Heffner, Charles H. 1954-1976

Obituary – Charles H. Heffner
July 24, 1976

Rites Set For River Victim

Services will be held Monday for an unemployed pottery worker who apparently drowned in the Ohio River near the Newell Bridge earlier this week.

The body of Charles L. Heffner, 21, of 407 Almont St. was removed from the river about 9 p.m. Friday by Newell Volunteer firemen.

Dr. George Naymick, Hancock County Coroner, said the preliminary cause of death was drowning, adding the Sheriff’s department was continuing an investigation.

Hancock law officers and East Liverpool police investigated a report of a man falling or jumping from the Newell Bridge Wednesday about 5 p.m.

A toll collector at the bridge notified city officers a youth ran from the outer part of the span and said “My buddy just jumped off the bridge.”

A search of the area and further questioning of the youth yielded no results, officers said.

The family indicated Mr. Heffner had not been home since about 4:40 p.m. Wednesday.

The body was seen by a motorboat operator some 500 feet south of the bridge about 100 feet from the Ohio shore.

A life-long resident, Mr. Heffner was born here Nov. 10, 1954, a son of Robert Heffner and Bertha Ryan Heffner of East Liverpool.

He attended city schools here and the Glendale Church of Nazarene in Newell.

In addition to his parents, survivors include his widow, Mrs. Peggy Carman Heffner, and a son, Charles L Heffner, Jr., both of East Liverpool; five brothers, Pvt. George Heffner of Ft. Knox, Ky., and Everett Heffner, Robert L. Heffner Jr., Paul Heffner and Joey Heffner of East Liverpool; three sisters, Mrs. John (Mary) Gilliland and Mrs. Edward, (Linda) Ray of East Liverpool and Mrs. Dona Heath of Wellsville.

Services will be conducted Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Arner Funeral Chapel in Chester by the Rev. Glen Curtis. Burial will be in Shadow Lawn Memory Gardens in Newell.