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Robert Heid Sr. (1921 - 2014)

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Heid, Robert Stanley Robert S. Heid's favorite quote was Davy Crockett's "You may all go to Hell and I will go to Texas." Bob Heid, at the age of 92, passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 in Flower Mound, Texas. He now gets to permanently reside here. Bob was born Oct. 15, 1921, in Strasburg, Ohio, the son of Gertrude Heid. He married Dorothy Reaves on September 5, 1952, in Jacksonville, and she preceded him in death on October 30, 2011. Her ashes will be interred within Bob's arms as they both enjoy the "best that is yet to come." Bob is survived by one brother, Jon Cobes, and his wife, Anna of Guernsey, Wyoming; two sisters, Pat and Jean; one son, Robert Heid Jr., and his wife, Kathy of Denver; one daughter, Karen Cooke, and her husband, Michael of Flower Mound; and two grandchildren, Hanna of Denver and Forrest of Flower Mound. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. Bob was a World War II veteran, who joined the U.S. Navy in December, 1942. During his twenty-six year service in the United States Navy, Commander Heid was an aviator aboard the USS Enterprise and was aboard the carrier on May 14, 1945 when she suffered one of the most devastating kamikaze attacks of WW II. His stateroom was next to Elevator 1 which blew almost 400 ft. in the air. According to Bob's poetic sense of justice, he was saved from fatal injury because a storeroom full of paper products, mainly toilet paper, absorbed most of the destruction. Commander Heid's military service extended far beyond World War II, and included tours with the Anti-Submarine Warfare Group in Norfolk, Virginia and San Diego, California. He educated and trained pilots as a Flight Instructor in Pensacola, Florida. During his illustrious career he was stationed at home and abroad including intelligence posts with the Sixth Fleet in Morocco and the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington DC. He performed the latter duty while smugly proclaiming that "military intelligence" was an oxymoron. His heroism, devotion, and leadership earned him numerous military accolades including the Air Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. Bob, who has lived in the Lewisville-Flower Mound area for 20 years, retired from the Navy with the rank of commander in 1968. He proudly extolled upon his good fortune in receiving a military pension for forty five years of living comfortably upon the public "breast." Bob was a fun loving, kind and caring man who excelled in hunting and fishing. Bob loved beer, Dixieland jazz, buxom women, potato dumplings, and stock market gains, but no clue exists as to his preference. His greatest enjoyment, however, was spending time with his family and friends. He was a long-time regular at a Thursday night get together of Lewisville High School educators and other unsavory characters. Within the last few years, Bob broadened his scope of unsavory characters to include military retirees at local breakfast eateries. Bob was a life long Cleveland Indian fan. He, like many Cleveland sport enthusiasts before him, would have liked six Cleveland Indians be his official pall bearers so he could once again be let down by his team. Unfortunately, most of the Indians had to decline as they are slowly learning how to become better at their next spring training camp. Instead, a memorial service will be held 2p.m. on Sunday, February 23rd at Mulkey Mason Funeral Home in Lewisville and a military burial with full honors will be held 11:15 a.m. Monday, February 24th at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas. Memorials are suggested to the Snowball Express Organization, the Toys for Tots Foundation, or the Wounded Warriors Fund.

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Feb. 22, 2014
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