Roy W. Heckel, 85, of Sandusky, died early Saturday morning, Feb. 2, 2008, at his residence after a lengthy illness.
He was born Feb. 10, 1922, on Kelleys Island, moved to Sandusky in 1939, and graduated from Sandusky High School in 1940. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WW II, serving in the China, Burma, India Theater. Roy was the owner and operator of the former "BeanPot" Restaurant & Motel in Fremont for 13 years. He also was employed as a foreman at the HJ Heinz Company, retiring after 25 years. He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, Sandusky.
He is survived by his wife, Rose (Patton) Heckel, whom he married Aug. 21, 1945; one daughter, Kathryn Haaser of Newark, Ohio; five sons, Allan (Marty) Heckel of Salem, Ohio, Laurence (Pamela) Heckel of Holland, Mich., Richard Heckel and Robert (Paula) Heckel, both of Fremont and Victor (Tamara) Young of Knoxville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Bertha (Maag) Heckel; one sister, Olive Williams; two brothers, Kenneth and Quentin Heckel; and one granddaughter, Amanda Rose Heckel.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Pfeil Funeral Home, Sandusky Chapel, 617 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. The Rev. Donald Brown will officiate. Inurnment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Clyde.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.