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Ronald Dean Heck Ronald Dean Heck, 75, Westlake Village, California, formerly of Topeka, passed away August 20 after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born in Wichita, Kansas, October 28, 1942, the son of McCoy H. Heck and Jennie Mae Walker Heck. He grew up in Junction City, Kansas, and graduated from Junction City High School. He married his college sweetheart, Dixie Ann Stewart, July 13, 1963. He graduated from Washburn University where he lettered 4 years in both football and baseball. He was the football captain the last two years that he played, and was a graduate assistant football coach. He received a master's degree from the University of Kansas and a J.D. degree from Washburn University School of Law. He was a special initiate of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Omega Chapter, at Kansas State University.

Ron was a past Director of Alumni Affairs at Washburn and served as president of the Alumnae Association. Ron Practiced law in Wichita and Topeka for 30 years. He retired after many years as a Federal Motor Carriers consultant with Amerifleet Transportation, Alpharetta, Georgia.

Ron raced with the Sports Car Club of America and qualified for the national runoffs at Road Atlanta in 1992. He was an instrument-rated pilot. Ron loved watching his children and grandchildren participate in sports and dance. He coached boys baseball for many years at Ken Berry. After moving to California, he coached girls' softball with his daughter and son-in-law and was loved by many girls and their families.

Ron is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dixie Heck, his mother Jennie Mae Heck, Junction City; his son Steve (Jan), and granddaughter Abby of Hyde Park, Ohio; his son Brady (Rowena), and granddaughter Azul and grandson McCoy of Agoura Hills, California, and Guanajuato, Mexico; his daughter, Julie Kohno (Doug), and granddaughters, Lola and Kiyomi, and step-grandsons Joshua and Jordan, of Agoura Hills, California; his sister Jolene Thomas (Neil), Phoenix, Arizona, and his brother James Heck, Portland, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his father, McCoy H. Heck, and his brother Jerold L. Heck.

Ron was cremated at Valley of Peace in Thousand Oaks, California, and a celebration of his life was held September 1, 2018 at the home of Doug and Julie Kohno.
Published in Topeka Capital-Journal from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12, 2018
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