CISCO -- Robert Fred Heidkamp, age 87, quietly left this earth on December 31, 2017. He leaves Nancy (Swikle) Heidkamp, his wife of 48 years; brothers, Delmar Heidkamp, Ed (Kak) Heidkamp, both of Cisco, IL.; sisters, Loretta (Kenny) Whitlow of Benton, IL., Joyce Heidkamp of Cisco, IL., Betty (Dale) Leach of Monticello, IL., and Peggy (Ron) Parsons of Cisco, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret (Wiegard) and Fred Hedikamp, and two brothers-in-law. He was loved by 18 nieces and nephews through years of Christmas shopping, fishing, backyard volleyball, and roasting hotdogs.
Corporal Heidkamp served in the U.S. 7th Army, Engineering Combat Battalion during the Korean War. He was a proficient baseball pitcher and during his service pitched for his company’s baseball team which included competition in Germany and Hawaii. He started at Caterpillar as a welder when the plant opened and moved to various management positions and retired as a Processor in 1986, after a 30-year career. Bob was a man of many talents. His artistic talent was evident in his detailed woodworking and carpentry. He was an avid sportsman and he and Nancy shared the love of fishing trips to Talmoon, MN and local duck hunting. Bob enjoyed bowling, and deer and pheasant hunting with his brothers. He was an avid trap shooter and looked forward to the time spent with friends at the Warrensburg Sportsman Club. He was a past trustee of a Willow Branch Drainage District and a former volunteer for the Cisco Fire Department. He was a member of the Craig-Reed American Legion Post, Cisco, IL.
Visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. A rosary service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday prior to the visitation. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 6, 2018 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home with Fr. Bruce Lopez officiating. Interment will be in Croninger Cemetery, Cisco with Military Rites. Memorials may be made to the Cisco Volunteer Fire Department or the Craig-Reed American Legion Post.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com