Franklin "Butch" Edward Heath

Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | January 31, 2024

Franklin "Butch" Edward Heath, Jr., age 79, of McKeesport, died January 27, 2024, at the Reformed Presbyterian Home. Born December 7, 1944, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Franklin Sr. and Edith (Rishell) Heath.

Franklin joined the Job Corps and was stationed in Bar Harbor, Maine, to work in the Forestry Division. After returning to the McKeesport area for a while, he moved to San Antonio, Texas and eventually moving back to his hometown. He was employed by Dennys in West Mifflin for almost 25 years. Franklin enjoyed watching a wide variety of movies, especially Westerns and Horror. He also liked listening to country and jazz music.

Franklin is survived by his sisters, Frances (the late Angelo) Crotti and Nancy (the late Wayne) Daugherty. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Martha Bell Lopatka, Lois Maldonado, and William Henry Heath.

The family would like to thank Community Life and Reformed Presbyterian Home for the care, kindness, and compassion that was shown to Franklin.
Family and friends will be received at Willig Funeral Home & Crematory on Thursday, February 1, 2024, from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Friday, February 2, 2024, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. The burial will follow at Round Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the White Oak Animal Safe Haven, 2295 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131. Condolences and memories may be shared at
Charles Danforth, Supervisor

Originally published January 31, 2024.

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