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Heding, Robert B.

Robert B. Heding, 91 years, of Oshkosh and formerly of Union Center, passed away on Monday, September 24, 2012, at the Aurora Bay Care Medical Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

He was born on March 22, 1921, to Harry W. and Leila (Thompson) Heding and grew to adulthood at Union Center. He graduated from the Elroy High School and later attended UW-Madison.

Robert was united in marriage to Donna Belle E. Bladow on September 8, 1945, in Elroy. They moved to Oshkosh in 1949, where he worked for the Department of Natural Resources for 41 years. He became a land acquisition specialist and his legacy is known for the land program he started for trout stream improvement. He was written about in Outdoor Life and was inducted into the Trout Unlimited Hall of Fame. Robert was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Zor Shrine.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Belle; three daughters, Danna (Steven) Winfield of De Pere; Roberta (David) Zerjav of Green Bay; and Ruth (Herbert) Hertel of Appleton; seven grandchildren, Kimberly, Chris, Chad, Rob, Curt, Adam and Josh; 12 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Geraldean Heding of Union Center; and a special cousin, Joan Hannawell of Wauwatosa. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Jeanne Hilgert and an infant sister; and four brothers, Howard, Kenneth, Donald and Harry G. Heding.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, September 28, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 125 Royall Avenue in Elroy, with Pastor Jean Schmidt officiating. Private family burial will be in the Elroy City Cemetery. Friends may call at the Church on Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospital in Robert's Memory. The Picha Funeral Home in Elroy assisted the family, for online information go to

Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Sept. 27, 2012
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