BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Lewis "Louie" Laverne Heimbach, 89, went to be with the Lord on Saturday (Jan. 11, 2014) surrounded in love by his wife, children and grandchildren.
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Louie was born Sept. 12, 1924, in Masten, Pa., to Elmer and Ocie Heimbach. He proudly served in the U.S. Army, where he was a private first class and a member of the 193rd Glider Infantry-Company D. He entered the Army in April 1943, fought and was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. After recovery, he served as ambulance driver in the Ardennes and a POW guard in Germany. During his service, he earned the Combat Infantry Badge and the Good Conduct Medal in 1944 as well as the World War II Victory Medal and the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal in 1945.
After his dedicated service in the military, Louie settled into civilian life by marrying the love of his life, Helen Robison, and had seven children together in Limestone, N.Y. He worked at Dresser Industries in Bradford, Pa., and retired there after 44 years. During that time, he also owned and operated a full service garage, where his teenage sons enjoyed learning all about cars.
While living in Limestone, Louie also found time to be a volunteer fireman, fire chief, mayor of Limestone, as well as volunteering for Meals on Wheels. He was an active member of the Masonic Lodge in Limestone, and later transferred his membership to Broken Arrow when they moved in 1995 to live close to all their children and grandchildren.
Louie enjoyed bowling with his friends and roller skating with his daughters. Louie and Helen were members of a square dancing club and cherished their time together. They spent summers camping and boating with their children, friends and family, as well as snowmobiling in the winters. After retirement, Louie and Helen enjoyed traveling throughout the United States on numerous bus tours.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Ocie Heimbach; brothers, Loren and Jim Heimbach; sisters, Nina Shook and Loretta Keller; as well as his daughter, Sandy Heimbach-Milks.
Louie is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Helen Heimbach; his children, Al Heimbach and his wife Sandi of Broken Arrow, Ted Heimbach and his wife Cindy of Broken Arrow, Craig Heimbach and his wife Karen of Kansas, Okla., Susan Heimbach-Voigt of Broken Arrow, Dave Heimbach and his wife Teresa of Broken Arrow and Gary Heimbach and his wife Kathy of Broken Arrow; and one sister, Gloria Frederick of Bradford. He is also survived by his 14 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
He was loved by all and will be greatly missed.
A Celebration of his Life will be held at 1 p.m. today in the Chapel of Hayhurst Funeral Home in Broken Arrow. A private family interment will follow at Park Grove Cemetery.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of Lewis Heimbach to the Broken Arrow Masonic Lodge #243, 117 W. Commercial St., Broken Arrow, OK 74012.
Hayhurst Funeral Home
1660 S Elm Pl
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
Published in The Bradford Era from Jan. 14 to Jan. 21, 2014