John M. Heit -- Brookville, Ohio

December 28, 2016 GMT

John Marvin Heit, (father of Jannet Heit Bakke) 88, of Brookville, Ohio, passed away Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016.

John was born on Nov. 3, 1928, to Jack and Genevieve Heit in Kansas City, Mo. He graduated from Hayden Catholic High School in Topeka, Kan., and attended Kansas State University after serving in the Army during WWII, where he flew in the P-61 Night Fighter, the first plane with radar. He married Ruth Leora Dandurand and had 7 children. He worked as a typesetter and printer for Dayton Typographic Service, while serving as chief of the Trotwood Rescue Squad. After retirement, they moved to Salina, Kan. He was an avid hockey fan, was a statistician for Dayton Gems Hockey, and traveled with Jannet and family to numerous Frozen Four Hockey tournaments throughout the country. Highlights of his life included flying on the Kansas Honor Flight to the WWII Memorial, fishing in Alaska, traveling to Hawaii and Europe with his wife, spending time with his grandchildren and celebrating his and Lee’s 65th wedding anniversary. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and VFW.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lee, who recently passed on Aug. 8, 2016; and grandson, Jonathan May.

He is survived by his seven children, Sharon (Robert) May of Tipton, Kan., Jim Heit of Redding, Calif., Jan (Brian) Bakke of Rochester, Bill (Lark) Heit of Brookville, Ohio, Joe (Diane) Heit of Dallas, Nancy (David) Brown of Kattering, Ohio, and Chuck (Dawn) Heit of Clayton, Ohio; 17 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Service is arranged for Jan. 7, 2017, at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. by Gilbert-Fellers Funeral Home, Brookville, Ohio.