Kenneth (Skip) P. Heller, 86, of Sweet Valley passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at the Bonham Nursing Center, Stillwater.
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Mr. Heller was born Aug. 15, 1927, and was the son of the late Leslie and Florence LaBar Heller.
Skip was raised in Laurel Run and proudly served in the U.S. Marines.
He and his wife, Madlyn (Madge) Heller, managed the Mohawk Riding Stables at Harveys Lake for more than 35 years prior to moving to Sweet Valley, where they owned the Bar H Stables. Skip was well known for his knowledge and love for horses, cattle, and farming. He and his family have a long history of showing horses, starting at the old Lehman horse show grounds, currently Lehman Nursery, as well as participating at the Dallas Rotary Fall Fair horse show in 1962 and numerous other horse shows. His horsemanship and farrier skills were one of the best.
Skip had a great personality, liked to joke around, and was well liked by many that had the opportunity to meet him.
He was formerly employed by Hadsall Excavation in Trucksville, John Adams Paving in Loyalville, and Yatsko Paving in Lehman.
Skip was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Madge.
He is survived by his children, Nancy Honeywell and her husband, Charles, Sylvan Lake; Kenneth (Joe) Heller and his wife, Sue, Sweet Valley; James Heller and his wife, Judy, Sweet Valley; Susan Lee and her husband, Jack, Noxen; Lynn Jackson and her husband, Robert, Sweet Valley; Gail Verbyla and her husband, Mark, Mooretown; and David Heller and his wife, Karen, Broadway; grandchildren, Sandy Lynn, Charlie Honeywell, Amy Edwards, Liz Heritage, Sarah Lanning, Jamie Heller, John Heller, Amber Morgan, Jennifer Lauri, Richard Lauri, Katie Heller, DJ Heller and Megan Lee; and great-grandchildren, Brittany Lynn, Vince and Nick Edwards, Shalynn Honeywell, and Aspen Jackson.
Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. Friday from Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., Routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek, with the Rev. Richard Fox of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Lake Silkworth, officiating. Friends may call from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday.
The family would like to thank the Bonham Nursing Center and their staff for the care they provided.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be sent to the Sweet Valley Ambulance Association and/or the Sweet Valley Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 207, Sweet Valley, PA 18656.
Online condolences may be made at clswansonfuneralhome.com.
Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc.
2386 SR 118
Hunlock Creek, PA 18621
Published in Citizens' Voice on July 24, 2014