Lawrence Eleazer Heckler

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Lawrence Eleazer Heckler

West Baden Springs, Orange County, Indiana, USA
Death 16 Dec 1972 (aged 69)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Plot Garden of Serenity - Section E, Lot 409, Grave #2
Memorial ID 74794258 · View Source
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My grandfather, Lawrence Eleazer Heckler was born to Albert Wesley and Maggie (Mitchell) Heckler in West Baden, IN on Nov. 14, 1903.

He courted Ruth Ellen (Underwood) of West Baden and on May 10, 1924, they wed. They produced a lone son, Lawrence Melvin Heckler, who left quite young to pursue a 21 year career with the US Navy.

Lawrence E. owned and operated the Heckler Transfer Company in the French Lick/West Baden area. Lawrence and Ruth obtained a divorce around 1948 after the last of their grandchildren (Jerry Lynn, Monty Lynn, and Chiquita Leilania Heckler) were born.

On July 28, 1951, he married Gladys (Nelson) in Marion Co. and they lived a very happy life in Indianapolis. She preceded him in death by just a month from lung cancer in Chicago, Cook County, IL.

He died all too soon with lung cancer himself on December 16, 1972 from a lifetime of smoking. They were both transferred to Indianapolis to be buried in the Floral Park Cemetery by her family.

In January, 2012, it was discoverd by a FindaGrave contributor, Rick France (#46581221), that Lawrence had no headstone or marker and was buried beside Gladys to the left in a family lot secured by her first husband, Floyd J. Nelson, Sr.

In July of 2012, a monument was lovingly provided by his granddaughter on behalf of Lawrence's only child and three grandchildren. In reverence and tribute, Rick France and Sandy Dill met Chiquita at the gravesite in August, fulfilling what began as a simple photo request and developing into friendships reaching across thousands of miles.

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LAWRENCE ELEAZER HECKLER, Nov. 14, 1903 - Dec. 16, 1972. Son and Grandchildren: Lawrence Melvin Heckler; Jerry, Chiquita, Monty (with a photograph)

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  • Added: 11 Aug 2011
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lawrence Eleazer Heckler (14 Nov 1903–16 Dec 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 74794258, citing Floral Park Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Chiquita (contributor 47559633) .