Richard “Dick” Heerdegen
After a long battle with Alzheimer’s, my best friend and love of my life slipped through my fingers and into the arms of the Lord Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Dick was born April 9, 1946 to Fred and Lelah (Beck) Heerdegen and grew up in Ottawa Lake, Michigan. He graduated from Whiteford High School in 1964. At 16 he started working as a bagger at the A & P Tea Company where his father worked, working his way up to store manager until A & P closed. From there he began working for Scott Paper Company as a Sales Rep, finishing out his sales career as a Sales Rep for Valley Industrial Products (Winsor Corp.) where he achieved many awards for top sales, including number one Sales Rep for which he was very proud. He retired in 2013. Dick was also a volunteer fireman for the Ottawa Lake Fire Department for 15 years, a service for which he was very proud. On Sundays he could be found ushering at 11:00 Mass while Kathie sang in the choir.
He was a “people” person and was always there to help family and friends at the drop of a hat. The yards and cars were always kept in immaculate condition. He spent many weekends with his infamous orange mug in hand, supporting the Wolverines or watching Jeff Gordon, hoping for him to cross the finish line first. Dick was an avid golfer and spent many days playing a round on local courses and sharing a cold beer with friends.
Dick is survived by his loving wife of over 29 years, Kathie; sons Chris (Angel), Doug (Julie), Jason (Alisa) Heerdegen and stepson Tony (Lynn) Schmenk; nine grandchildren; and brother, Bill.
Visitation will be Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 3 – 8 pm at Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 N. Main Street, Sylvania, OH, Last Alarm service at 6:30 P.M and the Rosary Service at 7:00 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, November 5, 2018 at 11:00 am with visitation before at 10:00 am at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 2240 Castlewood Road, Toledo, OH with Father Michael A. Geiger officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Most Blessed Sacrament Choir which he loved so. The Family would also like to thank the wonderful nurses at Rosary Care Center for the great love and care for Dick during his final days. Online condolences to firstname.lastname@example.org