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John E. Heyer

Monday, July 12, 2010

John E. Heyer, 67, of Tipton, formerly of Concordia, died Thursday, July 8, 2010, at Country Club Care Center of Warrensburg.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Concordia with Rev. Harold Block officiating. Burial will be in Concordia Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Pallbearers are Robert Potter, Jack Jones, Ed Colvin, Josh Bryant, Shane Bryant and Bill Manley. Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Bryant, Gene Colvin, Phillip Kindle and Kenneth Wodrich. Memorials may be made to family choice and friends may sign an online guestbook at www.campbell-lewis.com.

Born August 8, 1942, in Higginsville, he was the son of the late William Albert Heyer and Etta Elizabeth Groff Heyer. On Sept. 5, 1964, he married Joan Wodrich, of Concordia; they later divorced. On May 1, 1987, he married Dorothy (Cookie) Stout Ridgeway who survives of the home. He lived most of his life in Concordia, where he was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. He was employed by Alewel's Meats for many years and also farmed. Later, he worked as a salesman for Moorman Feeds and as a laborer for J.E. Dunn Construction Company. He was a former member of the Concordia Jaycees, the Concordia Civic Club and had previously served on the Lutheran Grade School Board.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Jennine Brandt of Gainesville, Fla., and Justine Nienhiser of Kansas City; four step-children, Scott Ridgeway of Sedalia, Linda Russell of Syracuse, Lisa Dunn of Marshall, Brett Ridgeway of Blue Springs; 22 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Alvin Heyer of Concordia; six sisters, Myrtle Burd of Smithton, Iva Hurd of Concordia, Anna Bueker of Higginsville, Florene Meyer of Concordia, Betty Nagy of Bethlehem, Pa., and Linda Heyer of Nacona, Texas; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by seven brothers, Clarence, Dewey, Delmar, Ray, Ronnie, Lonnie and Bill Heyer; two sisters, Edith Harms and Ruth Gilkey.