Robert G. Heichel
October 18, 1923 ‒ November 26, 2003
BELLVILLE: Robert G. Heichel, 80, of State Route 97 East, Bellville, died Wednesday night November 26, 2003 in Colonial Manor, Loudonville, following a long illness.
He was born October 18, 1923 in Mansfield to William and Pauline (King) Heichel, and was graduated from Madison High School in 1941.
Robert served with the US Army during WWII with the 672nd Amphibian Tractor Battalion in the Pacific Theater. He was recognized for outstanding service earning an American Theater ribbon, Asiatic Pacific theater ribbon with three bronze stars, and a Philippine liberation ribbon with one bronze star.
He was a life member of Irvin Hiskey Post #535 American Legion, Bellville, and Ontario V.F.W. Post 7651, and a member of William O. Naylor Post #43 AMVETS, Bellville.
An avid reader, Robert enjoyed collecting books and other material concerning WWII, as well as building model airplanes.
A Bellville area resident most of life, he worked as an assembler with the General Motors plant 20 years, prior to his retirement in 1988.
A loving father and devoted grandfather, he is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law Donald and Judy Heichel of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Dan and Kathy Heichel of Bellville and David and Pat Heichel of Lexington; six grandchildren Rob and his fiancée Jennifer, Jim, Todd and his wife Melissa, Melanie and her husband Shevan, Joe, and Troy; three step grandchildren Michelle and her husband Shawn, Deborah, and Tammy; two great grandchildren; three step great grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law William and Diana Heichel of Mansfield; and two sisters Dorothy Ball and Donna Heichel both of Mansfield; and numerous nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy M. (Farst) Heichel on September 15, 2003; an infant son and two grandchildren Scott and Laurie.
The family will receive friends Sunday, November 30, 2003 from 4-7 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Monday at 10:30 am. The Rev. Marilou Brook will officiate. Burial will follow in Little Washington Cemetery, where American Legion Post #535 will hold graveside military honors.
Memorial contributions to the Activities Fund of Colonial Manor may be made at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com