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James R. "Jim" Heid

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James R. "Jim" Heid Obituary
James R. "Jim" Heid
PEORIA - James R. "Jim" Heid, age 82, passed away at 9:35 p.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at Liberty Village of Peoria.
Jim was born February 24, 1936 in Peoria, IL., the son of John and Elizabeth (Rohman) Heid. He also has one brother, Jack from Houston, TX.
He married Mary C. McCarthy on June 15th, 1957, whom he loved and adored till her death in 2005. Jim and Mary had eight children, James (Lauren) Heid of Glenwood Springs, CO, John Heid of Peoria, Jeff (Kelly) Heid of Indiana, Kathy (Scott) Meister of Peoria, Karyn (Dave) Brown of Naperville, Kris (Tom) Haefli of Peoria, Karol Heid of Murfreesboro, TN, and Joe (Heather) Heid of Chicago. Jim also has 22 Grandchildren and 21 Great Grandchildren. He is also survived by long-time companion and dear friend, Patricia Ciccarelli and her family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary and daughter, Karyn Heid Brown.
Jim and Mary started their life together in Minneapolis where Jim was attending the University of Minnesota and playing football. After four children in four years, Jim and Mary moved back to Peoria and added four more children to the ever expanding family.
Jim was a strong believer in the value and strength of a Catholic education, and he showed his faith by dedicating his career and his life to Spalding, Bergan, and Peoria Notre Dame High Schools. He was also dedicated to his church, St. Vincent de Paul, since its opening in 1962.
Outside of his family, Jim's passion was education, and in particular, it was coaching. Jim's love of athletics and teaching provided a guide for thousands of young men and women on how to get through life and mentoring others while placing your individual needs in the background.
A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, September 10, 2018 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with a recitation of the rosary at 3 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at St. Vincent with additional visitation from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Fr. Stephen Willard will officiate and burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Peoria, IL.
Memorials may be made to Illinois Cancer Care or Saint Jude Children's Hospital.
Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences to www.wrightandsalmon.com
Published in Peoria Journal Star from Sept. 6 to Sept. 8, 2018
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