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Robert (Bob) W. Heiniger Sr., 85, of Carterville, Mo., passed away on Jan. 4, 2018.
Bob was born on April 11, 1932, in Oronogo, Mo. He was raised in Carterville and was a 1949 graduate of Carterville High School.
He married his high school sweetheart, Frances Hedgcorth, on Oct. 22, 1950.
Bob retired in 1996 after 24 years as a rural mail carrier in Webb City. He served in the Naval Reserves for 36 years, retiring as Chief Petty Officer. In 2008, he retired after 11 years with Covert Electric Supply, in Joplin. He was active in the Joplin Moose Lodge for many years. He attended the Emmanuel Baptist Church, of Webb City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elias (Bill) and Josie Heiniger; three sisters, Lorene Gillard, Marjorie Cochran, Iris Mae Burke; son, Jeffery; and granddaughter, Emilee.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years; four children, Barbara Eggers and husband, Greg, of Prescott, Wis., Robert Jr. and wife, Judy, of Joplin, Michael and wife, Anita, of Webb City, and Douglas and wife, Kimberlee, of Joplin; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, in Joplin, Mo., on Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. with visitation preceding from 12 - 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Emmanuel Baptist Church Growth Fund, 300 North Pennsylvania Street, Webb City, MO 64870.
Published on January 5, 2018
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