George E. Heffner, a former member of the House of Delegates and a Baltimore County police magistrate who for many years was a stock-car racing enthusiast, died of a heart attack Wednesday at his Kingsville home. He was 85.
Mr. Heffner was born and raised in Fullerton and attended St. Joseph parochial school. He left school to help support his family after the death of his father.
During World War II, he served in the Navy as a mechanic.
For many years, he was the owner of Putty Hill Garage and Towing, which he sold to a cousin in the late 1970s.
Mr. Heffner was a Free State Stock Car Racing Association champion in 1953, 1954 and 1955.
Mr. Heffner was active in Baltimore County politics for many years and was a vice president of the 11th District Democratic Club.
He had also been a member of the Greater Rosedale Democratic Club, Middle River Democratic Club, Perry Hall Optimist Club and the Rosedale Loudmouth Club.
From 1963 to 1967, he was trial magistrate at Fullerton and was chief license inspector for Baltimore County from 1967 to 1969.
Mr. Heffner was Rosedale police magistrate from 1969 to 1972, when he was appointed to the House of Delegates, where he served until 1978.
Mr. Heffner's philanthropic interests included helping to supply various area church-sponsored food banks, Goodwill Industries and Helping Hands.
He also enjoyed traveling.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the E.F. Lassahn Funeral Home, 11750 Belair Road in Kingsville.
Surviving are his wife of 37 years, the former Evelyn Ashley; a stepson, Carl Wayne DeHaven Jr. of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; and three grandchildren.