Ronald F. Heist
Ronald F. Heist, 71, was killed in the Line of Duty on March 20, 2016. He was the loving husband of Janet L. (Wolford) Heist. Ron and Janet celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary on December 14, 2015.
Born October 19, 1944, in York, he was the son of the late Gerald Anthony and Mazie Rebecca (Mickley) Heist.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Ron was a 1962 graduate of West York High School. He retired after 29 years of service with the York City Police Department. He was also employed for 15 years as a Park Ranger for the County of York and was currently a Security Officer with Schaad Detective Agency for 6 years.
His passion was dog training. He was one of the first K-9 unit officers in York City. He trained several of his friends' dogs to Schutzhund III Level and also trained many dogs for the K-9 units for Police Departments. He traveled to many parts of the country for dog trials and had lots of friends in the dog community. He was always willing to help others with their dogs.
Ron enjoyed collecting pocket watches, knives, swords, and Marine Corps memorabilia. He enjoyed long rides in the mountains to walk his dogs. He had a 5th Degree Black Belt in Tai Kwon Do. He made friends everywhere he went. Ron was a member of White Rose Lodge #15, Fraternal Order of Police and the Association of Retired York City Police Officers.
Ron was a husband who loved his wife, father who would do anything for his children, Marine for life "Semper Fi", Police Officer at heart, Passion for Dogs, Loved what he did, and Lived Life to the Fullest.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Timothy and his wife, Dee Deardorff of Mount Wolf, and Michael and his wife, Jill Heist of West York; a daughter, Heather Wantz of West York; five grandchildren, Victoria and Elizabeth Wantz, Brennan and Avery Heist, and Darren and his wife, Alicia Lawrence; and two great-grandchildren, Rhiley and Alixander Lawrence. He is also survived by a brother, Gerald F. Heist of Manchester; and a sister, Lila Holland of Roseville, Calif. He was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Utz Arena of the York ExpoCenter, 334 Carlisle Ave., York, PA 17404. A visitation will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Utz Arena. A Fraternal Order of Police Memorial service will be conducted by White Rose Lodge #15 and Military Honors will be conducted by the York County Veterans Honor Guard at the Utz Arena.
Memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA of York County, 3159 Susquehanna Trail North, York, PA 17406.
"Ronnie to many, Husband to one, Dad to three, Granddad to seven, Loved by everyone. We all will miss you!"
Arrangements by the Etzweiler Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, 1111 East Market Street, York, PA 17403. etzweilerfuneralhome.com