Carl R. “Dick” Heil, 92

Carl R. “Dick” Heil, 92, of Cridersville, formerly of Wapakoneta, died at 12:20 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, at Otterbein-Cridersville.  

He was born on Nov. 21, 1918, in Auglaize County, the son of Herbert and Emma (Cook) Heil, and they preceded him in death.  

On July 10, 1945, he married Lanetta Mills, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 4, 1977. On Dec. 22, 1984, he married Mary E. Shaw, and she survives him.

He is also survived by two daughters, Marcia Quellhorst and Anne (Mike) Grove, both of Wapakoneta; four grandchildren, Michelle Quellhorst Scheer, Mark (Nikki) Grove, Gary Grove and Michael (Teena) Grove;    five great-grandchildren; four stepchildren, Donet (Sally) Shaw Jr., Jean Ellen McKinley, Darlene (George Cogar) Shaw and Tom (Andrea) Shaw; six stepgrandchildren, Marvin Shaw, Starla Williams, Beth (Jeff) Spencer, Heather Shaw, Adam Shaw and Regan Shaw; nine great-stepgrandchildren; seven great-great-stepgrandchildren; a brother, John (Wilma) Heil of St. Marys; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Mark Quellhorst; a stepgranddaughter, Cheryl Elliott;  seven siblings, Eleanor Nelson, Elizabeth “Libby” Burden, Juanita “Nita” Heil, Louise Tester, Martha Lauth, Paul Heil and Herbert Heil.

Dick retired as owner of Heil and EisertPlumbing and Heating in Wapakoneta. A U.S. Army veteran, he served during World War II in the Phillipines. For his actions while in service to his country, he received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge.

He was a member of the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Wapakoneta, where he served on the church council and the building committee. He was a member of the Wapakoneta Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8445, the D.A.V., Auglaize County Chapter No. 73 and the Kiwanis, all of Wapakoneta. He loved life, family and friends. He enjoyed traveling, camping and being outdoors and never met a stranger.  

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Wapakoneta, with the Rev. Steven Nelson officiating. Burial is to follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Wapakoneta, where military rites will be conducted by the Wapakoneta Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Bayliff and Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta, and one hour before the service on Monday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Mark’s Lutheran church, to the Disabled American Veterans, to the American Heart Assocaition, to the Arthritis Foundation, to Otterbein-Cridersville, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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