ASHTON – Dean S. Heckman, 85, of Ashton, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at Franklin Grove Nursing Home.
He was born Oct. 28, 1928, in Amboy, to Leonard and Fern (Halsey) Heckman. He graduated from Ashton schools and worked for Hodge Electric. He joined the Air Force and was stationed in Ramsgate, England, where he met and married Doris E. Belsey on March 14, 1953. He owned and operated Heckman Plumbing and Heating for 30 years, he then worked for Rochelle Foods until he retired. After he retired, he stayed active by mowing lawns and doing maintenance and custodial work for the church. He always was willing to help anyone in need. He enjoyed workworking, crossword puzzles, and watching sports, and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. His greatest joy was his family, especially watching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren play and participate in sports. He was a part of the American Legion, Ashton United Methodist Church, Ashton Lions Club, Ashton Fire Department, Ashton Business Association, and Rochelle Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3878. He also was a past commander of Ashton American Legion and the Veterans Drivers Association.
He is survived by his loving wife, Doris; his children, Edward (Penny) Heckman of Glendale, Ariz., and Sandra (Donald) Stover and Diane (Bryan) Mamme, both of Ashton; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; brothers, Melvin (Phyllis) Heckman of Atkinson and Ronald (Melba) Heckman of Eureka, Mo.; and sister, Donna (Richard) Stahler of Chesapeake, Va.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Doris Heckman; and son-in-law, Larry Fisher.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Ashton United Methodist Church, 906 Richardson Ave. Visitation also will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday and the funeral at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church. Interment with military honors will be at Ashton Cemetery. Beverage-Lyons Family Funeral Home, 601 Richardson Ave., Ashton, is handling arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to the Veterans Memorial Park in Dixon or Ashton Rescue Squad.
Visit www.beveragelyonsfamilyfh.com to send condolences.