Vern Leroy Heilman, 86, passed away Monday, June 24 2019 at the University of Kansas Hospital. He was born on January 27 1933 to Milo and Maude (Compton) Heilman in Urbana, KS. He grew up on his family farm with his brothers, David and Junior. He was very active in 4-H and FFA throughout his time at Chanute High School. He served as the president of the Neosho County Extension. He was married to Barbara Bryan on June 2, 1957. Together they raised four daughters. Later in life he remarried Mary Moore on December 23 2008.
He was passionate about farming and dancing.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers. He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters, Peggy (Gary) Davidson, Karen (Kent) Powers, Linda (Mark) Robison, and Carol Heilman; grandchildren, Diana Olson, Lisa Ely, Ashleigh Powers, Lindsay Jakovljevic, Amanda Robison, and Savanah Robison; and great-grandchildren, Landon, Lane, Cole, Jase, and Elena.
Viewing: Thursday June 27 2019 at Pierce Carson Wall Funeral Home from 6 pm to 8 pm. Funeral: Friday, June 28 2019 at Galesburg Christian Church with the Reverend Jim Frech officiating at 1:30 pm. Interment to follow. Memorials are suggested to Galesburg Christian Church and may be left or mailed to funeral home, P.O. Box 182, Erie, KS 66733.