|Birth: ||Jun. 16, 1895|
|Death: ||Jun. 3, 1967|
Served with the 93rd Aero Squadron.
For more on the squadron please see 93rd Aero Squadron website by P. Davidson-Peters
(Information submitted by Karen Phillips #46884884)
Married Virginia Tevis 14 February 1923, Jefferson Co., IN
2 June 1967
Richard C. Heck, Businessman, Dies Suddenly At Age of 71
Richard C. Heck, Madison businessman and veteran Republican, died suddenly at 7:15 p.m. yesterday at his home, 518 E. Second St. He was 71.
A native and lifelong resident of Madison, he had been in business including outdoor poster advertising, tobacco and produce. He was a former Republican county chairman and had been active in that party's politics throughout his life.
He was educated in the Madison public schools, and was a graduate of Madison High School. Following his graduation, he worked for his father, the late Conrad Heck, in the hardware business here in Madison.
He originated the Madison Poster Advertising Company in 1920 and owned and operated the billboard firm until 1946. He then turned it over to his elder son, Richard T. Heck, who lives in Hanover, and has owned and operated the business since that year.
About 1927, in addition to his work in the poster business, Richard C. Heck joined with Boyce Morrow in the operation of the New Mill Street and New Independent tobacco warehouses. In 1934 he sold his tobacco interests to his two sons, Richard T. Heck and John C. Heck. About two years later the two brothers leased the warehouse to Morrow. Both buildings were destroyed by high water several years ago, and following acquisition of the Heck tobacco interests, Morrow erected a new warehouse on the hilltop.
Heck was also in the produce business from 1947 to 1950 with Morrow. The two men operated the Madison Produce Company, a firm dealing with poultry and eggs, located across West Street from the office of The Madison Courier. The firm was sold in 1950.
Heck was an Army veteran of World War I, having served mainly in England and France in the 93rd Aero Squadron.
He served 12 years as county Republican chairman, from 1933 to 1945. He had attended state conventions as a delegate fro many years, including last year, and was a delegate to new national GOP conventions.
A constant help to all Republican candidates, he made only one political race, and was defeated in the fall election of 1962 in his bid for state representative.
He was an active member of the Flood Control and Water Resources Commission for 12 years. His term expired about three years ago, and the commission was disbanded about a year later. It was during his term on the commission that a hearing was held in Madison by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discuss measures of preventing the flash-flooding of Crooked Creek.
Heck was a charter member of Jefferson Post No. 9, American Legion, and served as its second commander, succeeding the late Harry Cope. He was also the drum major of the Legion's Drum and Bugle Corps--an organization which rapidly gained statewide fame.
He was active in the Madison Regatta Association and had previously served as its president. He also served in various other capacities, and was a strong supporter of Miss Madison.
He has been a member of Washington Fire Company No. 2 for many years, serving the local company in many offices. He was one of the unit's oldest members.
He was an active member of the Resurrection Lutheran Church, and at the time of his death was serving as a member of the church's building committee.
He was a past Exalted Ruler of the Madison Elks Lodge, and was a member of the union Lodge No. 2, F. and A. M.
He was the oldest member of Mite Federal Savings and Loan Association, having served as a director since 1931, when the firm was known as Mite Building & Loan Association. He served the association as a secretary for 25 years.
He was elected a director of the Madison Bank & Trust company on Jan. 13, 1953, and has served as a director since that date. He was also a real estate appraiser for that bank.
He is survived by his widow, Virginia Tevis Heck; two sons: Richard T., Hanover; and John C., Clarksville, a daughter, Mrs. Nancy H. Loreaux, Cincinnati; a brother, Conrad J. Heck, and a sister, Miss Clara J. Heck, both of Madison; and five grandchildren.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Vail Memorial Funeral Home, with burial in Springdale Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 p.m. today.
The family has requested that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Resurrection Lutheran Church.
Conrad Heck (1863 - 1936)
Anna M. Richert Heck (1864 - 1937)
Virginia Tevis Heck (1899 - 1993)*
Richard Tevis Heck (1924 - 2005)*
Nancy Jean Heck Loreaux (1926 - 2012)*
John Conrad Heck (1927 - 1987)*
Clara Juliana Heck (1892 - 1979)*
Richard Charles Heck (1895 - 1967)
Albert H. Heck (1901 - 1902)*
Conrad John Heck (1906 - 1979)*
Plot: 3rd grave from south side, West ½, Lot 448, The Elms
Maintained by: Karen Phillips
Originally Created by: Sunnyann
Record added: Jun 04, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91340262