Cletus J. Heffern, 86, of Mason City, died Saturday, November 6, 2010, at the Nora Springs Care Center. A Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 AM Thursday, November 11, 2010, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 714 N. Adams with Rev. Kenneth Gehling officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Wednesday (November 10, 2010) at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania. A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 7:00 PM followed by a Scriptural Wake Service at 7:30 PM at the funeral home. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Cletus J. Heffern Memorial Fund in care of the family. Cletus was born February 16, 1924, in LaCrosse, WI, the son of John C. and Anna (Kelley) Heffern. He graduated from Waterville School. Cletus served as a Private in the U.S. Army. He married Betty Brelsford on June 18, 1949 in Perry, IA. They lived in Union, IA for 12 years before moving to Mason City in 1962. He operated the locker while in Union. Cletus worked as a Livestock Dealer for Hygrade, Dubuque Packing Company, and Central Livestock Association. He semi-retired and continued working for Central for several years. At the time of his death he was involved with C & S Cattle Company with special friends Steve and Vicki Johnson of Osage. Cletus was a true cattleman's gentleman. He was devoted to the cattle industry and his passion for it kept him going. Through the wonderful people in the industry, he met business associates who became lifelong friends. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus (for 60 years), and the Elks Lodge. Cletus was a public relations man from way back and acquired many friends with his gift. He had a generous spirit and loved to be on the go. Cletus enjoyed watching his grandchildrens sporting events, traveling with his wife, on family vacations and with his siblings, and spending the winter months in Arizona. His two daughters were his biggest hobby and we will truly miss his wisdom and guidance. Cletus is survived by two daughters: Susan (Shawn) Weydert of Mason City and Jane Goodwin of New Hampton, IA; three granddaughters: Melissa of St. Louis, MO, Danielle, and Michala Goodwin of New Hampton; one grandson: Jamison Weydert of Mason City; one sister: Donna Curtin of Cedar Rapids, IA; one brother: Robert Heffern of Waukon, IA; sister-in-law: Joan Heffern of Cedar Rapids. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 60 years Betty in 2009; son: James Cletus Heffern in infancy; one brother: Don Heffern.
Memorials may be given to the Cletus J. Heffern Memorial Fund in care of the family
Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery
Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Wednesday (November 10, 2010) at Major Erickson Funeral Home. A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 7:00 PM followed by a Scriptural Wake Service at 7:30 PM at the funeral home.
Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 AM Thursday, November 11, 2010, at Holy Family Catholic Church