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Walter A Heitkamp

Walter Heitkamp, 77, of Mesa, AZ, formerly of  Payne passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014 in Phoenix.

Walter was born in Fort Recovery,  on November 15, 1937, a son of the late Veronica (Dues) and William  Heitkamp.

He was a 1955 graduate of Fort Recovery High School;  a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, the Knights of Columbus and the Adams Twp. Fire Dept. from 1968-1973. Walter worked at Fort Wayne Newspapers as a composing room machinist for 18 years then with Linotype Div. of Heidelberg USA. He retired Dec. 31, 1999 after 20 years of service, but loved farming with the Yearling Family for 46 years. In Mesa, AZ he worked part time at Home Depot and volunteered at Mount Vista Hospital.

On June 22, 1957 he married Virginia Barth.  

Walter will be sadly missed by his wife, Virginia of Mesa, AZ; children Kim (Mark) Goodspeed of New Haven, IN, Ruth (Steve) Woods of Monroeville, IN & David (Sonya) of Mesa; sisters-in-law, Pat (the late Ned) Kuhn of Minster, Doorothy (Warren) Musser of Lima, Judy Williams of Illinois & Susan Sayer of New Jersey; 5 grandchildren & 2 great grandsons.

He was also preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Richard Barth.

Viewing is Wednesday, 5 to 7:30 pm, with the rosary recited at 7:30 pm at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, where viewing is also, Thursday, 9-9:30 am.

Funeral Mass at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne, at 10 am on Thursday, December 11th.

He will be laid to rest at St John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials are for Masses.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com  

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TABLE BASKET was sent by Karl R. Renz III.

My prayers and thoughts are with all of you this day.

KARL RENZ Dec 8 2014 12:00 AM

Aunt Ginney, Kim, Dave, Ruth and families:
We are very saddened by Uncle Walt's passing.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.  We are so happy to have spent a few hours with him recently.  We know he will be missed by everyone.

Jayne and Ron Dec 8 2014 12:00 AM

Ginny and family, Walt has been here since 1965 with my family. I don't remember a time when he wasn't here. What a pleasure to have known him. Such a harder worker and fit for his age. Hard to believe he is gone. He was such and encourgement to me in later years farming on my own. I will miss him deeply. Oh the joy he must feel now. Rest in peace (termite) Gods love to you all, Jack Yearling

Jack Yearling Dec 8 2014 12:00 AM

Dear Genny and Family, We are saddened to hear of Walter's passing. Leo enjoyed knowing him through the K of C in Payne. May God bless you as you go through this trying time. Sincerely, Leo and Garnett Beagle

Leo and Garnett Beagle Dec 7 2014 12:00 AM

Dear Virginia and family,
I just received word of Walter's death and was stunned! He/you were on my mind the past two weeks since I arrived back home here in Mesa and I was wondering in my mind, how you two were, etc. etc. thinking that prior to Christmas, I'd be 'out' your way for a visit....the kind we had back in April of this year prior to my returning to Payne for the summer.  I'm so sorry for your loss and saddened that like so many, I didn't get to have that one last 'visit'.  He was a good man and I thank God for having had the opportunity to know him.  

May God comfort you and give you peace at this most difficult time.  With my/our sympathy. Jim and Vicki Hooker, Mesa, AZ

Jim Hooker Dec 5 2014 12:00 AM

Ginny and family,

Our deepest sympathy is extended to you and your family in Walt's death.
We will always remember our get togethers in Sebring with Virgil and Irene.
We had some very good times.  He will be missed.

Judy & Dennis

Dennis and Judy Dillhoff Dec 5 2014 12:00 AM