Fredric Jon Heffelfinger

February 23, 1956 ‒ May 01, 2021

Loudonville, Ohio

Fredric Jon Heffelfinger passed away Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Wooster Community Hospital. He was 65.

He was born on February 23, 1956, in Ashland County to parents Guy & Mildred (Mendlich) Heffelfinger. After he graduated from Loudonville High School with the class of 1975, Fred married his high school sweetheart Sandy McElwain on October 2, 1976. The pair were married for 44 years.

Fred co-owned and operated Heffelfinger Marathon Station with his brother Dave for 45 years in Loudonville. He enjoyed camping locally with his family, watching NASCAR, and loved spending time with his grandchildren, especially his special buddy Hunter. Fred had a great sense of humor and was known for his jokes, and his ability to create nicknames for everyone he met. Fred was loved deeply by those who knew him and will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife Sandy Heffelfinger; children Kristy (Dan) Spreng and Jarrod (Mindy) Heffelfinger; grandchildren Lillian Spreng, Warren Spreng, Alexis (Greg) Heffelfinger, Brayden Heffelfinger, Camryn Heffelfinger, Landon Whytsell, and Hunter Heffelfinger; great granddaughter Kinsley Griffin; siblings Phil (Marlene) Heffelfinger, Jackie Brown, Dave (Jackie) Heffelfinger, Jane (Jay) Hollinger, Dan (Cathy) Heffelfinger, Mike Heffelfinger, Mary (Scott) Kirkpatrick, and Susan (Whitey) Harris; father-in-law Al McElwain; sisters-in-law Sharon (Tim) Chanler and Cindy (Tom) Middleton; brothers-in-law Mike McElwain and Jim Devlin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Fred was preceded in death by his daughter Nicole Heffelfinger; sisters Judy Devlin and Kay Heffelfinger; and his mother-in-law, Carol McElwain.

The Heffelfinger family will receive friends Thursday, May 6, 2021, from 12 to 2 p.m. in the New Hope Community Church, 637 N. Market Street, Loudonville, Ohio, with the memorial service beginning immediately at 2 p.m. Pastor Rob Paterson will speak and burial will follow in Loudonville Cemetery.

Contributions in Fred’s memory to Growing Mohican Families may be made at the church during calling hours or mail to the funeral home, 123 N. Market Street, Loudonville, Ohio 44842.

Snyder Funeral Home-Lindsey Chapel is honored to serve Fred’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at


  • Sandy and family,
    I was so saddened to hear about Fred and his passing, he always had a smile on his face and some smart comment to give me when paying for my gas. He always made me laugh, and I always left with a smile. He was truly admired and well respected within and around the Loudonville Community. My thoughts and continued prayers are with you and your entire family. Fred will be truly missed by my Dad Mick for sure.
    May God continue to watch over all of you during this time.
    Jerrilynn McDaniel
    Jeff McDaniel
    Mick and Shirley McDaniel

  • I am so sad of the passing of my good friend I sure will miss him at the morning meeting at the gas station, Rest In Peace , Kerry Rich

  • You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Another great one taken way too soon. So sorry. Rhonda Bostic McDonald
    Lillie Bostic

  • Sandy, so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • I first noticed Fred years ago when I was taking piano lessons at Mrs. Arnold’s, next door to the Heffelfingers. He was running as fast as his legs would take him down Market Street, pushing his baby brother Mikey in the stroller. I knew then he was a special guy! This town will never be the same without Fred – a great guy who will be missed by all of us who knew him. My condolences to all of the family.

  • Sandy and family Gary and I were so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. We will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers

  • Sandy and family,
    Gail and i are sad to hear of the passing of Fred. May God wrap you in His arms and keep you close to His heart at this time.

  • So sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. He had such a great sense of humor. If you were spending time with Fred, you were laughing.

  • So very saddened to hear of Fred’s passing, he will be missed. Prayers and comfort to his family.

  • Many fond memories of Fred. He loved his family so much. Years ago I coached Jarod in baseball he loved to watch him play. Jarod was a pitcher, if umpire missed a call he was never short on words. Fred you will be missed by all. God Bless

  • Sandy and family, we have no words to express the sympathy we feel. May God be with you, and know we are sending love from our hearts.
    Jeff and Barbara Arnholt

  • Thinking of you Sandy, at this most difficult time.
    So very sad to hear of Fred’s passing…

    Julie Bowman (Kirkpatrick)

  • My deepest condolences too his family. I knew Fred for many many years, always had a smile and kind too all. He will be missed. Rest in peace Fred. Hugs 🤗 too his family and friends

  • Doug & I send our condolences, so sad to hear this. Doug has many great stories of their younger years and as they grew older, Fred had the best sense of humor. He will be missed.

  • Our condolences to you and your family, Sandy, on the loss of Fred. He was such a nice person; always helpful; welcomed us to Loudonville many, many years ago. He will be missed. Bob & Cindy Duffy

  • Sandy and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. I remember him as having the best sense of humor. My Mom and Dad enjoyed having you as their neighbors all those years ago. Love, peace and hugs to all.

  • So sorry to here of Fred’s passing. He will be missed by all.

  • Sandy and family, we are so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. He was a wonderful person.We will be keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers!
    Bill and Shawna Scarberry

  • I feel I need to send a special moment of sincerity to Sandy and family. I used to deliver the mail in Loudonville MANY years ago. Heffelfinger Marathon was my resting point. Dave and Fred were always there and usually FULL of it. It made my day. One day, in around 1981 While on my break at the Marathon, in walked Rob Cutlip. This was before MEN wore piercings. Rob had his ear pierced and it was quite the conversation that day. Fred asked him about his piercing and said” Where is the other earring?” Rob said that Steve Weltmer had it Fred said ” does that mean you two are engaged? The whole station broke up and Rob, speechless, just walked out. Fred was one of a kind, and kind he was. take care Sandy and family and GOD BLESS you all. By the way , I truly miss the best sandwich to ever come out of Loudonville and quite possibly in the WORLD the Zimburger!!!! and PS my favorite car-hop of all time was Carol Bickell. How is that for showing my age. Love, Tom Whittemire

  • So sorry to hear this! Hugs and much love to the family! ❤️❤️ Prayers for all of you during this very difficult time!

  • Sandy and Family, we are sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. He was a blessing to have as a friend. Teddy and Freddy, as we were referred as, had a lot of good times together, we also got into a little trouble along the way and those times were even fun. The stories I could tell! He truly will be missed. Your family will forever be in our thoughts.

  • Sandy and family, So very saddened to hear about the loss of Fred. He always could make you smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  • Sandy,

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Fred. I always tried to gas up at the station whenever I made it back to Loudonville. He was always so nice to me. Prayers for you and your family.

    Dawn Adam – Stoodtie

  • Sandy and family,
    I was saddened to hear of Fred’s passing. He was such a funny guy. He used to get me in trouble in high school. We sat at the same table in study hall. He would say or do something that would make me laugh out loud and I would be the one getting scolded by the teacher. Sending hugs and prayers for comfort and peace.

  • Sandy and family: There’s a dozen on my cousin, They ‘re flying around and buzzin’, There’s a Bear in the air, and one more goes home. Sorry about your loss, I’ll mis him.

  • Sandy, children, and all the brothers and sisters,

    We were sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. May you find comfort in faith, family and friends and let them carry you through your dark days now and in the days to come. Rest in peace Fred…good and faithful servant.
    Dick and Marla

  • The old saying all we are is dust in the wind is so true! Still to young to be taking away.but we all know Fred’s in the best of hands. I’ve known big Fred for many of yrs .use to buy my diesel fuel there in my big truck! He had a way with words & some wld say he 2as a clown.b7t I could hang with freddie because we both had a little in common lol. He will greatly be missed in the loudonvillr community for sure!! I r r located to the state of Georgia for a job.but if I was in thr area I’d swing by Heffelfingers Marathon a friendly hangout especially after hours!! Sandy & family God bless & stay strong RIP FREDDIE 🙏

  • Sorry to hear of Fred”s Passing he was one of my oldest friends we grew up together on South Market st in Loudonville. Always would talk about stuff we did growing up and telling jokes up at the station.Even after moving back to Ashland I would stop in after work to see Dave and him. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family.

  • 💔
    Fred and dave are great staples to the community and the marathon has definitely left a mark,I’ve enjoyed every conversation with them and of course the laughter, only being 5 yrs younger than Fred and working at the shell we both shared the joy of being gas jockeys and fixing cars when it was fun,they were both such great inspiration and influence,some of the reasons for me getting into the hot rod action, they always had the best looking and sounds,performance a car could have , Fred actually fixed a holley on my first car while I was in school, my older brothers ran around a lot back in the day with the heffefinger bros and the stories always come out at family functions, my brother john actually broke Fred’s arm in the infamous roll over crash in the fun hills 1969,sorry for rambling but wanted to let you know what these guys mean to me, Sandy, Jared, kristy and all the heffefinger families,sending you hugs and condolences from our families to yours

  • Sandy and family, so sorry to hear this sad news about Fred. Hugs and prayers for you and the family

  • Sandy, We are so saddened by your loss of Fred. He was such a good guy and will be greatly missed. You are a strong person and will carry on for Fred. You are in our prayers. Love Uncle Jack & Aunt Doris

  • Sorry for your loss. Fred will be missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Josh and Jaime Portz

  • Sandy and Family, mom and I were saddened to hear of Fred’s passing. Hold tight to your beloved memories as they will sustain you in the days, months and years ahead. God Bless!

  • Sandy, I am so sorry to hear about Fred’s passing. May your memories of good times sustain you at this difficult time, and may God keep you wrapped in His love.

  • Sincere condolences & sincere sympathy for all…
    Christopher J. Sara R. & Kylie B. Snively

  • Sandy & family–We are both so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. He was such a good guy. May your memories keep you close. Prayers for you all. God Bless!

  • Sandy and family; Loudonville will forever be out of balance, one of it8 Pillars is missing! Freddy has left his post. We all know where he went though. We are saddened by his leaving and we pray that all who loved him will pray for all he had to leave behind. God has truly blessed us all for having Freddie in our lives!

  • Fred, wow, I can’t believe it. You were a funny dude and always had a great sense of humor. I’ll never forget the summer of 69 when I was driving way too fast and rolled my car. When I think back, we were so lucky, no seatbelts, we walked away from it, and the only injury was your broken arm. I still have the newspaper clipping somewhere. I’m so angry with myself right now, because I always meant to stop in and see Fred and talk about old times. But I was always going somewhere else, always had something else to do, and every time I drove past the Marathon I’d say to myself, I gotta stop and see Fred. I’m sorry about that. My condolences to Dave and Fred’s family.

  • I was so sorry to of Fred’s passing. He was such a character! We always called each other our brother’s names. Then, when my son Simon started riding with me on my route, Fred continued the tradition and they called each other Louie, Worm, Johnny, Dave and the list goes on! What a guy.
    My thoughts are all around you….