Charles R. Heston Sr., 73, Wolcottville, formerly of Mishawaka, Ind., died Saturday, May 24, 2014 at his residence.
He was born April 9, 1941, in Mishawaka, Ind., to Kenneth and Martha (Landuyt) Heston.
He was a 1959 graduate of Mishawaka High School and served in the U.S. Air Force, stationed at K.I. Sawyer in the upper peninsula of Michigan during the Vietnam War. After his service he returned to Mishawaka and became a firefighter with the Mishawaka Fire Department, earning the rank of master fireman, second driver, and then first driver. He helped start the Hazmat, volunteered to go to the Norfolk and Southern railyard for training on how to deal with the toxic chemicals carried by tanker cars. He was also the first EMT in the city of Mishawaka. He retired from the department in 1996 after 30 years of service. He was a member of St. Gasper Catholic Church in Wolcottville, the Moose Lodge in LaGrange, the DAV in Elkhart, LaGrange American Legion Post 215, the B.K. Club, B.K. Archery Club, and was past president and vice president of the UAW at Dometic Corp.
He was married January 29, 1982 to Delores Baker. She preceded him in death.
Surviving are five children, Cherie (Chris) Sparkman, Elkhart, Ind., Charles (Theresa) Heston Jr., Osceola, Ind., Cynthia (Rod) Vander Zander, Green Bay, Wisc., Christopher (Kimberly) Heston, Mishawaka, Ind., and Carrie (Walter) Janssen, Kaukaua, Wisc.; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three siblings; Kenny (Cindy) Heston, Osceola, Ind., Phillip (Roane) Heston, Mishawaka, Ind., and Pat “Jes” Heston, Decatur, Mich.; five stepchildren, Richard, Linda, Norman, Rita and Greg; and many stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Greg, and a brother-in-law, Leon.
Visitation is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at Bubb Funeral Chapel in Mishawaka, Ind., and 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 29, at St. Monica Catholic Church in Mishawaka, Ind.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 29, at St. Monica Catholic Church in Mishawaka, Ind., with Msgr. Bruce Piechocki officiating.
Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Mishawaka, Ind.
Memorials may be directed to Parkview Noble Hospice, 1607 Dowling Street, Kendallville, IN 46755-9407.
Bubb Funeral Chapel in Mishawaka, Ind., is in charge of arrangements.