Wm. Russel Heitz, 90, St. Anthony

Wm. Russel Heitz, 90, of St. Anthony, passed away at 7 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at North River Health Center in Evansville.

Russ was born in Huntingburg on January 14, 1930, to William and Louise (Pfaff) Heitz. He married Viola “Shortie” Kunkler on June 27, 1953, in St. Anthony Catholic Church.  She preceded him in death on February 7, 2016.

He retired from Central Concrete as a boom truck driver.

Russ was a member of Divine Mercy Parish-St. Anthony Catholic Church and the St. Anthony Community Center.

He enjoyed watching any sporting event and taking long drives trying to find a road he had not been on before. He also liked to hang out at Commercial Truck Sales in Bretzville and Berg’s Garage in St. Marks.

Russ never met a stranger and enjoyed spending time with friends and family. 

Surviving is one daughter, Tonya Wilgus (Rick), Evansville; two grandchildren, Trace Wilgus (Abby) Nashville, Tennessee, and Trev Wilgus (Paige), Manhattan, New York;, two great-grandchildren, Nora Jo Wilgus, and Mack Michael Wilgus; and nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death beside his wife were two sisters, Emmogyne Schwartz, and Patricia Jochem; and one brother, Fred Heitz.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Wm. Russel Heitz will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, and from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. service time on Wednesday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Divine Mercy Parish or to a favorite charity.

Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.


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