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Blaine E. Heckman Sr., 70, of Brookville, went home to be with his Lord in the early morning hours of Sept. 9, 2013, following a lengthy illness.
Born June 6, 1943, in Punxsutawney, he was the son of John W. and Olive (Snyder) Heckman, the youngest of five children.
His life of 70 years was full of dedication to hard work, but never lacking in joy.
Those who knew Blaine were always cheered by his light-hearted humor.
His entrepreneurial spirit was evidenced by various successful endeavors.
As a young man, he married his Brookville High School sweetheart, Karen Korb, and together they tirelessly ran a dairy farming business in Ohl.
As his family grew, adding two daughters, Valerie (Harry) Latham of Cordele, Ga., and Laura (Chris) Barrett of Pittsburgh, and a son, Blaine Jr. of Sykesville, he expanded his expertise in turning the land to include an excavation contracting business.
A second son, J. Mark (Michele) Heckman of Brookville, was added to the Heckman household as his business grew to cover a 10-county area and to employ more than a dozen men.
Blaine hung up his hardhat and donned a business suit as he pursued a career in the insurance industry, serving as agent and manager for both Prudential and Nationwide for another 25 years.
Also during this time, he put his love of flying to work with an air charter and freight service.
Eventually, the Heckmans gave birth to a fifth child, son Jason (Jessica) Heckman, currently of Pittsburgh.
With his numerous children also came numerous family activities; Blaine served as Cub Scout Webelos leader, youth leader and Sunday School teacher, president of the Band Parents and sponsor of a rec ball baseball team.
He was Past Worshipful Master of Hobah Lodge No. 276 and a lay speaker for the United Methodist Church, in addition to serving in many church offices.
He was a member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Brookville.
Not to be sidelined by retirement, Blaine owned and operated an automotive repair garage for a number of years until his illness.
His favorite hobbies, when he was not spending time with his family, were flying and woodworking.
He belonged to Indiana County Wood Turners, Silver Sneakers Fitness at the Brookville YMCA and the Brookville Community Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Clarence, Willis and William; and a sister, Grace.
He will be sadly missed by Karen, his wife of 51 years; his five children and their spouses; and his eight grandchildren, Megan Letourneau and husband Jim of Valdosta, Ga., Collin Barrett of Seattle, Wash., Krista Latham of Statesboro, Ga., Marla Barrett of Pittsburgh,
Elizabeth Heckman of Brookville, Samuel Latham of Cordele, Ga., Luke Heckman of Brookville and Arden Latham of Cordele, Ga.; and one great-granddaughter, Rilynn Letourneau.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at the McKinney Funeral Home in Brookville.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Brookville, with interment at Ohl Cemetary.