Bernard D. “Bernie” Heichelbech, 93, Jasper

Bernie HeichelbechBernard D. “Bernie” Heichelbech, 93, of Jasper, died Wednesday (November 26) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. He was born in Dale July 18, 1921, to Aloysius and Magdalena (Wahl) Heichelbech. He had two marriages. He married Maxine Hopper December 31, 1945, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper. She died March 7, 1978. He married Sharon Atkinson July 24, 1978.

Bernie owned and operated R&H Mining Inc., Heichelbech Brothers Trucking Inc., and Jasper Electric Machine Company for many years. He was a World Waqr II Army Air Corp veteran, a member of the 402nd Fighter Squadron of the 370th Fighter Group of the 9th Air Force. He flew a P38 fighter in over 60 combat missions commencing on D-Day and continuing until the conclusion of the war. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, American Legion Post No. 147, V.F.W. Post No. 673, the Jasper Moose, Jasper Knights of Columbus, and the Ireland Sportsman’s Club. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, golfing, and spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Heichelbech; one daughter, Linda Berry and husband, Tom, Evansville; one son, Steven “Pete” Heichelbech and wife Lauren, Ireland; one step-son, Mark Atkinson, Haysville; one sister, Louise Mehringer, Evansville; five grandchildren, Nick and Jon Berry, and Kyle, Cole, and Klint Heichelbech; one step-grandchild, Nathanual Atkinson; and 18 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and his first wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers; Martin, Charles, and Matthew Heichelbech, four sisters; Catherine Giesler, Agnes Mehringer, Lillian Patton, and Mary Heichelbech, and one granddaughter Courtney Heichelbech.

Services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. V.F.W. No. 673 will conduct military gravesite rites. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Church or a veterans organization. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

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