Gary John Heid, 77, of Boardman earned his angel wings surrounded by family, on Friday, September 2, 2022.
Gary, the youngest of three, was born on September 15, 1944, in Youngstown, to the late William F. and Mary Therese (nee McNally) Heid.
He graduated from Ursuline High School in 1962. Underneath his yearbook photo it reads, "A bit independent; from any obstacle he'll never hide". During his high school years, he worked summers at Idora Park selling popcorn. It is there that he met his future wife Pauline (Sheetz).
In 1963, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He completed coursework at the U.S. Naval School, Electrician's Mate, Class "A" Service School Command, USNTC, San Diego, California. From there, he served on the USS Skate (578) until he was honorably discharged in 1971.
He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Youngstown State University in March 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Administration.
He began working in April 1974 at Republic Steel (later WCI Steel and Several Steel). He started out as a staff accountant and was promoted to manager of accounting and eventually served as a cost accountant over Financial Analysis, Budgets, and Inventory Control before retiring in 2010. Throughout his career, he was involved with Junior Achievement.
He was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed watching college football and cheered for Ohio State and Notre Dame. He also rooted for the Browns, Indians, and Cavs. He shared his love of sports with his children, Dana and John Paul. Lastly, he was able to recall with great detail sports facts and history.
His interests included golfing with his brother, Don; completing crossword puzzles, and spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed gathering with family at his sister, Rosemary’s house for Christmas brunch.
He was a member of St. Christine Church, American Post #472, and Eagles #213.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 48 years, Pauline Heid, his children Dana Dippolito (Raymond) and John Paul Heid (Jennifer) both of Canfield; step grandchildren, Mary and Ryan Dippolito and Paris and Brynlee Lindgren; a brother, Donald Heid of Boardman; a sister, Rosemary Sicafuse (Donald) of Struthers; brother-in-law, Francis Sheetz (Susan) of Kelseyville, California; and several nieces and nephews and too many cousins to name.
He was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, Paul and Violet Sheetz, and his sister-in-law, Patty Heid.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 4 to 7 PM on Thursday, September 8 at Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, 3100 Canfield Rd., Youngstown, Ohio. Visitation will also be from 10:30 to 11 AM on September 9 at Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home followed by a mass of Christian burial at St. Christine's Church, 3165 Schenley Ave., Youngstown, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to St. Christine's Church.
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