Dwight G. Heckert, 78, of Mendota passed away July 21, 2019 at Aperion Care, Spring Valley.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Mendota with Rev. Susan Presley officiating. Burial will be in Restland Cemetery, Mendota. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of services in the church. Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota is assisting the family.
Dwight was born in rural Venedy, October 12, 1940 to George and Esther (Runge) Heckert. He was the youngest of six siblings. After attending Okawville schools, he graduated from the University of Illinois in 1962. He went on to earn a MA degree in Education. At the U of I he met and married Tess Stratton on September 1960. Dwight worked in farm management and banking for 37 years, retiring in 2000. Following retirement, he served as the city treasurer and did volunteer work in many forms.
Dwight played clarinet in the 2nd regimental band at U of I and sang in the Bloomington Barbershop Chorus and the Presbyterian Church choir. He loved history and nature, spending hours on research projects and the herbarium for Nachusa Grasslands and Amboy Marsh Nature Preserve. Most of all, he will be remembered for his love of family.
Dwight is survived by his wife Tess of Mendota; two daughters Amy (Dave) Brewer of Mendota and Laura (Brian) Schmidt of Littleton; three grandsons, Alex, Drew and Dillon, one brother, Bob (Valeria) Heckert; sister in law Juanita Heckert, many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund or First Presbyterian Church.