Dan Heil

April 02, 1927 ‒ April 24, 2017

Sunbury, Ohio

Dan Heil, age 90 of Sunbury died early Monday morning, April 24, 2017 at Willowbrook Christian Village in Delaware.

He was born on April 2, 1927 in Columbus, Ohio the son of the late Carl Daniel and Margaret (Kellett) Heil.

Dan was a graduate of Columbus South High School and a Veteran of the United States Army.  He was a member of the 24th Infantry Division that was stationed in Japan during WWII.

On April 17, 1947, he married his childhood sweetheart, Martha J. Roberts in Columbus.  She passed away just a few days shy of their 65th wedding anniversary in 2012.

Dan, along with Martha were founding members of the Sunbury Christian Church in 1956.  The process came full circle just a couple of months ago as Dan was able to attend the groundbreaking on the new church building.  It was a proud moment for him.  As a pillar of the church, Dan was a “longtime Elder and a lifetime hugger”.

His family will remember him as the sweetest, most humble man who had a special way of connecting with people.  Even in the nursing home in Delaware, he had daily visitors to his room.  People would just gravitate towards Dan and his warmth.

Dan will be missed by his daughters Jan Baxendale of Delaware and Sue Boyd and her husband Jim of Sunbury; grandchildren Alison Baxendale, Abigail (Justin) Gianndria, Kelsy (Jeff) Wiggins, and Kory Boyd; and great grandsons J.J. and Julian.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by his sisters Marie Keller, Eleanor Hugonoit, and Helen Maxwell; and son-in-law Ted Baxendale.

Friends may call on the family on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 10-noon and 2-4 PM at the Sunbury Christian Church, 250 Rainbow Ave, Sunbury, OH 43074.  Funeral services will follow at 4 PM with Pastor Mike Bratten officiating.  Private burial will take place at Sunbury Memorial Park.

In Lieu of Flowers please direct memorial contributions in Dan’s name to the church building fund.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Dan’s family.  Special memories and condolences can be expressed to them at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com .

  • Could anyone on earth express the “sweetness” of Christ more eloquently in their personality and demeanor than Dan Heil? When meeting Dan, one first met Jesus, peeling back the layers, one after the other, finding only the character of Christ… humility, graciousness, kindness, goodness; layer after layer… words seasoned with gentleness, love, encouragement and affirmation; more and more layers of Jesus, love of Christ’s Church, its people, its message, its ministries, and the unsaved. Sweet, sweet Dan… Pillar of the Church, faithful, devout, devoted, servant. Saint. My heart is filled with deep sorrow knowing the pain of saying Good-Bye to your Dad and Grandpa, one so beloved. But, I can only imagine the celebration of heaven when Jesus pulled him into His presence. What A tremendous Day of Rejoicing! His Savior, Forever. Dan is part of our family, too, intertwined, and a significant part of our history. And we honor him with our deepest and utmost respect, appreciation and love. On behalf of the Jacobus family, Debbie (Jacobus) King

  • Our condolences and love to Jan and Sue (Jim) and families. He was a wonderful Christian example who always pointed us to be more like Jesus by our actions. I will always remember the praise and encouragement he gave to me. Sweet Martha and Dan, may you rest in peace and joy forever. I will be unable to attend but here are my hugs to you all. Xoxo Love Elaine ( Wolfe).

  • My earliest memories of Dan go way back, probably 1939 or there about, when our family would go visit Uncle Carl and Aunt Margaret. Margaret was a sister to my Grandfather, which made Dan a second cousin. I lost contact with him for 20 years or so until we met again and by his invitation became a part of The Sunbury Christian Church. He was a great example and model of Christian character, both he and Martha. Their influence made a great difference in my life. Maggie and I will certainly miss his friendly hugs and warm smile every Sunday.

  • Sue and Jim

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Joe was at heavens door with open arms to greet Dan, his long time friend.
    We looked forward each Sunday for our hugs loving words Dan always had for us.

    I know your pain of saying good bye to your dad Sue. I’m praying for you and Jim.

    Love you both,

  • Condolences to you and your family, Dan was such a wonderful Christian, always a smile on his face, and a hug for all. He will be missed, but I know he is in a better place. May the light of his glory shine on your family.

    God Bless you all
    Chuck and Cindy Russell

  • I am going to miss your sweet hugs. Prayers to your family.
    Love Jennifer Bullock

  • The South High School Alumni Association and its Board of Directors want to express our sympathy and send condolences at the death of your loved one. Our entire South High School family is diminished by his passing.

  • Very proud to call him my cousin. I can remember Dan as far back as maybe 75 years. My Grandfather and Dan’s Mother were brother and sister so our families visited often when I was growing up. Lost contact with him for maybe 20 years. Reconnected when I moved to Sunbury and he invited us to visit the Church. Dan and Martha were the finest models of Christian living. We will greatly miss his warm greeting and friendly hugs every Sunday. God bless Jan and Sue and all the family.

  • Jan, Sue and Jim and Families, I have fond memories of your father and mother and know that he is going to join her in heaven. Cherish your memories of the great life they had with you.

  • Jan, Sue and Jim and Families, I have fond memories of your father and mother and know that he is going to join her in heaven. Cherish your memories of the great life they had with you.

  • Uncle Danny and Aunt Martha were so loved by our family. If there is fishing in heaven we know he and our dad, Eddie, will be out there laughing and enjoying the bliss of heaven. We send you our deepest sympathies.
    Much love,
    The Rarick family

  • Dear Sue and family so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing and I wasn’t aware of your mom’s….mom and I always loved hearing your mom hits those keys it surely brighten our day…always looked forward to seeing your dad’s smiling face …I have often wondered about them…sorry you have to go thru this my thoughts are with you as always your old friend Beth Ann Williams

  • so sorry for your loss. we are still in florida so will not be able to attend the viewing or funeral but please know you are in our prayers.

  • We send our sympathy to your entire family Dan was a model for all of us. He will be sadly missed thank you for sharing him with all of us.

  • A great man. One who made this world a much better place! So happy that we all had you in our lives.