DIXON – Jerald G. Heaton, 68, of Dixon, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at his home. He and his late wife, Lois, owned and operated Dalke Plumbing and Heating before their retirement in 2002.
Jerald was born May 12, 1944, in Dixon, the son of Glenn and Pauline (Holtzhauer) Heaton. He graduated from Dixon High School, class of 1963. Jerald married Lois G. Cledon on July 22, 1977, in Dixon, and they were married for 34 years. She preceded him in death on March 30, 2012. He was a member of Dixon Elks Lodge Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks 779.
Throughout his life, Jerald enjoyed bowling, golfing, riding his motorcycle, traveling, watching the Chicago Bears, and sports of all kinds. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends. The generosity that poured out of him for others, including family and friends, cannot be easily matched by anyone. Jerald was a remarkably strong and dedicated man, irreplaceable to those whose lives he touched.
He is survived by his stepmother, Frances June Heaton; his sister, Sharon (Jack) Dempsey; his children, Cynthia (Al) Messina, Cindy (Thad) Day, Bill Heaton, Jeff Cledon, and Greg (Lisa) Heaton. Jerald was the loving father of five, but also will be missed by his grandchildren, Danielle (Jeremy) Toms, Andrea (Tim) Pratt, Billy (Jackie) Heaton, Brittany Heaton, Ali and Vincent Messina, Nick and McKenzee Cledon, Autumn and Carlie Day; and his great-grandchildren, Jayden and Lydia Toms, Landon Setchell, Addison and Bryson Heaton, and Taylor Pratt. He also was a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews.
He also was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Scott Porter, pastor of Abiding Word Church in Sterling, officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon.
A memorial has been established.
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