FLORIDA -- Lyle Daniel Heilman, 84, born May 15, 1928, a Korean War veteran and lifelong resident of the village of Florida, Ohio, fought his last earthly battle and now enjoys victory in the presence of the Lord. Lyle departed this world in the same manner as he lived his life, with dignity in the presence of his family.
Lyle Heilman served his country by enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 1946, was honorably discharged, and then drafted into the United States Army in 1950. Following his honorable service with the 38th Ordinance Group during the Korean War, Lyle married Judy Farison on November 25, 1953.
Lyle was a dedicated past commander of the Florida American Legion Post 654 Gerken Hard; and a past commander of the Henry County Council American Legion, where he honored his fallen brothers as a member of Post 300 Honor Guard by presenting flags at funerals for veterans. Lyle was also a member of the AMVETS Post 1313, VFW Post 8218, Graybeards, (Korean Veterans Association), DAV Post 30, Crosley Automobile Club, Antique Auto Association, Florida United Methodist Church and Northwestern Ohio Micro Midget Club. Lyle is also honored as a village of Florida councilman for 40 years and for Heilman Racing as head crew chief.
Lyle is survived by his wife, Judy; sons, Mark (Anita) Heilman and Todd (Marsha) Heilman; grandchildren, Wyatt Heilman, John (Erin) Black and Kristin (Brad) Leaders; great-grandchildren, Brayden Black, Parker Black, Jacob Leaders and Addison Leaders; and nephews, Earl Mann and Harold James Mann.
He was preceded in death by his parents and stepmother, Sophia Heilman; and sister, Marian Heilman Mann.
Lyle was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. The life of Lyle Heilman is celebrated by all that knew him as honest and noble.
Visitation for Lyle will be on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at Walker Mortuary, Napoleon, from 2-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held in honor of Lyle on Thursday, January 3, at 10:30 a.m. at the Florida United Methodist Church with Pastor Rick Snyder officiating. Interment will follow at the Florida Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by the Joint Veterans Post of Napoleon.
Memorials for Lyle may be made to the Henry County Red Cross, Henry County Humane Society or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be made at www.walkermortuary.us.com.