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It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Richard D. Heeter. October 27, 1925 - July 15, 2009 He will be missed by many.


Laredo, Texas
Dick Heeter on his 1925 Harley Davidson in Laredo, Texas - 1945

Indianapolis, Indiana, Motorcycle Expo 2000
Dick Heeter at Motorcycle Expo - 2000

Virginia International Raceway
Dick & Liela Heeter at VIR (Virginia International Raceway)

Cincinnati, Ohio, Motorcycle Expo 1997
Liela & Dick Heeter at Motorcycle Expo - 1997

Heeters Performance Center, North Manchester, Indiana
Dick Heeter - 1989

Heeters Performance Center, North Manchester, Indiana
Dick Heeter & Duke


Fort Wayne, Indiana
Dick Heeter at Fort Wayne Speedway, Fort Wayne, Indiana


Warsaw, Indiana
Dick Heeter at Warsaw Speedway, Warsaw, Indiana - July 4th, 1950

Dick and Liela at North Manchester, Indiana FunFest - 2002
Liela & Dick Heeter at North Manchester FunFest - 2002

Dick and Liela at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Liela & Dick Heeter at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

RICHARD DUANE "DICK" HEETER, 83, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN Richard Duane "Dick" Heeter, 83, North Manchester, IN, son of Dale Madlam & Edna Lucille (Frushour) Heeter, passed to live with our Lord at 1:05 a.m. Wednesday, July 15, 2009 in Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN. He was born October 27, 1925 at home on the family farm, one mile north of the location of his family’s current business, Heeter’s Performance Center, Inc. on State Road 13 North, North Manchester, Indiana. Dick was a 1944 graduate of Chester Township High School, North Manchester, IN. Immediately following graduation, he joined the US Army-Air Corp. to be stationed in Texas and Florida, flying in the lower ball-turret section of the B-17 bomber aircraft during WW II. After two years active duty military service, he returned home to serve six years in the Air Force Reserves and also drove his father’s school bus route. This is where he met his wife to be. Dick married Liela Jeaneene Bechtold on November 7, 1948 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Reform Church. Working with his father at the family business, Heeter’s Garage on Singer Road, North Manchester, they maintained and repaired farm equipment and family vehicles. They also built racing cars which Dick raced at local race tracks through the 1950’s. Through the years he also enjoyed racing go karts and motorcycles, and held a pilot’s license for single engine aircraft. For many years Dick served as a fireman/first responder with the Chester Township Fire Department. He continued his community service as a member of REACT. As a member of the Citizens’ Band Radio Club, Dick added to his long list of friends while attending family campouts and other club functions. Dick owned a dump truck business which assisted in the construction of State Road 13 south through the Wabash “Cut”. Dick worked 13 years as head of maintenance at Timbercrest Church of the Brethren Home, North Manchester. He enjoyed working with his family, repairing small engines, and passing on his knowledge to his son and grandson as Heeter’s Garage evolved into Heeter’s Performance Center, Inc. An avid bird watcher, he loved all nature, especially his pets, of most recent, companion-cat “Spot”. His favorite pastimes were watching all types of racing on television, reading motorsports industry magazines, and talking with his grandchildren. He was a member of Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester, IN and the American Motorcyclist Association. He is survived by his wife Liela Jeaneene Heeter, three children: David Joe (spouse Young Soon) Heeter, Linda Jean Dea and Lori Kay Heeter; one sister, Barbara Rosann “Rosie” (spouse Gene) Custer, all of North Manchester, IN. Four grandchildren; Amy Kim (Heeter) (spouse Mike) Pickett, Providence Forge, VA ; Justin Duane Heeter and Skylar Lim Daniel Heeter, both of North Manchester; Catherine Elizabeth (Dea)(spouse Drew) Etner, Winona Lake, IN. Five great-grandchildren, Ethan Nicholas Joe Pickett, Alana Michelle Pickett, Edmund Gabriel Pickett, all of Providence Forge, VA; Aiden Mathias Etner and Tristan Andrew Etner, Winona Lake, IN. THE FAMILY WILL RECEIVE FRIENDS ON FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009 FROM 3 - 8 P.M. AT MCKEE MORTUARY, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN. SERVICES WILL BE HELD SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2009 AT 10:30 A.M. AT MCKEE MORTUARY, with Pastor J.P. Freeman officiating. The family will receive friends one half hour prior to the service on Saturday. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN with military honors by American Legion Post # 286, North Manchester. For those who wish to honor the memory of Richard D. Heeter, memorial contributions may be made to the Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut Street, North Manchester, IN 46962 or Chester Township Fire Rescue, 11942 N 300 E, North Manchester, IN 46962.

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