Richard Arden Heisler

November 5, 1942 - May 8, 2019

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Visitation Tuesday, May 14, 2019
2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Secor Funeral Home
202 West Maple Street
Willard , Ohio 44890

Visitation 2:
Visitation Tuesday, May 14, 2019
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Secor Funeral Home
202 West Maple Street
Willard , Ohio 44890

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
11:00 AM
Secor Funeral Home
202 West Maple Street
Willard , Ohio 44890

Richard Arden Heisler
"Grandpa" & "Uncle Dick"

Richard Arden Heisler passed away quietly May 8th, 2019 at the home of his son Brandon in the company of family, where he'd been waging a yearlong battle with neuroendocrine carcinoma. He passed away peacefully in the middle of the night.

He was born 2:31am on 11/5/42 in Willard, Ohio, the eldest son of Russell and Hazel. He grew up in Willard, moved away, came back, moved away and now is coming home again. He's survived by three sisters, Karen (Joe) Sawyer, Deanne (Bud) Trill, Cindy (Ken) Shoup; two sons, Rod (Janine) and Brad (Sharon); a daughter, Gretchen (Eric) Kuhn; and eleven grandchildren, all who love him dearly and will miss laughing with him, traveling with him, his laugh, and his easy demeanor.

He was in the Marine Corps, worked on the railroad, lived in Chicago, worked in a car factory, learned to teach, got a Master's in Education, coached football, sampled asbestos, scolded his children (and others), ran fishing charters, allegedly sank a boat in Lake Erie, sold trailers in Texas, and ultimately returned home to finish his time out in Ohio with his son and his family.

Family and friends may gather at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard, Ohio, on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, from 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM, where his funeral service will be on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at 11:00 AM, with Pastor Dale George officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the James Cancer Center, 460 West 10th Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43210. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting


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Tommy and Ann Barry - May 15, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers.🙏
Gino Zucconi - May 14, 2019
My Condolences to the Family. Very sorry for your loss.
Hal Newhouse - May 14, 2019
I have known Dick since grade school at Richmond Twp. School. Remember all the good times during our youth. So sorry for the family he has left behind, but know that you will have great memories of his time with you.
Larry Blankenship - May 14, 2019
Prayers to the family of a great friend back in our Corvette days and later in Texas. Rest In Peace Dick.
Keith Miller - May 14, 2019
I got to know Dick quite well when he was my principal at Richmond. He always treated staff, students and parents with honesty and respect. I liked his easy going manner and his ability to handle all sorts of situations. He was a really good guy!
Kathleen M Kalvig - May 14, 2019
So sorry for your loss. I met Dick through Gloria, with whom I was a classmate in Bellevue. I always liked Dick and am sorry he had to go through this terrible illness. Rest in Peace, Dick, Sincerely, Kass and Paul Kalvig, Vicksburg, MI.
Keith Miller - May 13, 2019
I got to know Dick a lot better when he became the principal at Richmond. Dick was a good administrator and was always willing to listen and help on the various projects that came up. I will always remember his easy manner and honesty when dealing with students, parents , the teaching staff and myself.
John and Patty Erhart - May 13, 2019
Condolences to Dick's family and friends. He will be missed.
Bob & Marlene Ambler - May 13, 2019
Our thoughts & prayers are with the family at this difficult time. A wonderful man that we got to know in Alamo Palms.
Bob & Jean Harcus - May 12, 2019
We just read the obituary for Dick - what an accomplished and interesting life he had. Dick along with Janet Green sold us our mobile in Alamo , Texas . We always enjoyed his company and friendship.We wouldn’t like to extend our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to his family as well as his good friends Dick & Janet Green. We will all miss the man we thought of as the gentle giant.
Jim & Vicki Long - May 12, 2019
We met Dick in Texas. What a guy & what a love of life he had! Always a smile. Loved hearing his life stories. He will be greatly missed at Alamo Palms. Thoughts and prayers to his family.
Bob & Donna Halfmann - May 12, 2019
We met him in Texas. What a great man, he will be greatly missed by all.
Sherry Long - May 11, 2019
So sorry to read of Dick's passing. He always seemed to have a light hearted attitude. I am sure he will be greatly missed. Prayers uplifted for all.
Bill Lewis - May 11, 2019
Dick I wish I could be there to send you off on your next journey,but it's not to be,but we had a great time in Willard and I don't ever plan to forget those memories. Bill Lewis
Barry Seaholts - May 11, 2019
Sorry to here about your passing old friend. I remember when you used to come roaring up 224 and pull into the Sunoco station. You could always tell the sound of that ‘62 Corvette. His Dad Russel came in there to get his oil changed with Kendell Super-B motor oil (not superb).
Sheri Holthouse - May 10, 2019
Mr. Heisler was one of my favorite teachers, and when a friend of mine and I wanted to go beyond what the school offered, he crafted an independent study for us. You'll be missed, ole' micrometer eye!
Brian Bevier - May 10, 2019
I had heard not long ago that he was fighting a courageous battle with cancer. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was one of the best teachers at WHS, along with being a great neighbor while growing up on Euclid Ave. He was a great guy and I am humbled to have crossed paths with one of the best. Rest in peace Mr. Heisler, you so deserve to do so!
Don Shirey - May 10, 2019
Dick was a good man . He was my grand parents neighbor for many years so we got to know him and his family well . Sorry for your loss
LARRY WINGERT - May 10, 2019
Chip Ebert - May 10, 2019
So sorry to hear of the passing of Dick. I have fond memories of many laughs in the teachers lounge as well as coaching football with him. He will be missed.
Bud Trill - May 10, 2019
It is always sad when we lose a family member or acquaintance to death but it is a fact of life. Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: It is also a glorious thing when you know that the one who has passed over, in this case Richard A. Heisler, has been saved to life sublime because he repented and became a child of God by accepting by faith the fact that Christ Jesus died for him. That made him not only my brother in law but my brother in Christ and I am promised to spend eternity with him in God’s Heaven. Thanks be to Jesus the author and finisher of my faith. 1 Thessalonians 4: 13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Bob and LaVonne Ayres - May 10, 2019
It’s sad to hear the news about Dick. Kind thoughts and prayers are going out to his family. May God grant you strength and comfort for the difficult days ahead, and fond memories for the years to come.
Pam Lucas Dwight - May 10, 2019
I'm very sorry to hear of Mr. Heisler's passing. Condolences and prayers to his family and friends.
Marilyn Sands - May 10, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. He will be missed by all who knew him. May God keep his family in His care.
Marianne Miller Jasper - May 10, 2019
Sadden to hear, sincere condolences and prayers to the entire family during this difficult time, a great guy! Rest in peace.
Paul and Pam King - May 10, 2019
So sorry to hear of Dick's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Jacque Mcclelland - May 9, 2019
Prayers to your family at this difficult time. Hugs to all
Gene L. Meyer - May 9, 2019
He was the best damn boss I ever had when I sold trailers for him ,they were mobile homes in Texas. He will be missed or maybe the beer and wine I drank with him,does not matter he will be missed.