Obituary: Robert Heck – Star Journal

Robert G. Heck, 85-year-old Rhinelander, passed away peacefully with his family on Friday, January 7th, 2022 in the Aspirus Medical Center in Wausau. He was born on May 3, 1936 in Superior to Earl and Dorothy (Krueger) Heck. Bob’s family moved to Milwaukee and then to Wausau, where he graduated from Wausau East High School in 1954. He then attended UW-Madison and graduated in 1958 with a degree in economics.

Bob’s belief in his Lord and Savior has guided him throughout his life. God led him to meet former June Raymaker and then get married. He then blessed her with over 60 years of marriage, a wonderful family, and recovery from several serious health problems throughout his life. He served God as an active and supportive member of the Catholic Church of the Nativity in Rhineland, where he served as finance director for over 45 years.

Bob was first employed by the AC Allen Company in Chicago. He then moved to Wausau in 1959, where he worked with his father for the AC Allen / Marshall Company. In December 1964 he and his family moved to the Rhineland. In December 1964, Bob opened a branch of the Marshall Company in Rhinelander. This eventually became Smith Barney and then The Heck Group with his two sons Ken and David. In 2007, he and his sons founded Heck Capital Advisors, LLC with offices in Rhinelander, Milwaukee and Minneapolis. Bob was chairman until his death. Bob received multiple business recognitions and loved working with his clients, team, sons, and son-in-law, John Reinthaler.

In addition to his faith, family, and work, Bob cared about the success of his community as a whole. He actively supported all aspects of life in the Rhenish community, from health care, education, civic responsibility, recreation, economic growth and a thriving airport that served all of Northwoods. Of the many community activities in which he participated, he was most proud of his efforts and the success of Rhinelander Oneida County Airport. On April 8, 2018, it was named “Robert G Heck Passenger Terminal” for its work. Of all the awards and recognitions Bob had received over the years, and there have been many, this one topped the list.

Bob’s incredible pursuit of excellence in business and society was only matched by his faith and love for family. Bob loved his home and flower gardens, and enjoyed spending time with family in his backyard at barbecues and family celebrations. He also had a lot of fun with the family dogs and always had a treat in his pocket or in the car. He took great pleasure in seeing the family having fun, and kept updating sound systems and other devices even when he couldn’t enjoy them. Bob’s other interests included meteorology, trains, planes, and fireworks. Bob used to tell the family, “Treat others the way you would like to be treated”. His grandchildren all knew him fondly as “Bapa,” and he particularly enjoyed his individual relationships with all of them. Bob appreciated the ability to plan and take many family trips to special places like Kohler and Arizona.

Bob is survived by his wife June; his daughters Karen (Carl) Buchinger, Kathryn (Mike) McDonough, and Julie (John) Reinthaler; his sons Kenneth (Jenny) Heck and David (Gina) Heck; his grandsons Kristen (Sam), Caryn (Ian), Emily, Michael, Mitchell (Mariah), Robert, Claire, Brandon, Nicholas, Matthew, Grace, Annie, Thaddeus, Joseph, Maria, Charlie, James, Eva and Ella; and his great granddaughter Emma. In death he was preceded by his parents and brother, Kenneth.

The visitation for Bob will take place on Friday, January 14, 2022 from 4 to 6.30 p.m. with a prayer service at 6.30 p.m. in the Catholic Church of the Nativity, with Father John Gerritts officiating. The visitation also takes place from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m., followed by a Christian funeral mass at 11.30 a.m. Saturday, January 15 in the Church of Our Lady of the Nativity, with Father Chris Kemp in office and Father Kevin Farrell, Father Dean Buttrick and Father Maria concelebrating.

A memorial is erected in Bob’s name. Donations can be made to the Rhinelander Community Foundation – Bob and June Heck Charitable Fund, which provides grants for various charitable causes in the Rhineland area that are important to Bob.

You can send your private condolences to the Heck family at www.carlsonfh.com. The Carlson Funeral Home, 715-369-1414, serves the Heck family.

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