Ret. CSM Robert C. Heller, 65, died on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, in Chapel Hill.
Born in Johnstown, Pa., he was a 1963 graduate of St. Clair High School, served in the U.S. Navy, a laborer at Kraft Foods Inc. in Allentown, Pa., CSM in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard which included deployment to Operation Desert Shield/Storm in Saudi Arabia, and worked for Family Assistance Center, Philadelphia, Pa., before retiring to North Carolina. Bob joined the Lower Macungie Fire Department in Wescosville, Pa., as a fire safety officer and helped with the children's fire prevention activities. During retirement, he was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 2004 as FSO-CS and volunteered at Wild Animal Rescue Center.
He is survived by his wife, Gail; mother, Vivian Heller of Emmaus, Pa.; two sons, Christopher Heller of Enfield, Conn., and Mark Heller of Wescosville, Pa.; and one granddaughter.
A military memorial service will be held at a later date at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Pennsylvania.
Memorial donations may be made to Wild Animal Rescue Center, 1312 Old Cherry Point Road, New Bern, NC 28560 or to the