Lamar L. Haffner
NORTH SMITHFIELD- HAFFNER LAMAR L. 84, of North Smithfield, Rhode Island (formerly of Mohegan, Rhode Island) passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2014 peacefully at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, surrounded by his loving family.
Born September 4, 1929 in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, he was the son of the late Glenn and Bernice (Frueh) Haffner. He was the twin brother of LaVern Haffner of Fort Madison, Iowa.
Besides his twin brother, LaMar is survived by his loving wife Dorothy (Courtemanche), his son David Paul, his daughter, Elizabeth Ann (Haffner) Cutone and her husband Robert Cutone of New Hamphire. LaMar was preceded in death by his son Peter Glenn. LaMar was a devoted grandfather of Joshua, Nicholas, Benjamin, Madeline and Isaac Haffner of Rhode Island, Michael Cutone of New Hampshire and Huston Angus Haffner of California.
In 1951 LaMar enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Des Moines, Iowa and was sent overseas to Korea where he served aboard the USS Newport (FF-27) and the USS Spangler (DE-696). He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and United Nations Service Medal. He married his beloved wife Dorothy on August 7, 1954 in San Diego, California. After his discharge from the U.S. Navy, LaMar and Dorothy moved to Iowa. In 1956 they moved to Rhode Island. LaMar was a proud lifelong member of the International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers. In addition to his union membership, LaMar was a member of the Bernard DesJarlais VFW Post and the Nasonville Volunteer Fire Department. He volunteered with Boy Scouts of America Nasonville, Rhode Island, Troop 88, St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church and the Shrine of the Little Flower of St. Theresa, Nasonville, Rhode Island. LaMar spent countless hours and was instrumental in renovating the Shrine.
LaMar could grow anything. His tomatoes were renowned throughout Northern Rhode Island and friends and neighbors looked forward to summers knowing LaMar would be bringing fresh vegetables to all.
LaMar was an artist. His masonry, stone, brick and tile work were second to none. LaMar gladly spent his "free" time helping friends, relatives and neighbors building walkways, stairs, fireplaces, chimneys and the like.
Most memorable, perhaps was LaMar's character. He was a man whose strong convictions were equally matched by his charm, intelligence and dry sense of humor. LaMar was a rare individual, who was loved by all who met him, young and old, and who left an indelible impression on all he met.
His funeral will be held Friday at 10AM from the Keene-Brown Funeral Home 445 Greenville Road, North Smithfield, Rhode Island with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated Friday at 11:00 am at St. Theresa Church, 35 Dion Drive, Harrisville, Rhode Island. Burial with military honors will be in the St. Theresa's Cemetery, Nasonville. Calling hours: Thursday from 4-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in LaMar's memory to the woundedwarriorproject.org or Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904.