Daniel Efner, 81

River Forest resident, lifelong educator

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Daniel "Dan" Emery Efner, 81, of River Forest, died on Feb. 16, 2018. Born on July 26, 1936 in Ottumwa, Iowa, he was an educator, both in or out of a classroom, and was always dedicated to passing along to others all those joys and bits of wisdom that he had uncovered. He adored a good story told as much as telling one himself. He was passionate about those things that incorporated community and teamwork: live theater, baseball, and his church, First United Church of Oak Park. He also loved reading and all the knowledge that came with it.

He will be remembered as a man who not only found the good in others but remained ever focused on those qualities so that each person knew just how much they meant to him. 

Dan Efner is survived by his sister, Sally Efner Roberts, and his son and namesake, Daniel Efner. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert M. and Mary L. Emery Efner. 

His memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at First United Church of Oak Park, Rev. Britt Cox officiating. The family will inter his cremains in the church's Memorial Garden following the service. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First United Church of Oak Park, River Forest Public Library Foundation, or a charity of the donor's choice.

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