Thursday, November 6, 2014

Harry D. Heimburger

GIFFORD – Harry D. "Dee" Heimburger, 75, of Gifford passed away Tuesday morning (Nov. 4, 2014) at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lux Memorial Chapel, 1551 E. Grove Ave., Rantoul. Burial will follow at Eden Park Cemetery, Rantoul.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 Friday evening at Lux Memorial Chapel.
Dee was born March 18, 1939, in Urbana, a son of Harry and Flora (Meece) Heimburger. He married Lillian "Jo" Cole on Aug. 31, 1957, in Kokomo, Ind. She preceded him in death on Jan. 19, 2014.
He is survived by three children, Kenny (Louise Busboom) Heimburger of Rantoul, Rick (Susie Koopman) of Gifford and Rhonda (Michael) Thompson of Gifford; two brothers, Wilbur (Gloria) Heimburger of Gifford and Bill (Jody) Schlueter Sr. of Rantoul; and four sisters, the Rev. Barbara (Ray) Busboom of Gifford, Golda (Dale) Sanders of Arizona, Minnie Burk of Gifford and Betty Vest of California.
Also surviving are six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, a sister and two great-grandchildren.
Dee was a 1957 graduate of Rantoul Township High School. He was a Champaign County sheriff in the early 1960s and then served as Gifford police officer until the early 1990s. He retired from Alloy Engineering and Casting in 1999. He also ran Jo's Hobby Ceramics, Gifford, with his wife for many years.
He was a member of Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite N.M.J. USA 32nd degree at the Valley of Danville Lodge. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge 710, Farmer City.
Dee was an avid fan of NASCAR, the Cubs and Illini, and was known to visit the boat in Peoria occasionally.

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