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Henry Calvin Hafliger


1933 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Henry Calvin Hafliger Obituary
HENRY CALVIN HAFLIGER was born February 11, 1933, in Mt. Signal, California. He passed away on April 6, 2016 in Hemet, California. Henry was baptized into Christ on March 12 1933 and was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. The youngest of 6 children born to John and Emily Hafliger, immigrants from Reitnau, Switzerland, Henry spent his early years on dairy farms in the Imperial Valley of California. While a youth his family moved to the Los Angeles area. They were active in the area Swiss Club where Henry was a champion Swiss wrestler. Henry met his future wife, Dorothy Schrieber, while in the eighth grade in Norwalk, California. They reconnected as juniors and graduated together from Excelsior High School in 1951. Henry attended Cal Poly, Pomona for a short time, returning home to work on the family dairy. Henry and Dorothy married April 20, 1952, and welcomed six children to their family. Dairying in various locations until the purchase of their first property in Dairy Valley, now known as Cerritos, California, they moved their family to San Jacinto in March 1966, and became active members of St. John's Lutheran Church (later charter members of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church then members at Grace Lutheran Church in Banning), the San Jacinto School District and community. Henry lived a life of faith and worked hard at everything he did. While raising a family on the dairy he rarely took a day off; extended family came to the dairy for get-togethers where Dorothy would cook huge meals for everyone and Henry could come in from work to take his place at the head of the table. He worked long hours to be able to be active in local schools, 4-H, FFA and was able to work around his children's sporting and school functions. Later, with the help of his sons working on the dairy, Henry and Dorothy were able to visit relatives in Switzerland and tour Europe, Africa, China, and even took up flying their own plane. More recently, they would take long car trips zigzagging across the U.S. to visit their children and grandchildren. In his spare time Henry lovingly restored San Jacinto's first fire engine and later a 1934 Ford- the same model who his parents, with their 6 children, drove in 1935 from Imperial Valley to the east coast and took aboard the ship on a long visit to Switzerland. He loved creating welding works of art in his shop. Henry was elected to the San Jacinto School Board in 1971 and served for 17 years. He was Chairman of the Board for Valley Merchants Bank from 1989 to 2000 and could competently preside over a meeting as well as do building maintenance. He was elected to the San Jacinto City Council in 1990 and served as Mayor in 1991 and 1993. Henry was a long-time active member of the San Jacinto Rotary Club. He was a true neighbor to all; he would help anyone. He took such pride in the San Jacinto Valley. He was honored that Hafliger Park in San Jacinto was so named for his contribution to the city. Henry was preceded in death by his parents John and Emily (Hochuli) Hafliger; brother John Hafliger; sister Veronica Cunningham; son Michael Hafliger; and granddaughter Lindsay Tuls Van Dyk. Henry is survived by his wife of 64 years Dorothy; sons Henry Jr. (Toni), John (Ann), Mark (Shirley); and daughters Robin (Colin) Pay and Lisa Speelman, along with 26 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren; brother Fred (Phyllis); sisters Florence Batchelor and Madelyn (Bob) Soule and many nieces, nephews and friends. A Visitation will be held Monday, April 11, 2016 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Hemet Valley Mortuary located at 403 N. San Jacinto St., Hemet, California 92543. Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 10:00am at St. John's Lutheran Ministries located at 26410 Columbia St., Hemet, CA 92544 followed by interment at San Jacinto Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: Concordia Seminary, csl.edu, 801 Seminary Place, St. Louis, MO 63105 or Rotary Club of San Jacinto, sanjacintorotary.org P.O. Box 1691, San Jacinto, CA 92581.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Apr. 10, 2016
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