George J. Heider
July 18, 1938 ‒ February 02, 2017
George J. Heider, 78, of Galion passed away Thursday, February 2, 2017 surrounded by his family at home.
He was born July 18, 1938 in Sabarton, West Virginia and was the son of the late Theodore and Frances (Mennit) Heider. George is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ingeborg “Inga” (Piehler) Heider who he married on May 9, 1964.
He was a graduate of the Valley Forge High School in Cleveland and later received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the North Western University in 1960. George proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He worked for the former ITT in Cleveland, Peco II and ITT/North Electric in Galion, Globaltron in Mansfield, Reliance Electric, Dyn Arabia in Saudi Arabia, served as a Middle East consultant in Kuwait, ITEC in Pakistan, was a Vice-President of ITEC in Venezuela and previously worked as a Deputy Sheriff for the Crawford County Sheriff Department.
George was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Galion, American Legion Scarbrough Post 243 of Galion, VFW Post 2920 of Crestline, the Galion Eagles Squadron Model Airplane Club, where he enjoyed building model airplanes. He was active in the Revolutionary War reenactment with the Colonel Crawford Regiment. George was proud to serve with the Galion/Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail honoring his fallen comrades at graveside services. He was a master of all trades and could fix anything.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two daughters, Diane (Michael) Brown and Christine (Bill) Jilek all of Galion; his seven grandchildren, Cassandra, Amanda, Brittany, Aaron, Mitchell, Nicholas and Brianna; his six great-grandchildren, Austin, Rebecca, Maci, MaKenzy, Jace and Aaven; his brother, Ted (Sherry) Heider of Valley City, Ohio and a close cousin Ron (Linda) Gyurke of Galion.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833. A Vigil service will be held Sunday during calling hours at 3:30 p.m. with Rodney Gyurke officiating. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 6 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 135 North Liberty St. Galion with Father Paul Fahrbach as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Army and Galion Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail.
Memorial contributions may be made to Galion/Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail in care of the funeral home.
Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of George Heider, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.
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