Ronald "Whitey" Hafner

Born: Mon., Jan. 31, 1938
Died: Fri., Apr. 4, 2014


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Apr. 06, 2014
2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Apr. 07, 2014
Location: W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., Apr. 08, 2014
Location: W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home

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Ronald Raymond “Whitey” Hafner, age 76, passed away Friday April 4, 2014 at Parkcliffe Community due to complications from a stroke. Ronald was born January 31, 1938 in Toledo, the son of Raymond and Irene (Supinski) Hafner.  Ron was a graduate of Macomber High School and was an electrician for 20 years with Romanoff Electric Co. and Local 8. Whitey’s life revolved around sports. He played minor league baseball from 1958-1964 with clubs affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals. He was a scout for the White Sox in 1963 and from 1990-2010 for the Seattle Mariners. He was a basketball referee at the high school and college level from 1955-1985. Whitey taught classes and certified referees for basketball from 1986-1999. He was the head of the rules committee for the OSHAA and in 2000 was inducted into the Northwest Ohio District Basketball Officials Hall of Fame. Whitey was a member of the Marine Corps Reserve.
He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his aunt Helen Stryz; cousins Carol (Mitch) Mosbacher, Janice Stryz, Gary (Leita) Stryz, Tom (Teri) Janicki, Jim Janicki, Malcolm (Dolores) Johnson, David (Carol) Johnson, Judy (Robert) Webert, Sharon Sturt and many other extended family and numerous friends.  
   Family and friends may visit Sunday from 4-8 p.m. and Monday from 2-8 p.m. at the W. K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home, 3838 Airport Hwy. where funeral services will be held Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. The family prefers tributes be made to Promedica Hospice. Ronald’s family expresses heartfelt thanks to the staff at Parkcliffe Community for all their caring and compassionate care. It was truly appreciated.  

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Dale Gray
   Posted Sat April 05, 2014
Dear Family and Friends,
I am out of state and unable to attend the service on Tuesday. I will be there in spirit with great memories of Whitey. Know that he was the best baseball catcher I ever pitched to and one of my very best friends. I'll always remember him and his love for sports and his family.

Leita Baker
   Posted Sat April 05, 2014
My sincere condolences. He was always fun to be around. My boys enjoyed his company. He loved to laugh and will be missed.

Bob Meyer
   Posted Sun April 06, 2014
Ron and I had many fun times on the baseball field as young men in the late 1950s. He had a genuine love and passion for the game. We also enjoyed many meals together and it was a real pleasure to listen to Ron's distinct thoughts and observations on and about life. I feel my life has been enriched because of our interaction.

Brion Haley
   Posted Sun April 06, 2014
Goodbye Whitey! I was just retelling my story about you last week. A story I've told so many times to so many. You made a big impression on an 11 year old kid who was your paperboy 45 years ago. I've never forgotten you, and never will. I will tell our story many more times in the years to come. You certainly were a unique man, one of a kind. Someone to admire and emulate. Thank you for all the wonderful memories! I will redouble my efforts to pay it forward, in tribute to you.

James P. Hohman
   Posted Mon April 07, 2014
To Whieys family you have my sympathy. Whitey sat behind me at the
new Mud Hens ballpark, and we always visited at the old ball park. I
surely missed him this him this last year at the ballpark.


James P. Hohman

Phyllis (Brantl)Johnson
   Posted Mon April 07, 2014
Accept our deepest condolences to all of the Hafner Family from the Brantl Family.

From one family to another, it's hard to lose a family member. Whitey was a very close and dear friend to my brother, Jack, whom we lost last August. Both being baseball fans, and just good old friends, and he was the Godfather to my niece Jodi. Whitey would join us on those last minute get togethers, when Jack and his wife Joan would be in Toledo for a visit.

God bless you, Whitey - you will be missed.

Joan, Jodi & Gale, Larry & KC Brantl and Bob & Phyllis (Brantl) Johnson

Linda Radabaugh Gordon
   Posted Mon April 07, 2014
Whitey was a favorite son and friend in our household for many years. Whitey and my father Ralph Radabaugh were very close through baseball and referring. Whitey called my mother so often over the years bringing welcome news. Juanita is 97 now and is so sorry she is unable to travel for Whitey's funeral. We are all in California now sending our prayers and thoughts for someone we have cared about for a long time. God Bless, Whitey.
Love from the Radabaughs: Juanita, Linda, Sue and Brad

Jerry & Betty Kotula
   Posted Tue April 08, 2014
Our heartfelt sympathy to your family. Sorry we will be unable to attend due to health concerns. You will be in our thoughts & prayers ~Jerry & Betty

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