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Clarence W. Heckman

1931 - 2018

Clarence W. Heckman, 87, of White Deer Pike, White Deer, passed away on October 7, 2018 in Milton.  Born in Milton on January 8, 1931, he was the son of the late John C. Sr. and Catherine (Nitterhouse) Heckman.  He was married on February 10, 1951 to the former Polly Stump who survives.


Clarence was a 1949 graduate of Milton High School and worked at ConAgra in Milton where he retired in 1996.  He was an Air Force veteran that served in the Korean War.  Clarence was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in New Columbia.  He was also a member of the VFW Post 8206 in Turbotville and of the American Legion Post 71 in Milton, where he was a past commander, past adjutant, and served faithfully with the funeral honor guard for many years.  He enjoyed collecting coins and Hess trucks.  He liked history and Western movies.  Clarence liked to keep a garden, tinker around the house and was a handyman.  He was a giving man who volunteered his time to help others and most importantly he loved his family.


He is survived by his wife, Polly, a daughter, Jeanette “Jan” Hanlon of New Columbia; two brothers, Guy Heckman of Milton and William Heckman of Muncy; four grandchildren, Saranda (Brungard) Fritz, Kalicia Brungard, Michael “Tony” Heckman, and Stephen Heckman; and three great grandchildren, Lydia, Lucas, and Evalynn Fritz.


Clarence was preceded in death by a son, Michael T. Heckman; two brothers, John C. Heckman Jr., and Harold Heckman; and two sisters, Jean Baker, and Jessie Mae Prowant.


Friends and relatives will be received on Friday, October 12 from 1-2 p.m. at the Frist Baptist Church, 316 Golf Course Rd., Milton, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Jamie Dries officiating.  Burial with military honors will follow in Highland Cemetery in New Columbia. 


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested to the American Legion Post 71, 401 N. Front St., Milton, PA 17847


The Milton area has lost one of its most selfless people with Clarence's passing. Seldom does one encounter someone so kind and someone who is always helping others. His service and devotion to his country, to those who served this nation, to his wife and to his family will long be remembered. My sincerest sympathies to you Jan and your entire family. May God grant you strength and my you know God's never failing love at this most challenging time. I will miss your father very much. Peace in Christ, Mindy

You,Jan and your family have my sympathy. I sure miss his teasing when we visited Dad. He was a great example of a father and husband, and grandfather.

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