Felix E. Heflin, Jr.
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Felix E. Heflin, Jr. passed away peacefully at his home at Leisure World, Seal Beach on July 29. He was 93. Upon graduating from Excelsior H. S. in Norwalk, Felix enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving as a corpsman during WWII. Among his many harrowing experiences during the war was the sinking of his ship, and serving along side the Marines in the taking of Iwo Jima. Following the war, Felix began his career in health care, first in San Diego and then as manager of a medical group in Bellflower. He went on to found Woodruff Gables Hospital with a group of partners in 1959. He served as administrator until the hospital was sold in 1982. Felix was very involved in community affairs. He was a generous philanthropist, supporting civic, religious, and military causes locally and internationally. He was a past president of Bellflower Rotary where he remained active until he was confined to his home. He was named by Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow. Felix also served as a board member of the Bellflower Chamber of Commerce, Cerritos College Member and Chairman of the Business and Professional Committee and Foundation Board, and both as a Member of Hospital Council of Southern California and the California Hospital Association. Even in retirement, he continued to be active in Rotary, to serve his local church, the Los Altos United Church of Christ and to serve on the board of Long Beach Community Hospital. Felix was preceded in death by Beth, his beloved wife of 60 years, and his daughter, Catherine Elizabeth. He is survived by two daughters, Nancy Itoh (Kazuhiro) and Peggy Heflin; 6 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. A private service was held August 3 at Long Beach Sunnyside Mausoleum, Forest Lawn. Friends are invited to sign the guest book at www.whitesmortuary.com. Contributions in memory of Felix may be made to one of his favorite causes, the Rotary Foundation. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Aug. 7, 2012