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Walter F. Hafner
May 26, 1920 - May 12, 2011

Sublimity - Walter, 90, died Thursday in Salem. He was born in Sublimity and lived there all his life. Walter farmed all his life on the Hafner Farms Century Farm. He was the world champion grass seed farmer in 1973. Walter had a dairy, raised strawberries, and later raised beef cattle. He would log during the winter and cut wood and raise grass seed in the summer. Walter enjoyed deer and elk hunting, in his later years he would attend auctions in Woodburn and Lebanon, go to flea markets and gun  shows. He collected Griswold cast iron products. Walter was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Sublimity and Knights of Columbus St. Anthony Council.

He married Muriel Gries on November 22, 1944 in Sublimity, she preceded him in death on March 22, 1987. Walter is survived by daughters: Sue Sutton of Lyons and Peg Swanton of Portland; sons: John Hafner of Sublimity, Ted Hafner of Aumsville, Dan Hafner and Jerry Hafner both of Lyons. Grandchildren - 21 and 16 - great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, two sisters, one granddaughter and one great-grandson.

Recitation of rosary will be Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 7:00pm and Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 11:00 am both at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Sublimity. Interment will be in St. Boniface Cemetery in Sublimity. Contributions may be made to Regis/St. Mary Schools or Stayton community  food bank. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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