Benjamin Wayne Heath, 94, Lecanto, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Diamond Ridge Health & Rehab Center. A native of McLean, Ky., he was born March 5, 1918, to the late William and Rena (Smith) Heath and moved to Florida in 1986 from Missouri. He was employed by McDonnell Douglas Aviation for 21 years as an electrical engineer and was the former owner and operator of Missouri Auto Body Repair Company in St. Louis. Ben was a former member of Main Street Baptist Church and current member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. He was a member of Evansville, Ind., Masonic Lodge No. 64 (50-year member) and a 32nd-degree Scottish Rite Mason. He enjoyed spending his time hunting and fishing.
Left to mourn his loss are his wife of 71 years, Julia (Huth) Heath; three sons, Roland Heath and wife Bonnie of St. Louis, Michael Heath and wife Jackie of Crystal River, and Joseph Heath and wife Deb of St. Charles, Mo.; his brother, Oscar; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Ben's life will be remembered with a service of remembrance 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, from Chas. E Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Leary Willis officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Inverness. The family will receive friends at the Chas. E Davis Funeral Home Saturday from 10 a.m. until the hour of service.