A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Stevens Point, with the Rev. Howard Hintzman officiating. Interment will be Valhalla Cemetery in Belleville, Ill., at a later date.
Visitation will be held at Boston Funeral Home in Stevens Point from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, and at the church 10 a.m. Saturday until the service.
Donations may be made to Samoset Council B.S.A. (designating the Camp Tesomas Fund for Ron Heck), 3511 Camp Phillips Road, Weston, WI or to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Stevens Point.
Condolences may be offered online at bostonfuneralhome.net.
Mr. Heck was born July 28, 1931, in Belleville, Ill., a son of the late William and Edna (Ruhl) Heck. He grew up in Belleville, attended the local schools and graduated from Belleville Township High School.
Following high school, he attended McKendree College, graduating in 1955 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He also played in the American Legion Baseball National Tournament.
He was married to Mary Ann Hoeflinger on June 9, 1956, in Belleville, Ill.
After college, he became an insurance adjuster for Western Adjustment Company in Hampton Village, Mo., Centralia, Ill., and the Chicago area.
Following brief employments at Zurich Insurance Co. and Hannover Insurance Group, he moved to Stevens Point in 1971 to take charge of property insurance for Sentry Insurance. He later became corporate property director for Sentry. Among his accomplishments, he helped write Sentry’s Plain Talk homeowners policy. He also spent 15 years on the Property Loss Advisory Board of the Property Loss Research Bureau. He retired in January 1992.
In his spare time, Mr. Heck was involved in model railroading, horseshoe pitching, traveling, camping, reading and sports, especially golf and softball. He had hosted a trivia team for 35 years.
In retirement, he was also a volunteer driver for the Portage County Health and Human Services Department for 10 years. He was a president of Sentry Employees Club in 1975 and past president of Western Loss Association.
He was an adult Boy Scout volunteer for more than 25 years; troop master of Troop 293 from 1975 to 1977; Mushkodany District Commissioner from 1981 to 1985; and Samoset Council Commissioner from 2000 to 2001; was on elder deacon and treasurer at various churches and was Stephen Minister from 2004 to 2009 with St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
From the Boy Scouts, he received the following awards: District Award of Merit in 1983, Woodbadge, Boy Scouts James E. West Fellow in 2008; and Silver Beaver in 1987.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Hoeflinger, Plover; two daughters, Susan (Peter) Fourness, Edgerton, and Julie (Roy) Fonseca, East Peoria, Ill.; one son, Barry (Jane), Middleton; and three grandchildren.