Lewis C. Heckroth Obituary

Lewis C. Heckroth

<p>Lewis C. Heckroth</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1923 &ndash; 2020</p> <p>Lewis C. &ldquo;Rocky&rdquo; Heckroth, LtCol, USAF, Retired, age 97 of Shalimar, left his earthly home on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 and now dwells in the home of his heavenly Father for all eternity.&nbsp; Lewis was born in Duluth, MN on Mar 8, 1923 to Ruth and Lewis Heckroth Sr.</p> <p>He graduated from Denfield High School (Duluth) in 1940 and then enrolled in Duluth State Teachers College.&nbsp; In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and began his meteorology training at the University of Michigan and completed training at Chanute Field, IL.&nbsp; He became a 2nd Lt in June 1944.</p> <p>He had numerous statewide assignments from 1944 &ndash; 1948.&nbsp; From 1948 &ndash; 1952, he served in the Northeast Air Command (Newfoundland, Greenland, and Iceland).&nbsp; He then spent 2 years in New Mexico and 2 years in Japan.&nbsp; While in the Air Force, he completed his bachelor&rsquo;s degree at the now University of Minnesota at Duluth.&nbsp; From 1956 to 1958, he attended Texas A&amp;M University and graduated with a Master&rsquo;s degree in Meteorology.&nbsp; From 1958 to 1963 he returned to Chanute AFB, IL where he worked in the Dept. of Weather Training.&nbsp; In 1964, he retired at Offutt AFB in Omaha, NE.&nbsp; Within weeks of retirement, he became a charter faculty member at Okaloosa-Walton Community College where he taught and chaired the Mathematics Dept. until he retired in 1992.</p> <p>While in Chanute, he became involved with bowling administration and was the first military member of the Champaign County Bowling Association.&nbsp; Bowling work was a hobby for the rest of his life.&nbsp;</p> <p>In April 1965, he was elected secretary of the Okaloosa County Bowling Association and served in that position until April 1982.&nbsp; He remained active in that group, serving on committees until his death.&nbsp; He also served on the Board of Directors for the local area, state, and regional organizations.&nbsp; He has been elected to the Halls of Fame for Okaloosa County, Florida State Bowling Association, and the Southern Bowling Congress for meritorious service.&nbsp; He also participated in 47 National American Bowling Congress Tournaments.</p> <p>Rocky was preceded in death by his mother and father and wife Helen.&nbsp; Rocky is survived by his 6 sons, Randy Herbon (Joyce) , Whittier, Ca. Peter (Cindy) Tucson, AZ, Allan (Hsueh-Feng), San Ramon, Ca, Curtis Leroy Sand Point, Id; John (Eriko), Rancho Palo Verde, Ca. ; Paul (Kay) Tallahassee, Fl.; 15 Grandchildren, 7 Great Grand Children, and 3 great -great grandchildren.&nbsp; Also surviving is his long time loving caregiver, Bernadette Thomson and her family.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Life&rsquo;s Race Well Run</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Life&rsquo;s Work Well Done</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Life&rsquo;s Victory Won</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Now Cometh Rest</p> <p>The family will receive friends at a visitation on Friday, Sept. 11th, 2020 from 10-11 a.m. at the McLaughlin Mortuary Chapel.&nbsp; A funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with John Macon and Herstel Carter officiating.&nbsp; Following services burial will be in Beal Memorial Cemetery with Military Honors.&nbsp; In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to the Emerald Coast Bowling Association.</p> <p>Expressions of love and sympathy can be viewed or submitted online at www.mclaughlinmortuary.com</p>
March 8, 1923 - September 8, 202003/08/192309/08/2020
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