John A. Heist,69,former president of Brooks Laundry in Oak Park, IL died in Florida on Feb. 1. He had been a Central Florida resident since 1931 when he came here to take over groves and packing house as estate trustee and manager of the Lake Carlton Fruit Co. He was a prominent Lake Jem citrus grower and packer.
He was born June 25, 1893 in Chicago, the son of John and Daisy V.(nee Phillips) Heist. He attended Dartmouth college and was graduated from the University of Michigan with the class of 1916. He served as a lieutenant in the army in World War I. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi, Sigma Delta Chi, past president of the Oak Park Rotary club, a member of the the Country Club of Orlando, Leesburg Elks Lodge no. 1703, a Mason, past president of the Mount Dora PTA and past Commodore of the Mount Dora Yacht Club.
In addition to the Lake Carlton Fruit Co. at Lake Jem he was also head of the Carlton Nurseries and Groves at Mt. Dora. He was active in the Florida Citrus Mutual, too. Funeral services were conducted by the Very Rev. Francis Campbell Gray, Dean at Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Orlando at 11a.m. Burial was in Glen Haven Memorial Park.
Surviving are his widow Mrs. Ouida Bennett Heist of Orlando and three children, John K, Ouida Gay and Robert B., and a sister, Mrs. Arch M. Gaskill of Elmhurst.
The family requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Florida Children's Home Society, Jacksonville. Fairchild Funeral Home was in charge.
Dear Grandpa,Ouida is on her way... finally. She has been with you for a long time mentally. I hope she is with you spiritually now as well. Your oldest grand daughter,Stark -
Ouida Stark Brumley Martin Added: Mar. 13, 2013