Harry S. Heiden, 84, Altamont

Harry Samuel Heiden, 84, of Altamont, died at 2:10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Altamont, with the Rev. Mitchell E. Schuessler officiating. Burial with military rites was in Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery, Altamont. Visitation was held on Thursday evening at Kull Funeral Chapel in Altamont and before services on Friday at the church. Memorials: Immanuel Lutheran Church Parish Hall building fund, Lutheran Care Center or donors choice.

Mr. Heiden was born on Dec. 18, 1923, in the rural Bethlehem Community near Altamont in Effingham County, the son of Henry and Hattie Voelker Heiden. He married Gertrude Evelyn Milleville on June 19, 1949, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, with the Rev. John Meyer officiating.

Mr. Heiden and Roy Schultz formed a partnership in the heating and plumbing business in 1954, after working for Grobengieser Sons, and this business was operated at R&H Plumbing and Heating until the business was sold and Mr. Heiden retired in January 1991. He served in the Navy aboard the USS Boxer, receiving an honorable discharge in 1947. he was a member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, serving as an elder, trustee and usher. He was a volunteer fireman with the Altamont Fire Protection District for more than 37 years, and served as an assistant fire chief. He was also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7676 of Altamont.

He is survived by his wife; son, David Heiden and his wife Betty of Altamont; daughters, Diane and her husband Dale Wetherell of Stewardson, Janice and her husband Jim Eckers of Las Vegas, Nev., and Judy and her husband Dennie Morrison of Noblesville, Ind.; sister, Gertrude Goers of Altamont; grandchildren, Kristin Heiden, David Wetherell and his wife Laura, Zachary Wetherell and his wife Brittney, Timothy and Joshua Payne, Christine and her husband John Wood, Brian Morrison, Annika Morrison; great-grandsons, Xavier Roberts and Jayden Wood; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother in infancy and a brother-in-law, Norman Goers.

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