Arnold J. Heeke, 76, Celestine

Arnold HeekeArnold J. Heeke, 76, of Celestine, Indiana, died Friday (March 13) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born in Celestine March 29, 1938, to Urban and Clara (Merter) Heeke.

Arnold retired from Kimball International Laminates in Jasper. He was a member of St. Celestine Catholic Church, was a U.S. Army veteran, and a member of St. Anthony American Legion Post No. 493. He enjoyed going to Holiday World and walking on the Jasper Riverwalk.

He is survived by one daughter, Sheila Neukam and husband John, Huntingburg; three grandchildren, Kendall, Kenzie, and Levi Neukam, Huntingburg; three sisters, Velma Tuell, Haysville, Diane Mitchell and husband Lou, Birdseye, and Mary Henson and husband Mark, Dale; and two brothers, Glen Heeke and wife Brenda, Celestine, and Lenny Heeke and wife Kathy, Jasper.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Minnie Margaret Heeke.

Services at 10 a.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, with burial following in St. Celestine Church Cemetery. Rev. David Darling will officiate. St. Anthony American Legion Post No. 493 will conduct military gravesite rites. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the wishes of the family. Online condolences may be made at

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