Robert J. Heeke, 78, Bretzville

HeekeRobert J. Heeke, 78, Bretzville, died Saturday (April 13) at his home.

He was born in Huntingburg on October 15, 1934, to Fred and Anna (Braunecker) Heeke. He married Norma Lee Fischer on June 4, 1960, in St. Meinrad Catholic Church, St. Meinrad. She died January 13, 1975. He married Saravina “Sara” (Denning) Ubelhor on Dec. 3, 1976, in Tell City.

Surviving are his wife, Sara Heeke; four daughters, Patty Mehling, and her husband, Russell, of Bristow, Jackie Merkley ,and her husband, Joe, of St. Anthony, Sandy Begle, and her husband, Jeff, Bretzville, and Paula Roeder, and her husband, Todd, Daphne, Alabama; two sons, David Heeke, and his wife, Sherry, and Duane Ubelhor, Jasper; his mother, Anna Heeke, Tell City; four sisters, Alberta Hanners and Shirley Sullivan, Louisville, Rosemary LaGrange, St. Croix, and Rita LaGrange, Tell City; four brothers, Pat and Jim Heeke of Troy, Francis Heeke, Evanston, and Daniel Heeke, Bristow; 18 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles, Joe and Paul Heeke, and an infant sister, Mary Ann Heeke.

Mr. Heeke retired from JOFCO in Jasper. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony and St. Meinrad Knights of Columbus Council 5599. His hobbies were fishing, gardening, playing horseshoes, woodworking, bicycling and bird-watching.

Funeral services are scheduled at 10 a.m. CDT Wednesday at St. Meinrad Catholic Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 7 p.m. CDT Tuesday and after 9 a.m. CDT Wednesday at the church. Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be shared atwww.becherfuneralhome.com.

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