Edward Heissler, 89, of Hampshire, Ill., passed away peacefully early Monday morning, Nov. 10, 2014, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family.
Ed was born April 27, 1925, to proud parents Joseph and Marie Heissler. He was raised in the High Lake subdivision in West Chicago, Ill.
Ed attended local schools in West Chicago, finishing his studies at West Chicago Community High School with the Class of 1944.
Edward had a good friend by the name Ted Risch, and it was through him that he met the love of his life, Adele Risch. They were united in marriage on March 26, 1949, at St. Marys Church in West Chicago. Ed and Adele spent 65 beautiful years together. They were blessed with three sons, Edward Jr., Gary and Richard.
The couple spent their first 10 years in West Chicago before selling their pretty home and following Eddie’s dream of owning a farm. They bought a farm on McDonald Road in Burlington Township, Ill., where he lived out the rest of his years.
Ed was a member of the Local 150 Union of Operating Engineers for 69 years. He worked in Chicago during the day, and pursued his love of farming by night.
Ed was a member of many clubs, from the Knights of Columbus to the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club, Will County Threshermans Association, and National Rifle Association, but most dear to his heart was being a member of Saint’s Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Virgil for over 50 years.
In 1955, Ed was at work when he was severely injured in a terrible accident. He was in the hospital for over four months, all while Adele was pregnant with Edward Jr. The accident was so severe that it took Ed Sr. over a year to be able to walk again. But through strength and determination, he did walk again, learning alongside his baby son, Edward Jr.
In 1982, Ed put down his tools and farm equipment to retire. He and Adele bought a place in Osteen, Fla., to spend their winters. While in Florida, Ed continued using his hands, but this time he surprised his family by becoming quite a wood carving artist. His favorite to carve were western characters.
Ed was a lover of music, particularly country western and big band. After retirement, Ed and Adele bought a camper and took many road trips to steam shows.
Ed’s favorite thing were his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He made up for his lack of free time as a young man by doing all he could with his grandkids. He had special nicknames for each one, and enjoyed taking them to for ice cream in Sycamore. He loved to teach them to drive on the golf cart, and in the Model T on special occasions. He would sit through any Disney movie and cartoon just to spend time with them. You could even catch Ed watching a cartoon by himself. Ed is gone from this Earth, but he will never be forgotten.
Ed is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Adele; his two sons, Gary (Lori) and Richard (Cheryl); four grandchildren, Shannon (Matt) Mellin, Lauren (Liberato) Cascone, Erica and Ryan Heissler; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Jeanette Durant; three sisters-in-law, Millie Miller, Linda Grant and Marion Grant; many cousins, nieces and nephews; and a countryside of friends.
He is preceded in death by his son, Edward Jr.; his parents, Joseph and Marie Heissler; his sisters, Loraine Evans and Catherine Perkis; his brother, Joseph Heissler Jr.; and his great friend, Ted Risch.
A visitation will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce, Elburn. A funeral Mass to celebrate Ed’s life will take place on Friday, Nov. 14, at 10:30 a.m., following a brief visitation from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., at Saint’s Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5N939 Meredith Road, Virgil. Burial will follow mass at S.S. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Virgil.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Edwards’s name. Checks may be made to the “S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church ” for the stain glass window project, and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.