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Scott D. Haffner, 54

Scott D. Haffner, 54, of Clayton, died Wednesday, July 24, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, surrounded by loved ones after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Sept. 12, 1958, in St. Cloud, Minn., to Delroy and Carol (Grabinski) Haffner, and was raised in New Richmond. After high school, and at the age of 17, Scott entered into the U.S. Army. He married Roberta Bernd on Nov. 26, 1976. They were stationed in Berlin, Germany, where they started their family. After his discharge, they returned to New Richmond where he worked for Doboy. He re-enlisted into the Air Force and was stationed in Tacoma, Wash., then Reykjavik, Iceland, and was discharged from South Carolina. After his retirement from his service, they moved to Clayton. He and Roberta divorced in 2001. Scott was married at his home in Clayton on June 5, 2005, to Tammy Steinburg.

Scott was an avid outdoorsman, excellent welder, mechanic, and made sure to "Scottamize" everything. There wasn't anything he couldn't fix! His sense of humor and sarcastic wit were legendary. Scott enjoyed camping with his wife, family, friends, and two dogs. He was a truly wonderful husband to Tammy; they made a great team. Scott was also a loving son, caring father and brother. Most of all, Scott loved being "Papa."

He is survived by his wife, Tammy of Clayton; children, Bianca Haffner (Zachary Young) of Hudson, Tiffany (Jonathan) Oien of Red Wing, Minn., Taylor Haffner (Andrea Gazdik) of Hudson, Michele (Barry) Ranallo of Cumberland, and Troy Hyland of Baraboo; three grandchildren, Tanner Haffner, Jaxon Oien, Conner Ranallo, and Isabella on the way; his mother, Carol of Amery; three brothers, Rodney (Julie) Haffner of New Richmond, Robin (Colleen) Haffner of New Richmond, and Todd (Colleen) Haffner of Chatfield, Minn.; two sisters, Doris Mouchet of Phoenix, Ariz., and Jeannine (Tom) Brekke of Clayton; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.

Scott was preceded in death by his father, grandparents, and his nephew Joshua Schouten.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, at St. Ann Catholic Church, Turtle Lake, Wis., with Father Dennis Mullen officiating. Burial of cremains was in West Clayton Cemetery. Pallbearers were Taylor Haffner, Rodney Haffner, Robin Haffner, Todd Haffner, Barry Ranallo and Ryan Stepan.

Skinner Funeral Home of Turtle Lake is serving the family.

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