Dec 23

Tombstone Tuesday–Herbert Heffner

Herbert Heffner, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Herbert Heffner, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Herbert Heffner, located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Feb. 26, 1894
Aug. 13, 1908

Walter Herbert Heffner was born in the family home in Black Creek Township, Mercer County, Ohio, on 26 February 1894 to Fredrick and Anna (Merkle) Heffner. He was baptized 11 March 1894, with his parents as his sponsors. [1] [2]

He would have been confirmed at Zion in 1909, but an accident took his life a year earlier.

Herbert died 13 August 1908, at the age of 14 years, 5 months and 18 days. He was buried on the 16th. He was survived by his parents and seven siblings.


[1] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 21 December 2014), Walter H. Heffner, 26 February 1894; citing Births, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, Vol. 3, p.85, reference Roll 1 P85 R4, from FHL microfilm 914953.

[2] Birth and baptisms, Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio.


  1. Doug Roebuck

    The story I heard about Herbert was he had appendicitis and had to be operated on the kitchen table at home. I have a family picture of where all of his brothers and sisters are in the picture but someone (Photoshopped) his picture into the back row. He would have been my grandmother’s brother.

    1. Karen

      Thanks for that information. I could not locate his death certificate in Mercer County and the church record is very difficult to read. It was written in German. I plan to look for an obituary the next time I get to Van Wert. I may even look at Geneva since that paper sometimes had Chattanooga items. Thanks for writing!

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