Dr. Kermit R. Heidt, 91, of Lima, died at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at the rehab center at Shawnee Manor Nursing Home, surrounded by his family.
He was born on April 23, 1921, in New Knoxville, to Henry and Lydia Schroelucke Heidt, and they preceded him in death.
On April 8, 1972, he married Virginia L. “Ginny” Gruebmeyer, and she survives in Lima.
He is also survived by two stepsons, Lee (Margaret) Fledderjohann of Worthington and Paul (Debbie) Fledderjohann of Akron; a brother, Donald (Carol) Heidt of New Knoxville; a sister-in-law, Madella Heidt of New Knoxville; a sister, Grace Klopfenstein of St. Marys; four grandchildren, Lisa Fledderjohann, Laura (Adam) Fox, Heidi (Andy) Sluss and Eric (Amanda) Fledderjohann; six great-grandchildren, Ella Fledderjohann, Chloe Fox, Isaac Sluss, Luke Sluss, Colin Fledderjohann and Kaitlin Fledderjohann.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Vernon (Dorothy “Dot”) and Melvin Heidt; an infant sister, Marion Heidt; a brother-in-law, Earl Klopfenstein.
He was a 1939 graduate of New Knoxville High School.
He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, serving from 1942 to 1945 as an aircraft inspector in the Pacific Theater.
He was a 1951 graduate of The Ohio State University and completed his doctorate in veterinary medicine. He owned Heidt Veterinarian Hospital for 53 years, retiring in 2004. He was a member of First Evangelical & Reformed Church, where he served as a deacon for several years. He was a member of Fort Amanda Lodge 709 Free & Accepted Masons and the Grand Lodge of F&AM for more that 50 years. He was a life member of Lima Noon Sertoma Club, where he had served as president and only missed one year of working the annual Pancake Day. He was a longtime member of the Table of Wisdom.
He was a member of the Lima Farmers Club, where he had served as president, the American Legion, the OSU Alumni Association and the Ohio State and American Veterinary Medical associations. He had been a member of the Lima Veterinary Association/Lima Area Academy of Small Animal Medicine, where he had served as president. He was a charter member of the National World War II Monument.
He will be remembered as a dedicated husband, a loving stepfather and a caring grandfather and great-grandfather.
Services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Shawnee Chapel, with the Rev. Ed Rinehart officiating. Burial will be held in Pilger Ruhe Cemetery in New Knoxville, with military rites by American Legion Post 444.
Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour before services Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Evangelical & Reformed Church, 320 W. Wayne St., Lima, Ohio, 45801, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be left at Chiles-Lamanfh.com.