WASHBURN - Allen Lee Heimsoth, 63, of Washburn died unexpectedly on Monday, July 22, 2013, at 8:19 a.m. in the emergency room of UnityPoint Health-Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.
Allen was born on July 3, 1950, in Peoria, Ill., to Harold Victor and Irene Meta (Bammann) Heimsoth. He married Marsha Sue Ohmart on Jan. 31, 1976, at Trinity Lutheran Church in LaRose.
She survives along with his children, Darlene (Brett) Burke of Washburn, Vic (Crystal) Heimsoth of Chillicothe, and Heather (Ryan) Nenne and Andy (Katie) Heimsoth, both of Toluca; eight grandchildren; one brother, Kevin (Georgann) Heimsoth of Washburn; one sister, Karen Heimsoth of Washington, D.C.; and one sister-in-law, Barb Heimsoth of West Allis, Wis.
His parents and two brothers, Larry and Gerald, preceded him in death.
Allen was a graduate of Lowpoint-Washburn High School and a graduate of Illinois Central College with an associate degree in 1972.
He had served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam conflict.
Allen was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Washburn, serving many terms as elder and chairman. He and his wife, Marsha, also were youth group leaders for many years.
He also was a lifetime member of the Washburn American Legion Post 661.
Allen was employed at Caterpillar, USPS and Ulrich Motors-Washburn as a service manager and mechanic for almost 30 years. He also was a substitute mail carrier.
Allen will be remembered most for his work on the Washburn Ambulance Squad. He started on the squad in 1977 and became chief of the ambulance in 1985 and was still serving in that position.
Since he was raised on a farm in rural Washburn, he had farmed and raised cattle in his earlier years.
Visitation will be Friday, July 26, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home in Washburn. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Washburn, with an hour prior visitation at the church. The Rev. Kenneth Mangold will officiate. Burial will follow in Linn-Mount Vernon Cemetery in Washburn, where full military rites will be accorded.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church in Washburn, Washburn Ambulance Service or to the Washburn American Legion Post 661.
Online condolences may be made to www.calvertmemorial.com.