Donald H. Heckard

Donald H. Heckard

88, of Logansport, passed away at 8:36 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2013 in St. Vincent's Hospital, Indianapolis, from injuries he received in a recent fall. Born on June 19, 1924 in Cass County, Don was the son of the late John and Ruth Grauel Heckard. On September 15, 1974, in Cass County, he was married to Bonnie (Bonnie Raver) Heckard, who preceded in death.

A 1942 graduate of Logansport High School, Don was a lifelong Cass County farmer. He owned and operated Logan City Ice Company from 1973 to 2006. For 19 years, Don sold securities for Investors Diversified Services.

A member of the Calvary Presbyterian Church, Don had served as a Deacon, an Elder, a Trustee and a Sunday School teacher, He was also a 50+ year member of Loganport's Tipton Masonic Lodge.

For five years, he served on the Ivy Tech Board of Directors and continued that alliance by serving on the Ivy Tech State Board of Directors for ten years, two of which he served as board chairman. Don was passionate about the role Ivy Tech Community College would play in Indiana and he worked tirelessly for seven years as a director for Ivy Tech Foundation.

Don was active civically as well for he had a deep love for his country. From 1979 to 1990, he served as a Cass County Councilman. He was well-known throughout the state as the Cass County Republican Chairman for four years, the 2nd District Republican Chairman from 1972 to 1980, the 5th District Rep. Chairman for five years,a Delegate of National Republican Convention in 1976, a Delegate of Indiana State Convention thirteen times, and the Presidential elector for George W. Bush in 2000, Don's background in agriculture led him to the position of State Chairman of Farmers for Ford, He was named Sagamore of the Wabash twice, once by Gov. Otis Bowen and then later by Gov. Robert Orr.

Don enjoyed atteding sporting events and was a big Purdue Fan. He was an avid reader and he enjoyed traveling. Don enjoyed the time spent with family and friends. He also enjoyed the fellowship with his Monday morning Bullshippers Breakfast club, his Domino group and the Wednesday Night Happy Burger dinner club.

Surviving is one daughter, Nancy Rhodes and her husband John, of Logansport; two sons, Stephen Heckard and his wife Dawn, of Valparaiso, and Tom Heckard of Logansport; 3 step-daughters, Lois (Dennis) Hogerheide of Naples, FL, Carole (Philip) Erlandson of Indianapolis and Elaine (Don) Wood of Palto Alto, CA; step-son, Bruce(Vaneen) Ide of Logansport; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Marjorie Bishop of Logansport and Mary Margaret (L.J.) Powlen of Hagerstown, Maryland.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in the Calvary Presbyterian Church, 701 Spencer St., Logansport with Rev. Doug Mankell officiating.

Interment will follow in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Loganpsort.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Fisher Funeral Chapel, 1801 Chase Road, Logansport.

Expressions of sympathy may best be made with a memorial contribution to Calvary Presbyterian Church, the Ivy Tech Foundation or the Cass County Community Foundation in the name of the Heckard Family Scholarhip.

You may light a candle of hope in memory of Don, share condolences and memories in his online guestbook and view his video tribute at: http://www.fisherfuneral chapel.com

Funeral Home

Fisher Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services
1801 Chase Road Logansport, IN 46947

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Mar. 3, 2013