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John  Henry  Heckler
  • I. C. Endowement
    229 W. Anthony St.
    Celina, OH 45822

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“So sorry to hear about John. The Hecklers were always great neighbors, and he was a good man, a good father and a great member of the Celina...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Sue MacDonald - Miami, FL

“We were very sorry to hear of John's passing. We remember many enjoyable times at Bank Parties with John and Ruth. All of you have our sincere...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Ted and Jan Elsass

“I am very saddened to read about John's passing. I have some very fond memories of many good times with John and Ruth. Although at times of sorrow...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Virgil Lochtefeld and Carol - FL

“I am so sorry to hear of Johns passing. May he be a peace and no more pain. I am glad I had a chance to speak briefly with him on Wednesday before...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Amber Slusher , physical therapist assistant

“We are saddened to hear of John's death. I have so many fond memories of the times we all spent as neighbors. John and Ruth were so much fun and...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Denny and Colleen Faller - OH

“Surprise to read of John's death. He was a pleasant person to be around and I enjoye talking to him in the nursing home. He was a very caring man...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Roger Stoll - Celina, OH

“Our sincerest sympathies in your time of loss. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Precision Dialogue - Cleveland, OH


John Henry Heckler, age 86 of Celina, Ohio passed away at 4:35a.m. on Friday November 22, 2013 at the Celina Manor Nursing Home in Celina. John was born on Nov. 13, 1927 in Celina, Ohio to the late Roman & Anna (Anthony) Heckler. On Sept. 2, 1950 He married Ruth Boeckman, who died in 1996. Survivors include his children Peg & Jerry Coate of Celina, Joan & Robin Huelsman of Celina, Steve & Sandy Heckler of Celina, Roger Heckler of Celina, Sharon Heckler of Celina, Lisa Adkins of Centerville, 13 grandchildren, 14 Great Grandchildren, Son-in-law Dale & Paulette Sommer of Celina, sister Mary "Trudie" & Henry Lefeld of St. Henry and his companion Esther Borger of Celina. John was preceded in death by his daughter Nancy Sommer and two infant sisters Ann Rose Heckler and Teresa Heckler. John graduated from the Immaculate Conception Catholic High School with the Class of 1945. He was a Life Member at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Celina, where he was an Usher, Adult Altar Server, Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and helped with the Religious Education Program. John served his country in the U.S. Navy on the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier from 1945-1946 and served in the navy Reserves until 1954. He was a member of the Celina American Legion Post # 210, Past Commander in 1953 and initiated the Drill Team for Military Honors in Celina. He was also a member of the V.F.W. Post 5713, Moose Lodge and Celina Knights of Columbus Council #1800. John was a volunteer firefighter in Celina. He was formerly employed at Heckler Hardware Store in Celina, then managed the Amstutz Poultry Farm and retired in 2012 from Wolfe Tire on his 85th Birthday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30a.m. on Tuesday Nov. 26, 2013 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Celina, with Fr. Kenneth G. Alt C.PP.S. officiating. Burial will follow in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery in Celina, with Military Honors. Friends may call from 2-8p.m. on Monday Nov. 25, 2013 and from 9-10 on Tuesday at the Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home in Celina. American Legion and V. F.W. membership services will be held at 7:00p.m. and Knights of Columbus membership services will be held at 8:00p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Home Health & Hospice or Immaculate Conception Endowment Fund. Condolences may be left at LHDfuneralhome.com.