SIKESTON - Edward Heckert, 76, died at 2:11 p.m. Nov. 1, 2001, at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital.
Born July 22, 1925, in Bertrand, son of the late Lawrence Doyle and Cecil Meeks Heckert, he lived in Bertrand most of his life and moved to Sikeston in 1978. A land owner and retired farmer in Scott and Mississippi counties, he was a member of Trinity Gospel Church in Sikeston and conducted Sunday church services at the Sikeston Convalescent Center since 1974. He obtained the rank of staff sergeant with the U.S. Army and served as an infantry rifleman in Northern France and the Ardennes during World War II. Heckert was the recipient of the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, a Good Conduct Medal, three Overseas Service Bars and the Victory Ribbon.
On Aug. 31, 1946, he married Pauline Parr who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two sons, Jack Heckert of Cape Girardeau and Joey Heckert of Sikeston; one daughter, Jill Heckert of Orlando, Fla.; two brothers, William Heckert and Lawrence Heckert of Bertrand; one sister, Bertha Sweet of Sikeston; two granddaughters, Jennifer Huber and Shelby Heckert; and three great-grandchildren.
Friends may call after 5 p.m. Monday at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston, where services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Larry Davis, pastor of Trinity Gospel Church, will officiate.
Burial will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston.
Pallbearers will be his nephews: Bill Britt, Billy Gene Heckert, Jimmy Sweet, Reesey Wright, Mike Parr and Sam Wise.