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John W. "Jack" Heiney

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John W. 'Jack' Heiney of Indianapolis, Indiana John W. "Jack" Heiney, 97, of Indianapolis, Ind., died Sunday, November 6, 2011. Jack was born November 9, 1913 near Oxford, Pa. to the late George C. and Gertrude Heiney, and was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Betty M. Heiney. He is survived by his nephew, George G. Heiney II and his wife Betty, of Oxford, and their sons, Andrew and Brett and daughter Claire Moldovan (Sam). Following graduation from Lehigh University and a brief employment with subsidiary of the American Water Works System, Jack was ordered to active military duty in the U.S. Army on February 1, 1941, initially serving as a 1st Lieutenant of Infantry, and after graduation from the company Officers' Course, and the Command and General Staff College, serving as a Lieutenant colonel of Infantry, commanding the 2nd Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Regiment. During his military service, Jack participated in the Battle of Northern France, commanded several prisoner-of-war camps, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Following military service Jack returned to employment with the American Water Works System, followed by a distinguished career with the Indiana Gas Company, serving as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer prior to his retirement in 1984. During his business career, Jack also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Merchants National Bank & Trust Company and Merchants National Corporation; director of the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce; President of the Indiana Gas Association; Chairman of the American Gas Association; member of the Federal Power Commission' Executive Advisory Committee for the Natural Gas Survey; and in 1975, received the American Gas Association's distinguished Service Award, in recognition for his many contributions toward making the Association a recognized factor in national energy policymaking. Jack also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Gas Technology; a director of United Way of Greater Indianapolis and member of the United Way's Board of Governors; and as director of Associated Electric & Gas Insurance Services Limited of Hamilton, Bermuda, serving as Chairman and President from 1976 to 1983. On August 14, 1997, Jack received the "Sagamore of the Wabash" award from the Governor of Indiana. Memberships included the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity; American Legion, the Newcomen Society in North America and for many years, Jack especially enjoyed his many opportunities to participate in activities with the Half Century Investment Club, and with his many friends and acquaintances at the Meridian Hills Country Club and at Marquette Manor. Jack was also a past Director and Chairman of the Board of Community Hospitals of Indianapolis; a Director and Chairman of Community Hospitals Foundation, Inc.; a Director of Voluntary Enterprises, Inc. and of Indiana Pro Health Network, Inc. During the later years of his life, Jack was appreciative of his opportunity to continue to provide both financial and leadership assistance to the Community Health Network Foundation. In 2009, the "Jack and Betty Heiney Patient Care Tower" was dedicated at Community Hospital in recognition for their many years of effort, commitment and financial assistance to the Foundation, and the "Jack Heiney Award for Philanthropic Leadership", and the "Jack and Betty Heiney Society" as the planned giving society of the Foundation, were established in their honor. While certainly appreciate of the recognition, it was Jack's belief that the true gift was his in having the opportunity to assist the many talented and dedicated individuals striving daily to achieve the important goals and mission of the Foundation. Throughout the years, Jack was frequently described as a "visionary", a "philanthropist", and a "mentor", and while certainly all of those things, to all who had the privilege of knowing him, Jack was perhaps best described as an individual having the highest degree of moral values and integrity, and one who treated all others with dignity and respect. His legacy as one of the finest living examples of a true gentleman will live on in the minds and hearts of all who had the good fortune to know him as a friend. Special thanks to everyone associated with the Community Health Network Foundation who provided continual assistance and personal friendship to Jack for many years, and gave great meaning and purpose to his life after retirement; to his personal physicians and health care professionals for their kind attention and dedication; and to Penny Mitchell, longtime personal friend of both Jack and Betty, for her kindness, attention and assistance to Jack during the last few years, and for which he was most grateful. Visitation will be held from 10 until 11 a.m. Monday, November 14, at Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center-Broad Ripple in Indianapolis, with a memorial service beginning at 11 a.m. with Dr. Gene Sease officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Health Network Foundation, 1500 N. Ritter, Indianapolis, IN 46219.

Published in The Daily Local on Nov. 10, 2011
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