GLASFORD - Andrew Joel Heisel, 56, of Glasford died at 2:29 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist from a sudden onset of a blood infection following a heart attack.
Andy was born Oct. 20, 1957, in Peoria, the son of Fred George and Vernetta Lorene (Seaton) Heisel. He was preceded in death by his parents. Andy married Candy (McKavitt) Hunter in June of 2004 and was married to Donna (Shane) Klusman from 1978 to 2003.
He will be sadly missed by his wife of 10 years, Candy; sons, Adam (Courtney) Heisel of South Lyon, Mich., Matthew (Tatiana) Heisel of Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and Dallas Hunter of Glasford; one daughter, Kasey (Sam Stoops) Krus of Morton; one brother, Timothy (Camille) Heisel of Glasford; one sister, Kathleen (Ralph Jay) Close of Chillicothe; two stepsisters, Emily Wittekiend and Nancy Coleman of Bartonville; his four grandchildren, Jacqueline and Luke (Adam), Henry (Matt) and Lyric, who will all miss his hugs; and two nephews, Drew (Amanda) Heisel of Hanna City and Trent Heisel of Edelstein.
He spent over 36 years as a Peoria Journal Star motor route delivery driver, primarily serving the Mapleton area. During the past several years, he had been working for the U.S. Postal Service as a relief motor carrier in the Trivoli, Hanna City and Mapleton areas. Previously, he worked 17 years at Culligan as a water softener installer/serviceman.
Andy was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.
Andy was the perfect definition of a handyman. He drew pride from his ability to tackle and accomplish almost any vehicle or home project that involved a repair or upgrade. He developed a passion for automobiles at an early age and passed that aptitude on to his sons. He spent countless hours performing the frequent repairs needed on the vehicles used during his 40-year career delivering newspapers and mail. He enjoyed finding vehicles that were broken or in need of maintenance and enjoyed bringing them back to life. He helped supply numerous family, friends and neighbors with vehicles throughout his life. He was a caring and loving husband, father and friend who will be missed.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel. Father Terry Cassidy will officiate. Visitation will be Monday, April 7, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m., also at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin. A celebration of life will follow.
Memorials may be made to a fund for his grandchildren's education.
To view Andrew's memorial page or leave an online condolence, go to www.davison-fulton-bartonvillechapel.com.