Robert Lamar Heidler

Robert Lamar Heidler of Issaquah passed away on February 8th of natural causes. Robert was born in Pennsburg, PA on April 11, 1927. After graduating from East Greenville High School he served in the United States Army during World War II. He retired from US Gauge, a division of Ametek, where he was employed in sales and as a machinist. Robert loved regaling his children and grandchildren with tales of growing up during the depression, his exploits in post-war France and Germany and anecdotes about being a hot air balloon chaser. He was a man of varied interests and read everything. He soaked up facts and could point out the constellations, recall every Indy 500 winner by year, which civil war general presided at any battle, what to do for mites on shrubs, how many times Sugar Ray Robinson stepped into the ring or who said "damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead". He was a very sought-after Trivial Pursuit partner! He was an avid gardener and after retirement ran the Country Herb Garden in Rockwild, PA with his wife. He married the love of his life, Althena Opdyke in 1948, and was by her side when she passed in September of 2011. They moved to Issaquah in 2000. Robert was preceded in death by infant daughter Janice and his wife Althena. He is survived by his sister Linda Dorshimer of Northhampton, PA and two daughters and their families: Patricia and Thomas Schaible, of New Bern, NC, and Vicki and Edward Kostenbauder of Issaquah, WA; four grandchildren (Tina, Laura, Bob and Eric); two step grandchildren (Tim and Tom) and three great-grandchildren. He will be remembered by his family and friends as an armchair philosopher and natural born teacher who enjoyed sharing his dry wit. His wry comments on everyday life, current events and the driving abilities of others have become family legend. Being around him always made you smile and frequently made you think. Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family's on-line guest book at WWW.FLIN TOFTS.COM Arrangements are by Flintoft's Funeral Home and Crematory.

Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Feb. 14, 2012