Edward Thomas Haeflinger, 92, passed on at 6:20 a.m., Sunday, April 8, 2018 at Winn Prairie Assisted Living in Freeport, Illinois.
Married, for more than 70 years, to Clara Elizabeth Kujawa in Chicago, on June 7, 1947.
Predeceased by his parents and his brothers, William (Marie) Haeflinger and James (Liz) Haeflinger.
Survivors include his sister, Peggy (Stan) Skalski; sons, Paul (April) Haeflinger, Richard (Susan) Haeflinger and Brian (Kelly) Haeflinger; and daughters, Christine (Mike) Beuthin and Nancy (Pepper) Burruss; grandchildren, Randall, Desirae, Katelynn, Amanda, Jon, Diann, Shane, Christina, Daniel, Alexa, Katlyn and Erin; and great-grandchild, Adaline.
Edward served in the United States Army as an airplane mechanic toward the close of WWII. He was very proud to participate in a South Alabama Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in 2012.
In Foley, Edward and Clara enjoyed the company of their friends, especially Wayne and Rita Verry, his walking buddie, Rusty and Gary, and close friend Betty Arthurs, the view from their home on Wolf Bay and the vibrant family energies of the Gulf Shores area.
Edward designed his Foley home and built much of it himself. He was a jack-of-all-trades, was a wealth of fix-it information, performed many of his own repairs, including rebuilding his own boat dock and replacing shingles on his own roof when in his 80s.
Edward's last two months were spent at Winn Prairie Assisted Living, where he enjoyed the company of their staff and his fellow residents.
Visitation is at 4-8 p.m. on Friday, April 13 at Burke Tubbs Funeral Home, 504 N. Walnut, Freeport, IL.
On Saturday, April 14, visitation is at 10 a.m. and mass at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1400 Kiwanis Dr., Freeport, IL 61032.
In lieu of flowers, Clara asks you to please make donations in memory of Edward Haeflinger to St Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, 601 W Laurel Ave., Foley, AL 36535, or to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.
Edward will be buried at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Cemetery.
Please sign Edward's guestbook and share a memory at www.burketubbs.com.