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James T. Haffenden D.O.


Passed away March 31, 2014, at Friendship Village in Kalamazoo.  Dr. Haffenden was born April 26, 1926 in  Marshall, the son of Fay and Dorothy (Tidd) Haffenden.  He was a graduate of Battle Creek Central High School , Western Michigan University and  the Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Doctor served his internship at Grand Rapids Metropolitian Hospital and practiced medicine in Battle Creek from 1953 to 1996.  He was certified  in the area of family practice.  Dr. Haffenden has chaired the Legislative Committee of the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce and was on the board and chair of public relations for Visiting Nurse services, and has served on the board of Life-Care Ambulance Service.  He was on the executive committee for Community Hospital and the terms and ethics committee for Battle Creek Health System.  In 1959, Dr. Hafffenden received a "George Award" for his initiative in creating the medical examiner system in Calhoun County, where he was  the Calhoun County Medical Examiner from 1957 to 1963.  Dr. Haffeneden has always been very active in the professional medical community as a member of the Michigan Osteopathic Association and the American Osteopathic Association.  He was also a member of the Battle Creek Antique Car Club and the Audubon Society.  He enjoyed water sports, snowmobiling, wild life and birds.

Doctor Haffenden is survived by his children: James (Terrie) Haffenden, Richard (Sue) Haffenden, Julie (Ken Bennett) Naji, and John Haffenden, his former wife: Joan (Aalbregtse) Haffenden, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and wives: Lois Haffenden and Margaret Haffenden.

Dr. Haffenden's family will receive friends, Thursday, 5:00-8:00 PM at the Williams-Gores Funeral Home, Delton, where Dr.  Haffenden's  memorial service will be conducted  Friday, April 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM, Pastor Brian Bunch officiating.  Burial will take place in Cressey Cemetery. Memorial contributions to a will be appreciated. Please visit to leave a condolence message for Dr. Haffenden's family.

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Apr. 2, 2014
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