Frank was born on March 4, 1929, in Chicago, to August and Theresa Haefner. Frank was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. He retired after 40 years with Rockwell International (Blood Brothers) in Allegan.
While he loved his time at Rockwell, his true passion was farming. Even in his final years, you could find Frank on a tractor or discussing farming with his grandkids and neighbors, the Coffees. He also enjoyed time spent watching and discussing sports with his grandkids.
He enjoyed dinner and plays with his friend, Loretta, as well as, discussing politics and community events with his “Thursday Morning Coffee Buddies.”
He is survived by his four daughters, Bronwen (William) Grody, Lorie (Jerry) Williams, Annette (Tom) Stein, and Michelle (Melvin) VanKlompenberg; Fifteen grandchildren, Rebecca (Jeremy) Davis, Lisa (Michael) Langlois, Jeremy (Kaitlyn) VanKlompenberg, Luke (Kate) Williams, Tony (Audrey) Miller, Martin (Abbie) Van Klompenberg, Kirk (Anne) Williams, Monica (Martin Villarreal) VanKlompenberg, Kelsey (Josiah) Hooker, Amber VanKlompenberg, Kevin Stein, Lydia (Chase) Washburn, Ben Stein, Katie (Cody Brainard) Stein, and April VanKlompenberg; sixteen great grandchildren; his sister, Augusta Brokus; in-laws, Tim (Arlene) Jorgensen, Elaine (Ray) Sigler, Phyllis Jorgensen; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Frank was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Grace (Jorgensen) Haefner; children Natalie Ruth and Frank Joseph Jr.; two grandchildren, Chase and Nichole VanKlompenberg; his sister, Angela Butzin; and in-laws, Andrew Jorgensen, George Jorgensen, Julie and Jim McGlynn, and Stanley Brokus.
Friends may meet with the family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, at Gorden Funeral Residence, Allegan Chapel, where the Rosary will be recited at 3:30. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Interment at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Stanislaus Catholic School (1861 136th Ave., Dorr, MI 49323).