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John R. Heckman

Published: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 9:16 a.m. CDT

John Richard Heckman, 78, West Frankfort, Ill., formerly of Northern Illinois, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 at 5:20 p.m. at Carbondale Memorial Hospital.

He was born on Feb. 19, 1935 in Polo to Paul and Frances(Schmiedebush) Heckman. 

John was an avid Cubs fan and loved his family dearly.

He also had a “zest” for life and quite a passion for dancing.

He is survived by his four daughters, Rhonda (Steve) Byers, Freeport, Sarah Heckman, Freeport, Donna Leonard, Golconda, and Linda (Jerry) Hose, Polo; seven grandchildren,  Christina (Scott Douglas) Brinkmeier, Ryan (Catherine) Byers, Paul (Tatiana) Terrock, Callie (Chris) Lhost, Liz (Mike) Rummel, Kala (Travis) Bonnell, Jerry Hose II; 12 great-grandchildren, Nathaniel, Jasmynne, Sydney, Milana, Camilla, Dylan, Kylie, Sage, Lauren, McKenna, Natalie, Andrew; two sisters, Bertha Mae (Earl) Jacobs, Harmon, and Carol (Jim) Rogers, Cadiz, Ky; step-daughters, Toni and Linda and families.

John was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Pauline Eddy; and late wife, Judith Wagner Heckman.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Jan.11 from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Polo.

Crain Funeral Home Egyptian Chapel, Energy, in charge of arrangements.

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