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It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Liela J. Heeter. July 27, 1930 - February 5, 2017 Liela was the only one who worked at the Performance Center for the 40 years of its existence, six days a week. She will be missed by many.

WARNING: Think twice about wasting money on accidental death and or life insurance with Transamerica Premier Life Insurance Company. Our self-sufficient mother fell and died nine days later. The Death Certificate said: Cause of death: accident. Transamerica refused to pay anything! Don’t waste your money purchasing this insurance. I would advise, and I wish my mother would have, put the money in a savings account or shoebox, at least you will have something when the time comes instead of a disappointing refusal from Transamerica.


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

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

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

Liela Heeter

Liela (Bechtold) Heeter, 86, North Manchester, Indiana died at 7:07 p.m. Sunday, February 5, 2017 in Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, Indiana. She was born July 27, 1930 in St. Louis, MO to Joe & Alma E. (Rudig) Bechtold. She graduated from Chester High School class of 1948. On November 7, 1948 she married Richard Duane "Dick" Heeter. He died July 15, 2009. She played clarinet in the school band and she enjoyed playing piano. She received the Thanks Badge award from the Girl Scouts of U.S.A. for her many years of service to Tribal Trails Girl Scout Council as a troop leader and facilitator of the care of Girl Scout horses at Camp Kokiwanee, Lagro, IN. In her youth, she showed her pony in 4-H. Growing up on a farm she had pets: cat, bunny, dog: and learned to drive the John Deere tractor in the field to help her Dad. She leaves behind her companion cat “Spot”. She and her husband, Dick, managed Heeter’s Performance Center for many years. She and her son Dave, and friend, Don Baker, established the business in 1977. In her work she enjoyed getting to know her customers and exchanging stories with them. She worked six days a week for 40 years. Liela was an avid racing fan watching and reading about NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula 1 events. She was a 60-year member of Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester, IN where she enjoyed singing alto in the choir. She is survived by her son, David Joe (Young Soon) Heeter, North Manchester, IN; daughters, Linda (Heeter) Dea, North Manchester, IN and Lori Heeter, North Manchester, IN; grandchildren, Amy K. (Heeter) Pickett, Williamsburg, VA, Justin Duane Heeter, St. Louis, MO, Skylar Lim Daniel Heeter, North Manchester, IN and Catherine E. (Dea) (Drew) Etner, Winona Lake, IN; great grandchildren, Ethan, Alana & Edmund Pickett all of Williamsburg, VA, Aiden, Tristan, Ariana, Catia, Alexa and Landyn Etner all of Winona Lake, IN.

Services will be at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana 46962
Veiwing will be Friday, February 10th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The funeral will be Saturday, February 11th at 2:00 PM

For those who wish to honor the memory of Liela J. 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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