Russell Ray Heald, 64, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 2:15 am on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at his residence.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth with Pastor Tom Krieger officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Full military rites will be accorded at the Walter Clemons American Legion Post 613 in Chatsworth following services. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Walter Clemons American Legion Post 613, or a charity of the donor’s choice. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling arrangements for the family.
Russell was born January 23, 1949 in Springfield, IL a son of Russell Ray Sr. and Wilhelmean (Bork) Heald. He married Susan Perring on June 25, 1982 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife: Susan Heald of Chatsworth, IL; his son: Justin (Lisa) Heald of Chatsworth, IL; two stepsons: Scott (Hannah) Schuette of Pittsburgh, PA and Cory (Joy) Schuette of Alton, IL; five grandsons: Blake, Dylan, Cameron, Paul James, and Asa; one granddaughter: Willa; one sister: Pam (Norman) Grimsley of Aroma Park, IL; one brother-in-law: David Norvell of Thawville, IL; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister: Sharon Norvell.
Russell served his country in the United States Army from 1969-1975 and attained the rank of SP4 and was stationed in Europe where he was a tank operator. He was a member of the Walter Clemons American Legion Post 613 in Chatsworth and a member of the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth.
He attended the Chatsworth Schools. Russell worked as a mill operator for seventeen years at PTC Alliance in Fairbury. He also worked as a truck driver for a number of years.
Russell’s most important thing in his life was his family. He did enjoy motorcycling, music, and living life to its fullest. He always kept his friends close and was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend who will be greatly missed.