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Blairstown Press; November 4, 1938
B. F. Heck Dies In McAllen, Tex.
Benjamin Franklin Heck

Funeral Services Will Be Held In Blairstown Saturday.

Word was received by relatives Wednesday informing them of the death of B. F. Heck, 65, at McAllen, Texas. Mr. Heck was a former Blairstown resident and a prominent farmer in this vicinity until failing health caused his retirement several years ago. Since that time Mr. and, Mrs. Heck have spent, the winter months in either Florida or Texas.

Funeral services are to be held in Blairstown Saturday at the Presbyterian church and the Masonic rites will be used.

B. F. Heck was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ruebon Heck of Blairstown. He was born and educated in this community. With the exception of two years spent in Iowa City while his daughter was taking nurses training at the University hospital, he has spent their lifetime here. He is survived by his widow, the former Mabel Clewitt, one daughter, Mrs. Leo Chess of Reed City, Mich., and one granddaughter. Two brothers, Pert and Milo Heck of Cedar Rapids also survive.

{Submitter comment: B. F. Heck is Benjamin Franklin Heck, son of Reuben Heck and Samantha Rupert.}
Submitted on Jul 3, 2006 by
John Shuck, jshuck@rocketmail.com


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Blairstown Press; December 10, 1920
Death of Earl Heck
Earl William Heck

Former Resident of Blairstown and Van Horne Buried According to Masonic Rites.

Word has been received here of the death of Earl Heck. While on his way to points in Ill., he was taken ill on the train and at Kansas City was taken off and rushed to a hospital but failed to respond to treatment and passed away in a short time. The body was taken to Twin Falls, Idaho, the home of his parents, for interment. The young man was the third son of Mr. and Mrs. Emmerson Heck, former residents here and Van Horne and was a nephew of Alex Clewett and Frank and Milo Heck. One year ago he was discharged from the United States Navy after a service of nine years.

At the beginning of the war, his time having expired, he re-enlisted for the duration of the war. He had reached the age of thirty-three years and was unmarried. He was a Mason and buried according to the Masonic rites. Many here remember him as a young lad and extend their heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved parents.
Submitted on Sep 9, 2005 by
John Shuck, jshuck@rocketmail.com


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Death of John Heck
John Heck

John B. Heck was born in Beaverhead county, Montana, Nov. 7, 1884. He came with his parents to Iowa in the fall of 1889, settling in Blairstown where he continued to reside until called into the great beyond. About one week ago he was stricken with influenza which soon developed into a complicated condition from which there seemed to be no relief. He failed rapidly till Saturday evening when he passed quietly away at the age of 34 years, 2 months and 11 days.

He was united in marriage to Amanda Sanderson of this place, November 28, 1906, who together with his father, mother, two brothers, one sister, Alvin R. and Mrs. Laura Christisen, of Blairstown, and Arthur D., in the U.S. Navy, survive to mourn his death.

Submitted on 21-Jun-2010 by
Colette, colette@netins.net


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Blairstown Press; January 7, 1944
Native of Blairstown Dies In Cedar Rapids
Milo A. Heck

Relatives and friends have received word of the death of Milo A. Heck at his home in Cedar Rapids, Friday, Dec. 31. Although Mr. Heck had resided in Cedar Rapids for the past 15 years he was born in Blairstown Nov. 6, 1879. He was married to Flora E. Dickenson Oct. 7, 1900. He was a graduate of Cornell college at Mt. Vernon and a member of the Presbyterian church. For many years he operated a farm south of Blairstown.

He is survived by his widow, five sons, Miles of Belle Plaine, Parker of Omaha, Neb., Donald and Harold of Cedar Rapids, and Leo in army service somewhere in Australia. A daughter Mrs. Helen Carpenter of Cedar Rapids, 13 grandchildren and a brother, Reuben of Cedar Rapids.. Funeral services were held Monday at 4 p.m. in the Turner chapel in Cedar Rapids and burial was in Cedar Memorial cemetery in Cedar Rapids.

{Submitter comment: Not related}
Submitted on Dec 9, 2006 by
John Shuck, jshuck@rocketmail.com


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Blairstown Press; November 25, 1938
Last Rites For Russell M. Heck
Russell Mark Heck

Former Blairstown Man Is Suffocated By Fire, Smoke.

Word has been received by relatives of the death of Russell M. Heck who succumbed to suffocation from smoke and heat Sunday Nov. 13, at rilroy, Calif. Mr. Heck, acting as a volunteer fireman was helping fight the flames which destroyed the Gilroy Methodist church.

Mr. Heck was 36 years of age and was the father of two small children, Marjorie 8, and Kenneth 4. Born in Blairstown he was the son of the late Emerson Heck. Recently be has been engaged in the restaurant business with his father-in-law, Horace C. Hazelwoood.

Funeral services were held Wednesday Nov. 16, at Battersby's Gilroy Funeral Home. Rev. J. Melvin Nelson officiated at the chapel service. At the I. 0. 0. F. cemetery where interment was made, officers of the Gilroy Volunteer Fire department conducted services and members of the department acted as pallbearers.

{Submitter comment: Russell Heck is the son of Isaac Emerson Heck and Margaret Lockie.}
Submitted on Jul 3, 2006 by
John Shuck, jshuck@rocketmail.com


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