JERRY L. HECKLER, 77, of New Haven, passed away peacefully of Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. Jerry was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church, New Haven. He married his loving wife, Martha (Dressler) 54 years ago at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Avilla. Jerry was an engineer at International Harvester for 21 years and worked after his retirement at Luginbill Wire & Superior Tool. He was a member of the U.S. National Guard from 1958 to 1961. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, nature, history, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Martha; children, Mark (Karla Petry) Heckler and Cindy Baker; sisters, Carolyn Hein and Sharon (Gene) Perry; sister-in-law, Sandra Heckler; grandchildren, Matthew, Michael, Katrina, Logan, and Megan; and great-grandchildren, Blaine, Colin and Eloise. He was preceded in death by his infant son, David; parents, Clifford and Luella Heckler; and siblings, Kenneth and Kathleen. Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 800 Green St., New Haven, with calling one hour prior. The Rev. Paul Shoemaker officiating. Calling also from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 St. Rd. 930 E., New Haven. Burial in the church cemetery. Preferred memorials to Emanuel Lutheran Church or Central Lutheran School. For online condolences, please visit

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