Richard L. Heller
unknown - April 26, 2013
Mr. Richard L. Heller, age 74 years, of Holts Summit, Mo., died Friday, April 26, 2013, at the Villa Marie Nursing Center. Richard was born in Callaway County, Mo., the son of Willie and Iva Drinkard Heller. Richard was the great-great-great-great-grandson of John Coulter, the first white man to see the Yellowstone Park area. John was a member of the Corps of Discovery traveling with Lewis and Clark in 1804.
He was married in 1961 to Linda Griffin Heller and later married Linda Rath Heller, who survives at the home. A lifelong resident of the central Missouri area, Richard was a 1956 graduate of New Bloomfield High School and a 1958 graduate of the Jefferson City Junior College. Richard was employed with the Missouri State Auditor's Office under Auditors Haskell Holman, Christopher Bond, and John Ashcroft. He retired from the Missouri Dept. of Social Services in the Budget and Finance Dept. Richard loved to travel visiting all 50 states and six continents stopping in 38 countries. He was a member of the Central United Church of Christ and a 50-year member of the Jefferson Lodge No. 43, A.F. & A.M. He was a huge St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs fan and he enjoyed Super Hero comics.
Other survivors include: one son, Kent Heller and his wife Heather of Hazelwood, Mo.; one daughter, Christy Siebeneck and her husband Rob of Jefferson City, Mo.; one step-daughter, Laura Voss and her husband Alan of Lone Jack, Mo.; four grandchildren, Bruce Heller, Courtney Siebeneck, Austin Siebeneck, and Evan Voss; and a half-brother, Billy Heller of Jefferson City, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be at Central United Church of Christ from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 29, 2013, with a Masonic Service to be conducted at 9:30 a.m. under the auspices of the Jefferson Lodge No. 43, A.F. & A.M. A memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 29, 2013, at the Central United Church of Christ with the Reverend Coletta Eichenberger officiating. Richard donated his body to the University of Missouri Anatomical Board for scientific and educational research. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Eleanor Circle at the Central United Church of Christ or the Callaway County Buddy Pack Program at the Central Missouri Food Bank. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary. www.freemanmortuary.com
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