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William “Bill” Clyde Haffner
  • April 20, 1946
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  • June 25, 2020

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William “Bill” Clyde Haffner (74), of Ormond Beach, Florida, passed away with his loving wife at his side, on Thursday, June 25, 2020, after his decade long battle with cancer.  Bill was born on April 20, 1946 in San Antonio, Texas, to William and Gwendolyn Haffner.

Bill was a lover of all instruments and music; during high school he became an active member of the Bethesda Drum and Bugle Corps and marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Orange Bowl and the Philadelphia Mummers Day Parade.  After high school Bill began his 50-year career in the automotive industry as an autobody painter. He was a die-hard worker; never a man perceived as lazy. Whatever Bill focused on, whether work, sport or hobbies, he excelled. He drag-raced cars at Capitol Raceways in his twenties, tried out for US Olympic archery team in 1972, and bowled competitively in his later years. He was an excellent bowler and traveled to Las Vegas where he earned a 298-series ring and a 300-series ring.  In his spare time Bill enjoyed golf (both playing and watching), boating and woodworking.

Bill is survived by his wife of 50 years, Paula Darlene Haffner, son William Paul Haffner and his daughter Lauren; daughter Jennifer Haffner Thomas and her husband Jerimy and sons Cooper and Parker. Bill is also survived by his brother Richard “Dickie” Haffner and son Jake; sisters-in-laws Terri Thomas and her children Tony and Tammy; Kimberly de Witte and her husband Erik and children Thea and Annika, along with Vickie Mowinski and husband Jim. Bill is predeceased by his parents William and Gwendolyn Haffner and his maternal aunts Miriam and Gladys Johnson.

Services for Bill are pending, due to COVID-19 restrictions.


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  1. 29 Aug 2020
    Kim (Young) de Witte says:
    Bill was part of my life from as long as I can remember. He married my sister when I was just 3 years old and treated me like a little sister (even when I was an annoying toddler or frustrating teenager). Bill could build, fix or paint pretty much anything and he loved 'the fast lane', whether cars, motorcycles or boats. He stood with his wife Darlene through thick and thin for over 50 years and together they raised two beautiful children and a host of cats and dogs. I will remember Bill's smile and how it lit up his whole face.

    Lots of love to Darlene, Jennifer and Paul and their families during this trying time.

  2. 30 Jul 2020
    Jennifer Thomas says:
    Dad - you were full of determination, all the way to the bitter end. I am so thankful for the drive and determination you possessed, which you instilled in me.

    I remember the last weekend I was able to spend with you, how determined you were to try to move, to try to participate with me & the boys while we were there. That was 6 days before you passed.
    Thank you for letting me help you along the way during that hard time. I miss you, and wish I could make you smile & laugh just a few more times.

    Love always ~ Jennifer

  3. 30 Jul 2020
    Adrene lit a candle:
    Lit since July 30, 2020 at 7:47:37 AM

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