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James Heider, age 65, of Auburndale, FL and formerly of Toledo, passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, September 10, 2013, while on vacation in Germany to visit the Porsche Museum and Plant in Stuttgart. He had recently restored a 356 Porsche of his own and always wanted to see the factory in Germany. He was an avid car buff and was also restoring a '31 Model A Victoria and a '36 Ford Cabriolet. He was born June 15, 1948, in Toledo to Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Jean Hayes) Heider and worked many years for AT&T as a telephone engineer. He received his BBA from the University of Toledo and his MBA from North Central College, Naperville, IL. He was proud to be an Eagle Scout. He was also a U.S. Army veteran.
Survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Cheryl Heider; sons, Daniel (Michelle) Heider of Chicago, IL and Michael (Anna) Heider of Clearwater, FL; grandson, Henry James Heider; brother, Roger Heider of Toledo; sister, Gretchen (Dwaine) Nemire of Monclova and mother, Jean Heider of Toledo. He was preceded in death by his father.
Friends will be received at Blanchard-Strabler Funeral Home (1163 W. Sylvania at Lockwood, 419-269-1111) on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 10 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church (Bellevue at Castlewood). Burial, Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle, MI.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation: http://www.pcf.org/memory/special or mail: 1250 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401 or to the Florida Suncoast Basset Rescue: 5200 NW 43rd St., Gainesville, FL 33606.
Published in Toledo Blade from Sept. 16 to Sept. 18, 2013