HICO —Lance Cpl. Shawn Patrick Hefner, 22, was killed in action on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. 

He was ceremoniously welcomed back to American soil at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, early Nov. 15.  

Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20, at the Hico First Baptist Church with burial in the Hico Cemetery. A motorcade escort is to leave Waco Airport at 11 a.m. today to arrive in Hico shortly after noon.  Visitation is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. today at Rutledge Funeral Home in Hico.  

Shawn was born Dec. 4, 1986, in Kansas City, Mo.  He moved to Texas in 1991, and was a 2006 graduate of Hico High School. He joined the Marine Corps in Jan. 2008 and was assigned to Delta company, 2nd Amphibious Assault Battalion, Camp Lejeune N.C. and was deployed to Afghanistan in June 2009 where he gave his life for our country.  

Shawn was a fun-loving jokester, who loved anything outdoors and the Marine Corps suited his fearless lifestyle.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather William Schroff of Mequite and his grandmother Mary Hefner of Hico.

Survivors include his parents, Patrick and Robin Hefner of Hico; brother Brandon Hefner of Mesquite; sister Jessica Meagan Hefner of Hico; granddad Raymond Hefner of Hico; grandmother Lynn Schroff of Mesquite; uncles, Richard Hefner and wife Pat of Dallas,  Henry Hefner and wife Nancy of Waxahachie, and George Hefner and wife Esther of San Antonio; aunts, Mary Ellen Hefner of Hico, Julia McMillin and husband, David, of Dallas, Susan Stone and husband, Bill, of Garland,  Brenda Benfield of Mesquite and Patti Barishefsky and husband Jay of Frisco,  also by many cousins and extended family and his Hico community family.

Published November 19, 2009

Stephenville Empire-Tribune