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Sheila Rae Heck was born Aug. 22, 1937, in Knoxville, the daughter of Clarence “Bus” VandeKamp and Velta Mae (Burt) VandeKamp. She was raised in Knoxville and attended Knoxville Schools. On Oct. 9, 1954, Sheila was united in marriage to Paul LeRoy Heck in Osceola. The couple first lived in Columbia and later moved to Melcher-Dallas. Sheila was a homemaker. Following the death of her husband, Sheila was a home health aide for 12 years, retiring in 1998. Family was the most important part of Sheila’s life. She cherished her children, grandchildren and siblings. She and Sheryl also enjoyed several trips to Kansas to visit their sister. Sheila passed away on Friday, April 8, 2016, at her home in Melcher-Dallas, at the age 78 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; parents; and siblings: Shirley Hull, Donna and Dixie VandeKamp; John VandeKamp and Shelby Caley. Those left to cherish Sheila’s memory include her children, Paula (Gary) Smith of Beaconsfield, Iowa; Russell (Karen) Heck of Melcher; Lynn (Dwight) Kelderman of Knoxville and Richard (Teresa) Heck of Pleasantville; 9 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; sister, Sheryl (Billie) Hunt of Knoxville; brother-in-law, Mike Mikkelson of Miltonvale, Kan., and many other family members and friends. A Funeral Service was held at Bybee & Davis Funeral Home, Knoxville, on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Brent Hanna officiating. Interment was in Graceland Cemetery, Knoxville. Memorials may be made to the Melcher-Dallas Fire & Rescue Unit or to HCI Care Services, Knoxville Office. Online condolences may be made at BertrandFuneralHomes.com
Published on  May 2, 2016
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