Richard J. Heckel, 90, of North Hunrtingdon, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016 at Excela Health Westmoreland. He was born March 19, 1925 in Pittsburgh, PA, son of the late Henry and Eva Holjack Heckel. Prior to his retirement, Richard worked in law enforcement as chief of police for Penn Township in the 1950's, police officer for East Pittsburgh, Westinghouse Security, and a lab assistant for Westinghouse Research, Churchill, PA. He was a member of St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Church and a veteran of WWII and the Korean War, having served in the Air Force with 20 years of service. He enjoyed golfing and bowling.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Olga Bohince Heckel. He is survived by his wife, Mary Balombini Heckel; son, Brad Heckel and his wife, Mary Jo; daughters, Deborah Worthy, Denise Arnold; sister, Gloria Nalovenko; and three grandchildren, Austin, Bryn and Bria. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Church. Interment in William Penn Memorial Park. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com
Originally published March 07, 2016.