Remembering Jack R. Heller, CFO (1940-2016)

Jack HellerW. A. Schickedanz Agency, Inc. appreciates Jack Heller’s 42 years of service. In 1974 Jack began as our outside Auditor/CPA and in 2005 became our Chief Financial Officer.

Jack R. Heller, 76, of Belleville, Ill., born Nov. 8, 1940, in Belleville, Ill., died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, at Barnes­Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO, after a short, but valiant battle with Leukemia. His faith in God and devotion to his family supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.

Jack was born in Belleville, Ill. and raised in Millstadt, Ill. He was immersed in the Lutheran Church, but was active within the Catholic faith and was a devoted parishioner at St. Peter's Cathedral in Belleville for more than 50 years. Jack was educated at Millstadt Grade School, Belleville West High School, and received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Accounting from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. After completing his studies and becoming a CPA, he was employed with a number of Big Eight firms. Jack was also a partner of a respected accounting firm in Belleville and eventually established Heller and Associates in 1988. After successfully managing his own firm for more than 15 years, a merger with another firm allowed Jack to continue as a principal and collaboratively grow the business. Jack also served as CFO of W.A. Schickedanz for eleven years prior to a planned 2017 retirement and up to the time in which he was admitted to Barnes­Jewish Hospital.

Jack served as an officer in the United States Army, and later served in the Army Reserves for six years. He was a member of the Millstadt American Legion Post #502. Jack had many interests and was active in a number of organizations, including Millstadt Little Dutchmen (youth football) and Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. He was an avid golfer, youthful in spirit, and always ready for an adventure. Jack served on the board of Memorial Hospital (Belleville) and was a supporter of various philanthropic organizations. He was a role model of support to his entire family, and treasured time spent together creating memories.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Erwin F. and Vera H., nee Buecher, Heller; a niece, Suzanne Miller; and a brother­in­law, Monty Miller.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 52 years, Elizabeth "Jill", nee Blankinship, Heller, whom he married on Aug. 22, 1964; a son, Jack (Malea Payne) Heller of St. Louis, Mo.; daughter, Beth (Craig) Ball of St. Louis, Mo.; five grandchildren, Jack, Lucy, Molly, and Libby Heller; and Alivia Ball; a sister, Betty Miller of Missoula, Mont.; and nieces and nephews and their families.

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