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Michael L. Hefner
July 30, 1942 ~ January 27, 2024 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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Michael L. Hefner, 81, of Upper Arlington, Ohio, passed away on January 27, 2024. He was born in Lima, Ohio to the late Vernie and Margret Jett. Mike, as he was known by his loved ones, was a very kind, gentle, polite, professional and a generous man. He had a great sense of humor and could be quite sarcastic at times. He was a devoted fan of The Ohio State football and basketball teams, holding season tickets to both. Rarely did he miss a game, attending faithfully until his health declined. In his early years, Mike received his education and graduated from Lima Memorial High School. He furthered his education by obtaining a Bachelor’s at Bluffton University where he was a star basketball athlete. He then went on to receive a Masters at Central Michigan University. Prior to college, Mike proudly served as Sergeant in the US Army as a Communications Specialist during the Vietnam War. He was the recipient of several awards including the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. His favorite deployment was in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he cherished the time spent serving his country. He spent his career as a social worker helping kids at the Ohio Department of Youth Services. He was a great mentor to many that accepted his support. Basketball was one of Mike's greatest passions, and he excelled at the sport. Even in his 50s, he played on five different leagues, showcasing his talent on the court. Additionally, he was an avid reader, always immersing himself in the latest news from his many publications. Mike is survived by his loving daughter, Amy MacMullen, her husband Jim, and his two cherished grandchildren, Rodney and Abbey MacMullen. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Patricia Ann Hefner. A ceremony to honor Mike’s life will be held at EGAN-RYAN FUNERAL HOME NORTHWEST CHAPEL 4661 Kenny Rd, Columbus, OH 43220 on Saturday February 10 at 3:00 pm where friends may call from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that contributions be made to The Parkinson’s Foundation in memory of Mike Hefner. Donations can be made online at https// www.parkinson.org/ . Please join us in remembering and celebrating the life of Michael Hefner. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.