Richard L. Heeg, age 88, of 2001 Riverview Ave., Stevens Point, Wis., passed on to eternal life on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, surrounded by family at St. Michaels Hospital in Stevens Point.
He was born April 28, 1924, in Auburndale, Wis., son of the late William and Margaret (Kohlbeck) Heeg.
He entered the U.S. Navy on Jan. 20, 1943, in Milwaukee. He served as a Motor Machinist Mate 2nd Class.
He received the Victory medal, Asiatic Pacific medal with two stars, Philippine Liberation medal with one star, the Good Conduct medal and the American Theatre Ribbon.
He was honorably discharged on Feb. 12, 1946, at Great Lakes, Ill.
His marriage to Elaine N. Hotchkiss took place on Feb. 18, 1947, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nekoosa. The couple, who were married 63 years, lived in Nekoosa, Berlin and most of their married life in Pittsville, where they raised their family.
They had resided in Stevens Point for more than 10 years.
His wife, Elaine, died March 10, 2010.
He was employed at Brooks Fur Farm in Berlin, Wis., and at the age of 26 he moved to Pittsville as manager of Pittsville Fur Foods. He remained involved in the fur industry until his retirement.
Richard served as alderman and then mayor of Pittsville.
In 1955, he was a charter member of the Pittsville Lions and also founding member of the Pittsville American Legion.
Richard enjoyed family get-togethers, camping, music, dancing, hunting with his sons and grandsons, and attending family sporting events.
Instead of flowers, a memorial in his name will be established at a later date.
Survivors include five children, Conrad (Pamela Kolenz) Heeg of Three Lakes, Pamela (Roger Walker, deceased) (Thomas) Jensen of Stevens Point, John Heeg of Stevens Point, Gregory (Linda Glenn) Heeg of Edgar, and Jeffrey (Pamela Akkerman) of Wisconsin Rapids; 16 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and one brother, William Jr. (Marilyn) Heeg of Nekoosa.
Preceded in death by one infant sister, Margie; four sisters, Lillian Campbell, Jean Smith, Maryn Pagels and Betty Bush; and one brother, Bob Heeg.
A funeral Mass was held Dec. 22, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Jerzy Rebacz officiating. Entombment in Forest Hill Cemetery in Wisconsin Rapids. A rosary was prayed Dec. 21.
For online condolences, please visit www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.
Richard held a deep faith in God and a deep pride in the American flag and his family.