George J. Heider

July 18, 1938 ‒ February 02, 2017

Galion, Ohio

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

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  • I am so sorry Diane and family. My you find comfort in your memories and knowing that George was a good man and will be missed.

  • With Thoughts of Sympathy, Bonnie and I would like express our deepest Condolences to Inga and the entire Heider family. People who’ve lost someone special know that the real grieving begins, not when family and friends are gathered, but later, when everyone has gone back to their own lives. . . Please know, especially then that you are not alone, that those who care for you truly wish to share your thoughts and feelings throughout this difficult time. George was not just a friend but he was like a brother-in-arms. We had many a good time and he will be missed but never forgotten. God Bless the entire Heider family today, tomorrow, and forever. . .

  • Inga and Christine: Sorry for you loss. I’m sure he will be missed. I can remember seeing him at the Activity Center during the Grandkids events. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  • Diane and family, So sorry for the loss of your dad. George was a super person and will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

  • Walter and Betty Seckel
    We send our sympathy to Inga and family. we spent many happy times with George and his family.

  • George was a great person, always quick with a joke to brighten your day, he will be missed by all of us, hugs and prayers to all.

  • Diane, Christine and Family, I am very sorry for the loss of your dad. Thoughts and Prayers go out to you.

  • Inga,

    So sorry to hear about George. Please know you are in our prayers.

    Fred and Judy Unterberger