DUNLAP - Michael "Mickey" William Heller, 90, of Dunlap passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Fresenius Medical Services.
He was born May 3, 1924, in Peoria, Ill., the son of Naomi (Rubin) and Rufus A. Heller, who preceded him in death, along with one sister, Elena "Dodie" Kubby.
Mickey married Joyce (Mendeloff) Heller on Sept. 5, 1954, in Milwaukee, Wis. She survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Nancy B. Heller of Columbus, Ohio; three sons, Jeffrey A. Heller of Peoria, Jonathan M. Heller and Neil R. (Laurie) Heller; along with four grandchildren, Cara, Allie, Ben and Katy Heller, all of Dunlap.
Mickey graduated from Peoria High School, Northwestern University, class of 1946, and Stanford University Law School, class of 1950, and was a member of the Northwestern and Stanford alumni associations, California Bar Association, Peoria County Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association and American Bar Association.
He was a practicing attorney in Peoria for more than 50 years. He provided pro bono legal services to many clients who could not afford them.
Mickey honorably served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a navigator during World War II in the China-Burma-India Theatre from 1943-1946.
Following his military service, he attended Stanford University Law School and upon graduation practiced law in California before returning to Peoria to run his family's steel business, W. Heller & Son Inc., for 25 years.
Mickey obtained his pilot's license and was a voracious reader, learner and wonderful storyteller. He leaves a lot of good material and great memories to his family. Described as colorful, entertaining and indestructible, Mickey leaves us all with a spirit that most will never know.
Graveside funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. today, July 13, 2014, at the Peoria Hebrew Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel prior to graveside services. U.S. Army military rites will be accorded.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fresenius Medical Services, 10405 N. Juliet Court, Peoria, IL 61615; Jewish Federation of Peoria, 2000 W. Pioneer Parkway, Peoria, IL 61615; or Peoria Hebrew Cemetery, c/o Stella Griminger, 6839 N. Fox Point Drive, Peoria, IL 61614; or to
Please view Mickey's obituary online at www.Davison-Fulton WoodlandChapel.com.
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