Frederick William "Fritz" Hefty (1932 - 2016)

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Fredrick "Fritz" William Hefty, 84, passed away on Dec. 23, 2016, at his home surrounded by his children.
He was born on Aug. 17, 1932, in Vancouver, Wash., to Frederick "Harry" and Adrianne (Nash) Hefty.
Fritz grew up in the Puget Sound (Washington) area. After high school graduation he joined the Marine Corps in 1951 and served for 24 years.
He served in the Korean and Vietnam wars as an electrician. He retired from the Marines in 1975, achieving the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and receiving medals for both wars, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Cross of Gallantry, along with multiple ribbons.
Fritz married Anita June Ericson in 1965 in Dagus Mines, Pa. After retiring from the Marines, they settled in Falls Creek, Pa., where both volunteered for the Falls Creek Ambulance Service. They were happily married for 29 years until her death in 1993. After which he returned to his family home in Home, Wash., where he enjoyed reading and completing crossword and sudoku puzzles.
Fritz is survived by his children, Karen (Dr. Andrew Nigra III) of Freeport, Pa.; Janice (David Rhodes) of Simpsonville, S.C.; and Kenneth Hefty of Home, Wash.; grandchildren: Jonathan Nigra, Andrew Nigra IV, Kimberly Rhodes, Carissa Rhodes, Anita Rene Rhodes, Matthew Rhodes, and Abigail Rhodes; and nieces and nephews, and other relatives.
In lieu of a memorial service, Fritz requested his family and friends "raise a pint" in his honor.
Published in The Courier Express on Jan. 3, 2017
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