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In Memory of
John Thomas Haffner
December 21, 1927 - July 31, 2020

John Thomas "Tom" Haffner, age 92 of Columbus, OH died at Friendship Village on July 31, 2020. He was born December 21, 1927 in Dayton, OH. He was the eldest of five children born to Milo Meredith Haffner and Rose (Inman) Haffner of Indianapolis, IN.

Tom graduated from Shortridge HS, Indianapolis, IN in 1945. He served with the US Army in Japan and was honorably discharged in 1947. He obtained a Mechanical Engineering degree from Purdue University in 1952. He worked for Gates Rubber Company in Denver, CO and L.D. Kurtz, Stephen-Schultz, Inc. and Westwater Supply Corp. in Columbus, OH. He specialized in the design and construction of steam heating systems and never met a boiler room he did not like.

While at Purdue, he met Marjorie Joan "Marge" Layden. They were married on May 31, 1952 in West Lafayette, IN. He was a loving and devoted husband and father. His greatest happiness came from being surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren while they fished or camped or while he sat in bleachers watching youth wrestling or baseball.

He was an active and lifelong member of the Church of the Messiah United Methodist Church in Westerville, OH. He was active in youth baseball leagues and Boy Scouts in Westerville, OH. Tom had a warm smile, he never met a stranger, and he always was willing to listen and help others. He was dearly loved by his family and scores of relatives and friends. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 50 years, their oldest child, Laurel Ann Haffner Miller, a brother, Mike Haffner and sister, Suzanne Joyce.

He is survived by sons Jay Haffner (Christie) and John Haffner Layden (Michael Avrut), grandchildren David and Daniel Miller and Katherine Rose and Burke Bodden Haffner, a sister, Cynthia Hinesley and brother, Stephen Haffner (Dee).

A celebration of Toms life will be held at Church of the Messiah in Westerville, OH at a later date with a private interment at Blendon Central Cemetery.

The Haffner family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to the caregivers and staff of Friendship Village of Columbus and Capital City Hospice for the outstanding care they provided our Dad.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and the National Park Foundation.


Jack & Bonnie Evans

Sep 6, 2020

We just learn of Tom's passing this evening. We are very sad to hear this as we cared so much for Tom and your family. We always enjoyed working with Tom throughout the years. He was a fine gentleman.