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David Haferd

David E. Haferd, 91, of rural Carey, died Feb. 18, 2019, at Wyandot Memorial Hospital’s emergency room in Upper Sandusky following a short illness.  He was born Aug. 12, 1927, on the farm in Tymochtee Township, Wyandot County, where he farmed and lived his whole life. He was the fifth of six children of Ralph S. and Bertha M. (Rall) Haferd.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann (Downes) Haferd, whom he married on Aug. 25, 1973, sister, Jane Laube of Findlay, sisters-in-law, Marialyce Haferd of Galion, and Catherine Howells of Sarasota, Fla., 18 nephews and nieces and many great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Margaret, Angela and Mary Elizabeth (Creagh); and brother, Franklin Haferd.
He graduated from Carey High School in 1945 and served in the U.S. Army in Germany in the mid 1950s. He farmed with his father until Ralph Haferd’s death in 1962 and took over the farm himself from then until his retirement. Among his favorite farm dogs were Sparky and Skipper.
He still mowed the back pasture with his Massey Ferguson tractor as recently as last fall. His friends knew him as a man who was as dependable as the passage of the seasons, with a wit that delighted in gentle mimicry and a temperament as regular as his rows of corn and beans.
A member of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Parish, Carey, he sang tenor voice in the choir there for many years.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 3-7 p.m. at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay Street, Carey. Scripture service will be at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. A mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Consolation with the Rev. Tom Merrill, OFM Conv., officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery in Carey.
Memorial contributions may be made to OLC Church or donor’s choice and sent to Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay Street, Carey, OH 43316.


  1. Tim S Henslee on March 15, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    I just knew him from what Gene Logsdon( his cousin) wrote about him but wished I could have met him and seen his farm.He was the last of a great generation of farmers in this country. May he RIP.

    • Laura Haferd on October 6, 2019 at 9:28 pm

      Thank you, Mr. Henslee, for your kind words. Uncle Dave was a wonderful, quiet man, and he did know and love that farm, as Gene wrote, in every clod of dirt, or rivulet of stream, all his life.

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