GLADSTONE - Ernest
, H. Heitman, 84, of 7035 Days River Road, Gladstone, died Saturday morning, Nov. 13, 2004, at the Lake View Assisted Living in Gladstone where he
was a patient since September. Ernie
was born Nov. 22, 1919, in Marquette, the son of Ernest C. and Emma (Boese) Heitman, and was raised in the Marquette area.
...Following his honorable discharge, Ernie continued his formal education and graduated with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton in 1950.He
subsequently relocated to the Gladstone area where he
had resided since. He
married the former Mary Heynssens-Barron June 10, 1967, at the St. Joseph Church in Perkins and Ernie and Mary have enjoyed 37 wonderful years together. Ernie
was employed for Harnischfeger Corporation
in Escanaba for a period of time and later began his
34 year career with Eaton Yale & Towne, Inc.
in Gladstone, retiring in 1984.He was a faithful member of St. Martin Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rapid River where he served as president of the congregation, and he also served as treasurer of the church for many years.In addition, Ernie was active on the Brampton Township School Board for an extended period of time.
enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, working on his
computer, building electronic circuitry, surveying, astronomy, working with refrigeration, and listening to country and western music. Ernie Heitman's
family remember him as a man of few words with a calming personality and as a person who never criticized anyone.
In addition to his
devoted and loving wife, Mary, he
leaves to survive: two sons, William (Linda) Heitman of Rapid River and Danny Heitman of Wells; three daughters, Mary (William) Quackenbush of Copper Harbor, Joan Giels of Gladstone, and Kathleen (Paul) Soucy of Mayville; two stepsons, Tim (Linda) Barron and Jim (Carolyn) Barron, both of St. Nicholas; three stepdaughters, Nancy (David) Skoog of Marquette, Janet (Ray) Stewart of Ripon, Wis., and Diane (Jim) Berlier of Crystal Lake, Ill.; a brother, Marvin (Jackie) Heitman of Marquette; a sister, Gertrude Johnson of Minneapolis; 16 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to his
was preceded in death by his
first wife, Dorothy, in 1959; three brothers, Roy, Erwin and Ellis Heitman; and by two sisters, Irma Plotezka and Hertha Rohl.
The family of Ernest
, H. Heitman will receive friends on Wednesday at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone from 1 to 4 p.m. Services celebrating Ernie's life will follow on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at St. Martin Evangelical Lutheran Church
in Rapid River with Rev. Phillip Paustian officiating.