Duane Richard Haffner

Posted: Monday, February 28, 2011

Duane Richard Haffner died Feb. 23, 2011, at the Sitka Pioneer Home.

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Haffner was born July 16, 1923, in Saskatchewan. He served in the U.S. Army from March 1943 until February 1946, then he worked many jobs in and around Juneau and the state of Alaska. He retired as a mechanic foreman from Alaska Electric Light & Power in October 1985, and set up Haffner’s Sharp All Shop where he kept everyone happy with sharp tools, knives and whatever else needed to be sharpened, “everything except their wits” his family wrote he used to say.

He was preceded in death by his parents Andrew Herman and Eunice Blanch Haffner; former wife Gene Haffner; daughter Cathy Hildre; sisters Vernice Kirchhoffer, Irene Farwell, and Florence Floreski; and brother Edward Kenneth Haffner.

He is survived by his wife B. Jewel Haffner of Juneau; son Richard D. (Misty) Haffner of Juneau; brothers Herman “Mick” (Marge), Robert A. “Swede” (Judy) and Benjamin Omar “Ben” Haffner, all of Juneau; son-in-law Peter Hildre of Juneau; grandchildren Fathom (George) Whiteley of Juneau, Coral and Brenyer Haffner of Juneau, Timothy and Tiffany Hildre of Juneau and Tracie (Jeff) Devere of Olympia, Wash.; and great-grandchildren Tristan and Jamie Devere of Olympia.

Services are scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church on Twin Lakes, 4625 Glacier Highway.

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