George Gerson Heimlich was born on September 20, 1952 in Asbury Park, NJ, to parents Marion Tomlinson Heimlich and Horace Edward Heimlich. He moved with the family to Pennsylvania and Florida before settling in Lodi in 1960. Heimlich attended Leroy Nichols and Erma Reese elementary schools and was a member of Boy Scout Troop 221, sponsored by the First United Methodist Church. Heimlich attended Lodi High School, graduating in 1971. He attended San Joaquin Delta Junior College and City College of Los Angeles, graduating with an AA degree in 1975. Heimlich enlisted in the Air Force in 1973 and served as a security guard at Clark AF Base in the Philippines, Minot AFB, ND, and Offutt AFB in Nebraska. He was honorably discharged in 1981 after attaining the rank of Sergeant. Heimlich returned to the Lodi area and worked in newspaper distribution for the Lodi News Sentinel, the Sacramento Bee, and the Stockton Record. He later worked in several security firms. He lived on Elm Street and enjoyed browsing the various street festivals on School Street. He contracted a resistant infection that resulted in his death at age 60 on April 7, 2013, in the care of the VA hospital in Palo Alto and Livermore, California. His remains will be buried at sea off San Diego. Heimlich is survived by a sister in NJ and a brother in MD.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Apr. 30 to May 7, 2013