cook three or four chickens a day to feed the farm hands.

Tragedy and heartbreak stuck this couple early when their two young sons died within six months of one another. Bobby died at six months of age due to complications from measles. Sonny, at two and a half years old, died next from complications due to pneumonia just a few weeks before Hildred gave birth to their third child.

For many years they lived three and a half miles due west of Mt. Hope on a farm they rented. In the late 1950s they built a home in Mt. Hope, paying for the construction as it was built, and moved to town in 1960.

Virgil and Hildred were well-known in the area and well respected. Both of them were active in the church and community. They belonged to a bridge club and hosted many an evening of playing cards.

Virgil was a hard worker, a firm and fair boss, and had a quick wit that friends and family enjoyed. He continued to farm until his health stopped him. A long time smoker, he died from lung cancer at age 57. He was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church, Mt. Hope Masonic Lodge and past master, Wichita Consistory, Order of Eastern Star and past patron, Mt. Hope city council and had served two terms on the Haven High School Board.

Hildred was a member of the Mt. Hope United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. After Virgil's death, she enjoyed taking a trip almost every year with her friends, playing cards, visiting her children and grandchildren, and especially delighted in her great-grandchildren. For as long as she was able and weather permitting, she would walk uptown to get her mail - stopping along the way to check on her sister and various friends. We were blessed to have her with us for almost 95 years.

Children of Virgil James Hefling and Hildred May Smith:
  1. Vernon John Hefling (Sonny)
         b. 15 Sep 1932
        d.  08 Feb 1935
  2. Charles Robert Hefling (Bobby) 
         b. 09 Feb 1934
         d. 09 Aug 1934
  3. Living Hefling
  4. Shirley Jean Hefling


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