In memory of
Jerry W. Heeter
Jerry W. Heeter Sept. 29, 1948 - Jan. 12, 2017 ELKHART - Jerry W. Heeter, 68, of Elkhart, passed away on Thursday morning January 12, 2017 at home after an extended illness. Jerry was born in Elkhart on September 29, 1948 to Max and Mildred (Shriner) Heeter. He was married on May 4, 1968 in Elkhart, to his wife of 48 years, Frances Krazit. In addition to his wife, Jerry is survived by two daughters, Stacy (Kyle) Notestine of Naperville, IL and Julie Heeter of Elkhart and three granddaughters; Lauren, Holly, and Sydney; sister, Sarita (Dominic) Cataldo, and half-sister, Sharon (Peter) Strachan and two step-sisters, Nan (Keith) Davis and Judy Jones. He was preceded in death by his parents and step mother, Evelyn Heeter. He joined the Army in November of 1968 where he proudly served until October 1971. He came home to work for Levy's Furniture where he did repair work that led to opening his own business Heeter Furniture Repair & Upholstery in 1973 for 28 years, later he drove trucks for Cover Master and the Tag Industries until 2009. Jerry spent many years camping with his family and friends and later onto the ball fields where he enjoyed coaching his daughters' softball teams where he also served as President of Osolo Little League. As the kids grew he continued his time at the fields as an umpire for Little League Baseball and Softball. He later returned to the softball fields as a fan where he watched and cheered on his three granddaughters and in the gyms for volleyball and many others sports they participated in. Jerry's family will honor and remember him with a Celebration of Life Service at Billings Funeral Home, of Elkhart, beginning with a visitation on Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 3-6 p.m., followed by a funeral on Monday, January 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation 1 hour prior. Pastor Don Billey will officiate. Burial will take place at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Osceola, with Military honors rendered by the US Army Funeral Honor Guard and Elkhart DAV #19. Memorial donations may be given to Heartland Hospice, 826 West Edison Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545 or American Lung Association, 115 W. Washington St., Ste. 1180-S, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Please visit www.biillingsfuneralhome.com to share memories or condolences with Jerry's family.
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