Gene Heimberger

December 19, 1942 ‒ March 28, 2021

Loudonville, Ohio

Gene Heimberger, 78, of Loudonville, OH went to be with the Lord on March 28, 2021, after a valiant battle with cancer.

Gene was born on December 19, 1942, to Kenneth and Bessie Heimberger of Loudonville.

He graduated from Loudonville High School in 1960.

He was a successful entrepreneur his entire life. He began selling horseradish root to his neighbors at the age of 11, and by age 16 bought his first truck which he used to sell firewood. He later opened up Gene’s Paint and Wallpaper in Loudonville. He went on to become the owner of his own body shop, salvage yard, and used car lots – Gene’s Body Shop and Loudonville Motors in Loudonville, and J.A.D.E. Motors in Ashland. In 1980 he decided to do something different and became the owner of the VIP Steakhouse and Lounge while also running The Mohican Peddler where he sold discount goods and held auctions – both in Loudonville. He continued with his wholesale business, and started Box Lots offering discount goods, with a location in Loudonville and eventually in Wooster. Along with Box Lots, he opened Shirley’s Country Kitchen in Loudonville. He later opened a 99¢ Store and his Clothing Store, both in Loudonville. He transitioned his selling talents and ran a successful Ebay store into 2021.

He leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Shirley Heimberger. His five children, Brad (Sherry) Heimberger of Loudonville, Greg (Starla) Heimberger of Burbank, Shelly Martin (James Fuentes) of Virginia Beach, Allen (Katrina) Heimberger of Loudonville, and Angie (Eric Fulton) Heimberger of Loudonville. His eight grandchildren, Heather Heimberger-Artrip, Bradley Heimberger, Megan Stamen, Kirsten Duke, Michael Martin, Ally Heimberger, Makayla McFarren, and Morgan McFarren. His seven Great-grandchildren, Kylene, Kaydence, Alex, Tayson, Wyatt, Ava, and Harrison.

Gene was a pillar in the village of Loudonville. He helped many people begin their own businesses including his children. He will be missed by many friends, former employees, and business acquaintances. He gave words of wisdom and advice to all who would listen to him. What you chose to do with that advice was up to you.

He had many hobbies and interests, including a racing team that started in the late sixties, called The Dodge Boys. Whether it was fast cars, building his own home, demolition derbies, wood working, playing cards, a conversation with American Pickers, or just enjoying time with family and friends, he was always moving forward keeping an eye open for any great opportunity.

He was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Bessie Heimberger, his brother Roger Heimberger and a grandson Nicholas Heimberger.

No services will be held. If you would like to send your condolences to Shirley or the family, please send them to P.O. Box 65 Loudonville. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to LifeCare Hospice in Wooster, 1900 Akron Rd.

Snyder Funeral Home-Lindsey Chapel is honored to serve Gene’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

  • Condolences to the Heimberger family. Gene’s intelligence, unique personality and friendly demeanor were admirable. He possessed remarkable entrepreneurial talents and had the ambition to pursue many diverse projects. I appreciate the favors and advice that Gene gave me and will miss a friend and good person. RIP Gene.

    Dave Carroll

  • I have very fond childhood memories of going into the VIP Steakhouse and Lounge and Uncle Gene would set me up with a Nehi Peach and a handful of red painted quarters. I would take the quarters (which he knew he would get back) and my Nehi to the back where I would be extremely content as I would play pinball and video games for hours all on my uncle’s dime (or quarter).

    RIP Uncle Gene

  • I am so sorry for your great loss Shirley & kids. He was a great guy and friend. He was a great boss when I worked for him at the Village Inn. He will be missed by so many people.Prayers and comfort for all of you.

  • Prayers and sympathy. The whole family was a great asset to the community.
    The old Arcade Gang
    Jane Shaffer and the Odenkirk Kids

  • My condolence to Brad and to all of the Heimberger family. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow. I often recall with fond memory the many times going to the Village Inn with my grandmother Avis Stumbaugh. God bless you all. Rest in peace Gene.

  • To Gene Heimberger Family I was terribly saddened to hear about Gene. Wishing you, Gene’s family, peace and comfort. Gene and I grew up together going to the same Sunday school and church together. My grandmother Redd was dear friends with both Kenny and Bessie. Gene and I had many adventures together. As Gene was one year older than me he took me many places in his ‘pride and joy” pick-up truck. In later years when Gene had an upholstering business I always took my work to him as he was a great craftsman. When I had the Blackfork Inn I bought the old cement plant on Spring St. from Gene on land contract using my beloved Thunderbird as a down payment. Shortly thereafter, I filed bankruptcy and signed papers giving the cement plant back to Gene. Whenever I was in town I would try to see Gene to say hello. I will truly miss my longtime friend. With deep sympathy, Joe Pittinger

  • Angie and family, we are so sorry to hear about your dad. May you all find peace and comfort in your memories.
    Mark and Tara

  • May the peace of the Lord be with you all during this sad time. But may we rejoice in the fact that Gene is no longer in pain but in heaven with the Lord and the rest of his family. Gene was such an amazing guy who also helped me in my time of need and gave me a job when I was down and out. I am forever grateful for his kindness. Every time I was in town and saw him he made a point to say hi and have a delightful conversation with me. He will be greatly missed by many. Hugs to all the family.

  • Bob & I wish all of you in the Heimberger family – especially Shirley, God’s blessings as you relive all the fond memories and love you shared. Gene was a ” fixture” on Main Street who could always be found on the sidewalk talking to other merchants and customers with his words of wisdom and great stories to share. Prayers for all of you.

  • Gene was one of loudonvilles best he will be missed by many Prayers to all heimberger family Ron & Becky Wise

  • Prayers to Shirley and Family. A great man has went home. We all Loved him. He helped everyone in one way or another. He will be greatly missed by Loudonville.

    Jim & Lori Schrack

  • I am so, so sorry for your loss. Gene was a remarkable man. We were in school at the same time he was 2 years older than me. He loved teasing me because i am so short. Loudonville will surly miss him!!!
    May God wrap his arms around you all and hold you all next to His heart.

  • I cannot mention Gene without smiling. He has always been a part of my life. Such a unique guy! He could do anything. Hugs to Shirley and the kids

  • Our deepest condolences to the Heimberger family. We always enjoyed talking with Gene whenever we ran into him. Sincere!y,. Bob and Jodi Davis

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