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Willis J. Heim Sr. Obituary
Willis J. Heim Sr., 77, of Girard, died unexpectedly on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at UPMC Hamot.

He was born in Erie, April 14, 1941, a son of the late Melvin M. and Gladys (Wittenburg) Heim.

Willis lived and grew up as a boy in the McKean area. He joined the US Navy in 1959, where he served with Construction Battalion Seven in Davisville, R.I. Willis was honorably discharged in 1962.

He was employed at Smith-Meter in Erie for 23 years, at Doyle Security and he was also a Deputy Constable for Erie County. He was also a maintenance man at Camp Sherwin and most recently Anchor Inn during his retirement.

He had also participated in the Erie County Sheriff Search & Rescue Horse Patrol and loved hunting throughout his life.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia (Willey) Heim and his second wife, Betty (Nichols) Heim; a son, Willis J. Heim Jr., and two brothers, Melvin J. "Shorty" Heim and Willis Reosch.

He will be greatly missed by his family including his wife, Cheryl L. Heim, whom he married in 2000; a son, Douglas Heim (Jackie); a daughter-in-law, Jenifer Heim; two stepdaughters, Kristy Strain and Diane Rainey (Jerry); three stepsons, Todd Strain, Robert Strain (Katie), Dennis Muller; a half-sister, P.J. Dorchester; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. There will be no calling hours or services observed. Interment will be in Erie County Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Willis Heim memorial fund, C/O Edder Funeral Home, 309 Main St. East, Girard PA 16417. To send condolences, visit edderfuneralhome.com. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Edder Funeral Home, Inc., Girard.

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Published in the Erie Times-News on Sept. 16, 2018
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