John Heil Obituary Death -At 83, John Richard Heil died at the Sangre de Cristo Hospice House in Pueblo, Colorado, on August 24, 2023. Seeing his Lord was possible. In Liberal, Kansas, John was born on September 24, 1939.
Genevieve Heil, 85, died a week later in Pueblo’s Sangre de Cristo Hospice House on August 31, 2023. She was chronically ill. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, welcomes Genevieve on March 23, 1938.
Their sons Larry, John, and Tom Heil predeceased their parents, John and Genevieve Heil. His grandparents are Scott/Nina Ruth Heil, Harold Rawlins, and Hannah/Bill Nace. His siblings are Scott Heil Jr., Bill Heil (Carol), Jack Heil, and Mary (Henry) Rush. Billy Nace is his sister’s brother. Debbie (Mike) Walter, who married John Walter for 63 years, cherishes her parents. John and Genevieve married 63 years.
Nolan Walter (and Annie), Torie Pepper (and Dylan), Anthoni Walter, and Jemma Walter are their grandchildren. Great-grandchildren Arrisa (Dante) Begano, Addie and Connor Nash Chicarelli, Raelee, Cayden and Bailey Walter, July Dunagan, Whitlee and Moxie Pepper, and James Josheph (JJ) Begano. One of their great-great-grandchildren, Moxie Pepper. Genevieve’s sister-in-laws are Norma Heil, Linda Heil, Beatrice Nace, and Richard Nace. Her family includes Kathleen Heil, Ruth Rush, Laura Nitanda, Barbara Zeman, Karen DeZetter, April Rush, Cindy Previte, Lora Bundy, Lavinia Franklin, Chrissy DeCamillo, Patrick and Jordan Nace, and her nieces and nephews.
John Heil was born September 23, 1939, in Liberal, Kansas. His parents were Scott and Nina Ruth Heil. He rode horses and worked on the family farm as a child. Working at the neighborhood grocery store helped his family eat. After graduating from Rocky Ford High School in 1957, he joined the Navy on November 18, 1957. He was discharged after serving with distinction on September 2, 1963. He maintained submarines as a Navy technician. He repaired the USS Nautilus and was one of the first Navy welders of stainless steel. After the Navy, he became a mechanical engineer and built on-site mechanical processing equipment for Tyson Chicken, Sinton Dairy, Jackson Ice Cream, Western Canning, and Green Bay Foods. He prioritized time on the ranch with his grandchildren and son-in-law Mike, but he also enjoyed developing and manufacturing equipment. He enjoyed fishing with his son Tom in his free time. Sometimes they fished overnight. The water would be so black that they would only know their line had fallen if they heard it.