Gerald “Jerry” W. Heiman, 81 of Altoona passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at The Classic at Hillcrest Greens in Altoona.
Jerry was born on January 2, 1935 to John and Frances (Modl) Heiman in Eau Claire. Sixty years ago on August 5, 1956, Jerry married his sweetheart, Betty Parizo. In his younger years, he loved to compete in ski jumping and stock car racing. He enjoyed spending time golfing with his friends and also loved to watch the Packers and Badgers play football, while snacking on his favorite cheese, salami and crackers. As a young man, he worked for Standard Parts and then Automotive Machines. Later, Jerry managed and ran two gas stations. His passion and love for helping people led him to a career change and Jerry’s Recycling was developed. If you had junk, Jerry was there to haul it away!
Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Betty; sons, Brock (Janice) of Brooklyn Park, MN, Grant (Kim) of Fall Creek, and Clint (Christy) of Eau Claire; grandchildren, Garret (Gwen) Heiman, Jayde (Jake) Redetzke, Breanna Heiman, Mackenzie Heiman, and Katelyn Heiman; brother, Steve (Marty) Heiman of Eau Claire; sisters, Janet (Dean) Huus of Remer, MN, Diane (Bob) Olitz of Strum, WI, and Sharron (Bernie) Gavre of Eau Claire; sister-in-law, Jean (Don) Ginder of Eau Claire; and many nieces and nephews.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, John and Frances (Modl) Heiman, brother, Jackie Heiman; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy (Marvin) Johnson; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ethel (Darrel) Synder; and grandchildren, Victoria, Douglas, and Joshua Heiman.
Funeral services will be on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm at Smith Funeral Chapel. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am up to the time of service at the funeral home on Monday. Burial will be at Rest Haven Cemetery following the services.