Richard William "Rick" Hafer, 21, of Seward, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, in Mosul, Iraq, while honorably serving his country. He was born Aug. 13, 1982, in Latrobe, a son of Richard G. Hafer and Kimberly Hafer. Rick was serving his country as a private first class in the U.S. Army Co. C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He was a 2001 graduate of Laurel Valley High School, where he excelled at playing football and wrestling. He is survived by his father, Richard G. Hafer and wife, Angie, of Seward, and his mother, Kimberly Hafer, of Saltsburg; a brother, Nicholas Hafer, of Seward; two sisters, Holly Hafer and Heather Hafer, both of Charleston, W.Va.; paternal grandmother, Ellen Cameron and husband, Joseph, of Blairsville; maternal grandmother, Sandy Harshberger, of Blairsville; maternal grandfather, Richard Brigaman, of Ohio; two half sisters, Tiffany Campbell and Samantha Oswald; five half brothers, Dominic Brigaman, Curtis Drylie, Adam Drylie, Shane Oswald and Jared Murdock; and aunts and uncles, Wendy and Dave Houser, of Blairsville, Melissa Gump, of Indiana, Pa., William and Denise Hafer, of Blairsville, and Deneen and Rick Harshberger, of Blairsville. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, William Richard Hafer, in 1981. Friends will be received at the JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 25 W. Market St., Blairsville, Sunday and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held in First United Methodist Church, Blairsville, Tuesday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Fred W. Craig officiating. Interment will be in Blairsville Cemetery with full military honors. The family requests that memorial donations be made to #70 Rick Hafer Football Scholarship Fund, c/o Laurel Valley High School, 114 Education Lane, New Florence, PA 15944.
Published by Tribune Review on Nov. 21, 2003.