Carl R. “Dick” Heil, 92, of Cridersville, formerly of Wapakoneta, died at 12:20 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, at Otterbein-Cridersville.
He was born Nov. 21, 1918, in Auglaize County, the son of Emma (Cook) and Herbert Heil, who preceded him in death. On July 10, 1945, he married Lanetta Mills, and she died Jan. 4, 1977. On Dec. 22, 1984, he married Mary E. Shaw, and she survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Marcia Quellhorst, of Wapakoneta, and Anne (Mike) Grove, of Wapakoneta; four grandchildren, Michelle Quellhorst Scheer, Mark (Nikki) Grove, Gary Grove, and Michael (Teena) Grove; five great-grandchildren; four step-children, Donet (Sally) Shaw Jr., Jean Ellen McKinley, Darlene (George Cogar) Shaw, Tom (Andrea) Shaw; six step-grandchildren, Marvin Shaw, Starla Williams, Beth (Jeff) Spencer, Heather Shaw, Adam Shaw, Regan Shaw; nine step-great-grandchildren; seven step-great great grandchildren; a brother, John (Wilma) Heil, of St. Marys; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Mark Quellhorst; a step-granddaughter, Cheryl Elliott, and siblings, Eleanor Nelson, Elizabeth “Libby” Burden, Juanita “Nita” Heil, Louise Tester, Martha Lauth, Paul Heil, & Herbert Heil.
Dick retired as owner of Heil & Eisert Plumbing & Heating in Wapakoneta. A U.S. Army veteran, he served during World War II in the Phillipines. For his actions while in service to his country, he received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, and the Combat Infantry Badge.
He was a member of the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Wapakoneta, where he served on the church council and the building committee. He was a member of the Wapakoneta Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8445, the Disabled American Veterans, Auglaize County Chap. 73, and the Kiwanis, all of Wapakoneta. He loved life, family, and friends. He enjoyed traveling, camping, and being outdoors, and never met a stranger.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Wapakoneta, with the Rev. Steven Nelson officiating. Burial with full military rites conducted by the Wapakoneta VFW will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Wapakoneta.
Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to the church, Disabled American Veterans, American Heart Association, Arthritis Foundation, Otterbein-Cridersville, or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to bayliffandeleyfh.com.
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