John Hardie Heckman
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John, 85, was born May 12, 1927 in Portland, Oregon, a longtime resident of Lakewood California, who moved to Huntington Beach in 1998. He died Saturday, July 28, 2012 in Long Beach from dementia and heart disease. John was a WWII veteran, worked at General Motors South Gate until its closing, followed by Advance Mechanical, and then worked for Boeing. He was a very organized person and loved to be "in charge". This was evident in his many volunteer activities like the Lakewood Spartans Girls Track Club, Indian Guides, city of Lakewood Planning Commission, Mayfair High School Band Boosters and his final duties as president of Tamarack Beach Resort Vacation Owners in Carlsbad, California. He was a proud civil engineering graduate of USC and was a true Trojan. If the cardinal and gold were winning then it was a good day in the Heckman house! John enjoyed puzzles, senior softball, blackjack, his beautiful roses and being a part of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Most of all John loved his family and America. He was very patriotic. John is survived by his wife Phyllis of 58 years, daughter Terry Heckman Leone, (Paul Leone), son Pete Heckman, (Jennifer Roche Heckman) and 3 grandchildren, Danielle Leone, Nicholas Leone and Diane Heckman. John's three favorite places were Bora Bora, Maui Hawaii, and Yuma, Arizona. He was lucky enough to have visited all three. We love and miss you and know you are in Heaven on a balcony with a view of the ocean and a basket of fish and chips! In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to the Civil War Trust. Services will be private. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Aug. 1 to Aug. 3, 2012