Gerald Herbert Heckler
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Gerald Herbert Heckler, 86, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014, at The Bridge Care Suites.
He was born April 4, 1927, in Chicago, the son of Raymond and Gladys (Willig) Heckler. On Sept. 25, 1948, he married Elsie C. M. Heckler in Chicago.
Mr. Heckler graduated from Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, Ill. He served with the U.S. Navy during WWII. He attended the University of Illinois at Navy Pier majoring in Business Administration. He worked as a salesman of both audio visual graphic services as well as insurance after retirement.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church for over 60 years where he served as a Deacon, Clerk of Session and Supt. of Sunday School. He was involved in Couples Club, Bridge Group and the Pastor's Search Committee.
Mr. Heckler was a member of Sertoma and a Third Age Living Caregiver, where he also served on the board. He loved gardening (especially roses), playing tennis, fishing and attending Saturday Evening Dance Club. He always looked forward to family vacations in Wisconsin and enjoyed birthday parties, holidays and any other opportunity to gather with his large family whom he loved very much.
He is survived by four daughters: Nancy Schwermin and Joyce Padget (Bill Peters) both of Springfield, Phyllis (Thomas) Beverly and Cheryl (Victor) Linderman both of Glenarm; 14 grandchildren: Michael (Alissa) Schwermin of Pekin, Jennifer (Steven) Canny of Springfield, Bradley (Stephanie) Schwermin of Springfield, Eric (Kaylee) Linderman, Ellen, Elliott and Evelyn Linderman, all of Glenarm, Shane (Michele) Padget of Herrin, April Bridges of Normal, Thomas (Carmen) Beverly of Chatham, Dylan Beverly of Glenarm, and Heather (Jason) Konzelmann of Mahomet; 19 great-grandchildren: Nathan and Katrina Beverly, Shelby and Jayden Beverly, Keegan and Summer Bridges, Kimber and Drake Linderman, Autumn McNattin, Gavin, Gabriel, Greyson and Grant Schwermin, Carly and Audrey Konzelmann, Andrew and Abigail Canny, and Jaelynn and Aby Padget; and two sisters-in-law, Elaine Heckler and Ruth Wallsten; and many loved nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his wife; parents; father and mother-in-law, Arvid and Ellen (Erickson) Wallsten; a brother, Howard Heckler; two brothers-in-law, Bert and Martin Wallsten; a sister-in-law, Helen Wallsten; and a grandson, Stephen Beverly.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 27 at Boardman-Smith Funeral Chapel, 800 S. Grand Ave. West, Springfield, IL 62704. Memorial service will be held Friday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m., with an additional visitation hour beginning at 9:30 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church. The Church will also host a luncheon after the memorial service with interment following at Camp Butler National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. 7th St., Springfield, IL 62701.
Boardman-Smith Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Visit the online obituary and sign the guest book at www.boardman-smith.net.
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