Obituary: Leopold Heilman

Leopold Joseph Heilman, 80, formerly of Sweet Home, died peaceably in the Albany Mennonite Home on Aug. 12, 2010.

He was born in Winnipeg, Canada on Feb. 5, 1930. He married Josephine Helen Klein June 27, 1955 in North Dakota. They had nine children (one stillborn.)

After Josephine Heilman died in 1978, Mr. Heilman married Donna J. (Downs) Stutz on March 22, 1986 at Queen of Peace church in Portland.

Mr. Heilman was a life-long worker. He began as a farmer in Fargo, N.D. until becoming a mechanic. His mechanic career brought him and his family from Fargo to Great Falls, Mont., to Lind, Wash., and finally to Coos Bay.

Desiring to learn more, Mr. Heilman graduated from Oregon State University with a master’s degree in mathematics. He became an educator at Stayton High School, then taught in Ecuador. After his teaching career ended, he began traveling as a long-haul truck driver. He finally settled down as a dog breeder (pugs, boxers and basset hounds) in Sweet Home.

Survivors include his wife Donna; children James, Anthony, Damian, Cletus, Debbie Winter, Kathy Stueve, Monica Tagabue, Ed “Butch” Stutz and Casey Stutz Sr.; 22 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were held Aug. 17 at St. Helen’s Catholic Church, with a luncheon after Mass and a gravesite burial at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Corvallis for family and friends.

AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.