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Richard "Dick" Heller

August 14, 1940 May 23, 2017
Richard "Dick"  Heller
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Obituary for Richard "Dick" Heller

Peoria- Richard “Dick” Joseph Heller passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.

With a twinkle in his eyes and a smile on his face, Dick lived his life committed to faith, family, and friends. Grateful for years of many blessings, including 70+ years of good health, he fought courageously throughout his 5+ year battle with cancer.

Born August 14, 1940, a son of Louis J. and Marie (Burch) Heller, husband of Mary (Carney) Heller, father of Rich, Mike (Renee) and Greg (Krista). Pop Pop of Zach, Luke, Maddie, Andrew, Brady, Charlie, Katelyn, John, Ryan and Lizzie. Brother of Bob (Camille), uncle of Julie (David), Tom, Chris, Kim, Tim, Jenny, Pam (Ted), Jeff and Greg.

Dick graduated Peoria Central HS and Bradley University; he served in the US Army after college. He joined his father and brother in running Heller Distributing until it was sold in 1992. He then partnered with Jane Scott in several retail outlets until he retired in 2010. While keeping a close eye on the bottom line, Dick was an entrepreneur who could outwork everyone else, but do it while treating people with respect. He was a Board member of his home owners association and a member of Northwoods Community Church.

In retirement, Dick enjoyed his time not only with family, but also with golfing pals, whether on the golf course or having lunch at a local restaurant. Many mornings he often shared coffee and “solved world problems” with the guys, first at Lester’s Donuts and lately at McDonalds. In the winter months, Dick and Mary were snow birds in Ft. Myers, FL., with Peoria friends and meeting many new friends. He loved movies and watching sports on television, especially following his Fantasy Football team during football season.

When it became difficult for Dick to be as active as he would have liked, he especially enjoyed the online services of Northwoods Community Church of Peoria, Next Level Church of Ft. Myers, FL., Willow Creek Church of Wheaton and Northpoint Church of Atlanta. This brought him great joy and deep spiritual growth.

We send our thanks to the kind and caring medical staff who have cared for our family over the last few years; Dr. John Shallat, OSF, Mayo Clinic, Surgeons and Sarcoma Team, Illinois Cancer Care, and OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.

Memorial Service for Dick will be held 11:00 AM, Tuesday May 30, 2017 at Northwoods Community Church with visitation from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM. Pastor Dave Bucknam will officiate. Private burial of cremains will be later in the day at Swan Lake Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, Dick would encourage each of you to watch one or more of the weekly sermons that he enjoyed. Donations in his memory may be made to Illinois Cancer Care of Peoria, Northwoods Community Church, or OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com

Previous Events

Visitation

Tuesday

30

May

9:30 AM 5/30/2017 9:30:00 AM - 11:00 AM 5/30/2017 11:00:00 AM
Northwoods Community Church

10700 N Allen Road
Peoria, IL 61615

Northwoods Community Church
10700 N Allen Road Peoria 61615 IL
United States

Memorial Service

Tuesday

30

May

11:00 AM 5/30/2017 11:00:00 AM
Northwoods Community Church

10700 N Allen Road
Peoria, IL 61615

Northwoods Community Church
10700 N Allen Road Peoria 61615 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Swan Lake Memory Gardens Final Resting Place

4601 Route 150
Peoria, IL 61615

4601 Route 150 Peoria 61615 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Northwoods Community Church

10700 N Allen Road
Peoria, IL 61615

OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home

Illinois Cancer Center

8940 N Wood Sage Rd
Peoria, IL 61615
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