He was born on July 27, 1932, in Brazil, to the late Augustus and Blodwyn Jones Heiliger.
Prior to moving to Lake Norman, he retired from a lifelong career in the aerospace industry, most recently his 19 years with Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, Conn.
Those who mourn his death and celebrate his life are his wife Beverly, sons Dave and wife Joni and their children Davey and Shawn-Marie, Charlotte, N.C., Ken and wife Kathy and their sons Cam and Chad, Matthews, N.C., Jon and wife Renee and their daughters Elise and Lauren, Bluffton, S.C., daughter Susan Kirk and husband Tom and their children Marin and Braden, Califon, N.J.
A memorial service will take place at 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, at Community in Christ Lutheran Church, with Rev. Carl Yost officiating. A time of fellowship will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care Lake Norman, 705 Griffith St., Suite 203, Davidson, N.C., 28036, Community in Christ Lutheran Church, 7621 Norman Island Dr., Cornelius, N.C., 28031, or the charity of your choice.
Raymer Funeral Home, North Carolina, is handling arrangements.