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George Charles "Chuck" Heilig, 65, of Niagara, Wis., died peacefully in his sleep at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, surrounded by his wife and children.
He was born Aug. 5, 1939, in Cape Girardeau, son of Joseph and Willie Heilig.
Chuck is survived by his loving wife Fay; three children, Charles (Flo), John (Edi), Penny (Pat) Havard; a stepson, Will Burke; grandchildren, Frankie, Spencer and Alisa, children of John and Edi; Austin and Dylan, sons of Penny Heilig and Patrick Havard; and Paige Burke, daughter of Will.
He is also survived by his aunt, Dorothy Heilig; her daughter, Sandra Heilig York and husband Carroll of Clearwater, Fla.; a cousin, Lawson Linn and wife Blanch. Chuck had a very special sister-in-law, Mary Baker Williams; two brothers-in-law, Jim (Linda) Baker and William (Ann) Baker; and a very dear and special friend, William "Bill" Wasson. Chuck had way too many friends to list here.
Chuck spent his entire childhood in Cape Girardeau. He graduated from Central High School in 1957. While in high school his activities included Tiger business staff, Projectionist Club, Electrical Engineers, Math Club, Chemistry Club, Chess Club, National Honor Society, Quill and Scroll and band.
Chuck was awarded a National Merit Scholarship and chose to attend Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy at Rolla. He received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering in 1961. While in college Chuck was a member of AICHE, Alpha Chi Sigma professional chemical fraternity, and Sigma Pi social fraternity.
He spent his first working years with the U.S. Navy making rocket fuel. He spent many years as a chemical engineer. He has three U.S. patents for chemical processes. He was always well admired for his work. The last company he was with was Aldrich Chem in Sheboygan. He started out with two buildings and made it into an entire chemical plant.
The last year of Chuck's life he spent training to be an EMT. He was doing very well until the cancer came. He was unable to finish the class. He had wanted to volunteer in the town of Pembine, Wis. They needed help and he wanted to give it to them. The EMT class gave him an honorary license. This made him very proud and happy.
I am going to miss my dear Chuck:
If tears could build a stairway,
And memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to Heaven,
And bring you home again.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home in Mobile, Ala.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mobile Memorial Gardens.