Dale Arnold Hafeman, 81
Arnold Hafeman, 81, lifelong resident of West Bend, passed away early on
Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa. He was the
only son of Arthur and Frances (nee kowski) Hafeman.
Born in 1929, Dale attended West Bend High School, but at the end of his
junior year, his education was interrupted when he enlisted in the United
States Army Air Corps. For his service during World War II, he was awarded
the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal Japan.
After fulfilling his three year tour of duty, he completed his high school
degree. He then went on to attend Marquette University, graduating in 1954
from the school of business.
Dale met his wife Barbara Warhanek on Silver Lake, where they would
eventually reside for many years, marrying on Jan. 28, 1956. They have
seven children: Mary Hafeman, Michael (Kim) Hafeman, Jayne (Robert)
Peplinski, Thomas (Katrina) Hafeman, Sara Struebing-Hafeman, Jennifer
Hafeman and John (Stacy) Hafeman.
During his early years, Dale worked at various jobs, including caddy at
the West Bend Country Club and general errand boy for the West Bend News.
He worked part-time at the West Bend Company, moving into fulltime
employment as a salesman in the spring of 1950. He later transferred to
the finance department, becoming manager of the Installment Finance
Division. In 1972, he was promoted to the International Sales Manager for
Lifetime and Private Label Accounts and Director of Governmental Affairs.
In 1977, he took over the position of General Sales Manager of Specialty
Steel. After 38 years of loyal service, Dale retired in 1992.
Inspired by a need in the field of direct sales and because of his
experience with installment financing, Dale, upon the urging is his son,
Michael, agreed to embark on the establishment of a new finance company.
As a result, in 1982 the Time Investment Company was born in the basement
of the family homestead and continues to thrive and grow. Today, TIC has
35 employees and is located in the historic West Bend City Hall.
Dale was involved in community activities/organizations, such as the
United Fund, serving as chairman in 1967; Junior Achievement; the Kettle
Moraine YMCA, where he participated in the original fundraising efforts
and formation of the Indian Guides Program; a founder and long term board
member of the Silver Lake Yacht Club; a 40-year member of the West Bend
Country Club; a charter and active member of St. Frances Cabrini Church
Dale was an avid golfer, hiker-walker, world traveler visiting all seven
continents, a country western music lover and an avid Green Bay Packer
fan. First and foremost, he was a man who loved his family deeply. He was
a loving husband, dedicated father and doting grandfather/greatgrandfather.
He is survived by his wife Barbara along with their seven children; 15
grandchildren: Lindsay, Amanda and Zachary Hafeman; Robert (Kimberly),
Clair, Lauren, Joseph and Jacob Peplinski; Tony Lutz, Tessa and Bethany
Hafeman; Jack and Samuel Struebing; and Benjamin and Sara Hafeman as well
as four great-grandchildren: Grace, Caroline, Henry and Audrey Peplinski.
Dale is also survived by a sister-in-law Ginny Warhanek; a brother-in-law
David Weiss; other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Marlene Weiss, a
brother-in-law Howard Warhanek and a sister-in-law Marie Warhanek.
A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at
7 p.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church with the Rev. Nathan
Reeseman presiding. The family will greet relatives and friends at the
church only on Wednesday from 4 until 6:45 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Dale
Hafeman to St. Frances Cabrini School.
The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online
guestbook and condolences available at