Born: September 15, 1925 - Deceased: December 22, 2021
Howard W. “Sonny” Heileman, 96, of Belleville, IL, born Tuesday, September 15, 1925, in East Saint Louis, IL, passed away Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh, IL.
Sonny was a member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Belleville IL since 1968. He worked as a carman for the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Burlington Northern Railroad for 45 years. Also, part time sales person for Model Auto Sales in Belleville, IL for 20 years. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Carmans of America over 50 years. He served in the Marine Corps 5th Division during WWII as a radio operator, and by the Grace of God, was an Iwo Jima survivor. He was among the first to occupy Japan in September 1945. Mr. Heileman graduated with the Class of 1941 at Lansdowne Jr. High School in East St. Louis, IL and was a member of 1944 Class of Belleville Township High School.
He was preceded in death by his:
- Wife of 61 years: Betty, nee Louvier, Heileman
- Parents: Addrienne L. Heileman, nee Hefti, and Charles E. Heileman
- Two daughters
- Ann (Gary) Karasek of Swansea, IL
- Mary (David) Lonski of Belleville, IL
- Three granddaughters
- Ayanna Karasek of FL
- Madeline (Matt) Cross of IN
- Miranda Lonski (fiancé, Jarrad Davis) of Belleville, IL
- Great grandchildren
- Brayden Cross
- great granddaughter due in April
- Sister: Charlene (Skip) Heyduck of Huntington, TN
- Nieces and nephews
Memorials: Memorials may be made to the St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Belleville, IL.
Visitation: Visitation from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Monday, December 27, 2021 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral service will be held at 7:00 pm, Monday, December 27, 2021 at Kurrus Funeral Home, with Pastor Bob Swickard officiating. Private family interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO. Live streaming can be viewed at www.facebook.com/KurrusFH starting at 6:55 pm on Monday, December 27, 2021