Warren “Shorty” Hefel

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Warren “Shorty” Hefel, 63, of North Buena Vista passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at MercyOne Hospital in Dubuque.

Visitation was Sunday, May 15, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross and Monday before services at the church hall.

Funeral services were Monday, May 16, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, North Buena Vista, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries and Deacon Jim Pfaffly.

Burial in the church cemetery.

Warren was born on Sept. 7, 1958, the son of Milton “Mickey” and Joan (Riniker) Hefel. Shorty graduated from Guttenberg High School in 1976. He married Shari Ellerbach at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on May 16, 1992. Shorty worked at Ertl’s and also drove a dump truck for several years. He was lastly employed at FedEx before his retirement. He was an avid Minnesota Vikings and Chicago CUBS fan. Shorty loved the outdoors; some of his favorite things were fishing on the Mississippi River, going for boat rides, making his homemade sausage, and riding his 4-wheeler. Shorty was an organ and tissue donor and because of his generosity, other individuals may have restored health. 

Survivors include his wife, Shari; two sons, Mickey Hefel of North Buena Vista, Derek Hefel of Urbandale; mother, Joan Hefel of North Buena Vista; siblings, Eileen (Alfonse) McDermott, Epworth, Milo (Judy) Hefel, Sherrill, Bruce (special friend, Sandy) Hefel, Deerfield, Wis., Pam (Jerry) Ben, Sherrill, Carmen (Gordy) Glawe, Holy Cross, Wanda (Marty) Wessels, Farley, Randy (Shelley) Hefel, Milton, Wis.; in-laws, Janet (John) Knabel, Joan (Rich) Hoffmann, both of Dubuque, and Joe (Amy) Ellerbach of Waukee.

He was preceded in death by his dad; parents-in-law, William “Bill” and Gladys Ellerbach; brothers, Douglas and Darrell Hefel.

The family would like to thank the HCNBV Emergency responders for their efforts and care extended to Shorty and his family. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross is assisting the family and information is available at www.kramerfuneral.com.

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