Richard J. Heath

Born: Thu., May 21, 1931
Died: Thu., Mar. 7, 2013


11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Sat., Mar. 16, 2013
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Memorial Service

1:00 PM Sat., Mar. 16, 2013
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Mr. Richard J. Heath, age 81, of Johnston City, IL, formerly of Robinson, IL, died Thursday March 7, 2013 at Herrin Hospital, Herrin, IL, following several months of failing health.

Born May 21, 1931 in Robinson, IL, he was the son of Everett “Skiv” and Madeline (Shanks) Heath-Lipman.  On August 8, 1953 he married Elizabeth “Betty” Jewell, they divorced and she preceded him in death.  On August 7, 1992 he married Peggy (Hyden) Sanders and she survives.  Richard was a retired businessman and Golf Course Development Consultant for Golf Technologies, a Golf Course Design Company. Mr. Heath graduated High School in Robinson, IL. went on to Duke University for two years on a basketball scholarship and later transferred to the University of Illinois where he graduated and was a member and Worthy Master of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. Dick joined the Military serving in France in 1953-1954 as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Following his military service, Dick returned to Robinson and joined in the family business, eventually becoming Vice President of L. S. Heath and Sons until 1969. For his many contributions and countless hours of promotion, Mr. Heath was made an Honorary Life member of the Quail Creek Country Club, Robinson, IL.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Sanders-Heath, Johnston City, IL; a son Scott Heath, Champaign, IL; daughters and sons-in-law, Susan A. and Dr. George Stacy, Prospect, KY; Nancy and Don Hoikkala, Champaign, IL; six grandchildren, Scott Stacy, Stephani Stacy, Nichole Stacy, Cameron Stacy, all of Prospect, KY; Dustin Leichty and Lacey Leichty of Champaign, IL; three step grandchildren, Seth Stallings, Effingham, IL; Ethan Stallings, Johnston City, IL; James Parfinovics, Phoenix, AZ; a step great grandson, Garridan Stallings, Effingham, IL; sister, Mrs. Joan Copello, Lake Bluff, IL; two step-daughters, Sherry & Mark Welch, Johnston City, IL and Rhonda & Jim Parfinovics, Phoenix, AZ; nieces, Susan and Lou Ehrhard and family, Matthew, Lucas and Nicholas, all of Lake Bluff, IL; Cathy Disch and daughter Berkley both of Lake Bluff, IL; Heather Copello, Lake Bluff, IL; nephew, Paul and Allison Copello and family Madeline and Max all of Houston, TX.  

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Elizabeth “Betty” Heath.

A Memorial Funeral Service will be held on Saturday March 16, 2013 at Pulliam Funeral Home, Robinson, IL with a gathering of friends and family from 11:00 am until time of services at 1:00 pm at Pulliam Funeral Home, Robinson, IL. Rev Louis Youngs will officiate and interment will follow in Robinson New Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Inc., 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959 with envelopes available at the funeral home.  

Charitable donations may be made in Richard's memory to the following organization:

Hospice of Southern Illinois, Inc.
204 Halfway Road, Marion, Illinois 62959

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David Kohlman
   Posted Sat March 09, 2013
Very sorry to hear, my condolances to the family! I worked for Dick at Oak Meadow and enjoyed it very much, he was full of fresh ideas each day, and never stopped dreaming or promoting! and was the only person who beat me to the pro shop each day! Sitting there drinking coffee and writing on his legel pad. As Jim Tuholski once said " A Brilliant Man"

Dave Kohlman

Ray Elliott
   Posted Tue March 12, 2013
Sorry to hear about Dick's passing. Had a great time helping him write his book about the Heath Candy Company and traveling around the state selling it. Always an optimistic, never met a stranger and stood fast for his beliefs. With Dick, I always thought a friend was a friend was friend to him. Bon vongage, my friend.

David White
   Posted Tue March 31, 2015
Dick was my college roommate`at the Illinois ATO house. He was a wonderful friend, Had lost track of him when he suddenly had to leave Illinois because of the death of his father. We had lots of fun. We played lots of checkers and he usually won until he taught me the diamond trick! I finished out his term as President.

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