Richard & Diane Heuerman
August 22, 2013 - August 24, 2013
Obituary
In loving Memory: Richard Harvey Heuerman (Dec. 31, 1940-Aug. 22, 2013) Diane Clare (Hertzfeld) Heuerman (April 1, 1939-Aug. 24, 2013) March 3, 1962 -With the sun shining and snow blanketing Northwest Ohio, Richard Heuerman and Diane Hertzfeld were married. In the company of family and friends, the couple vowed before God to love, honor and obey one another -a promise kept for 51 years. Because hindsight is a gift only the passage of time provides, Richard and Diane couldn't have anticipated the amazing journey that would reveal itself as each year of their marriage folded neatly into the next. It started with a quaint house in the Village of Waterville, Ohio, where they welcomed their first child, daughter, Alyssa Diane, into their family. Years later, it continued when they brought son, Jeffrey Richard, home. Outgrowing their house in town, the decision was made to move to the “country,” where they both felt more comfortable. And so they built a house that would quickly become a home and the root of their lives. Richard used his business acumen during his time with Pinkerton Tobacco Company, Pacific Intermountain Express Company (P.I.E.) and Whitehouse Grain to provide for his family. Unwilling to sit idle in retirement, he took pride in working as a courier for Sky Bank. Meanwhile, Diane worked with her siblings: Bob, Tom, Phil, Frank (deceased), Dave, Barbara (Heising) Clarence Jr., and Bill at Hertzfeld Poultry Farms the family business started by their parents Clarence (deceased) and Alice Hertzfeld (Kuebbler, deceased) in 1959 and incorporated in 1966. As a detail-oriented bookkeeper, Diane played a pivotal role positioning Hertzfeld Poultry for the success it enjoys today. While Richard and Diane were both talented, hardworking professionals, parenthood and marriage were their true vocations. Watching Alyssa and Jeffrey grow into kind, caring, faith-filled adults was their greatest joy. A 1989 graduate of Anthony Wayne High School, Alyssa married Christopher Hodge and graduated from Bowling Green State University. On May 4, 1994 the couple started their family when daughter Kaylie was born. The Hodges were complete on June 26, 1997, with the birth of son, Jacob. Like his parents and his sister, Jeffrey met his wife at Anthony Wayne High School. After graduating in 1992, Jeffrey and Stephanie (McCune) graduated from the University of Cincinnati and started a family when son, Drake, was born on Oct. 13, 1996. In 2011, Jeffrey, Stephanie and Drake extended their family when they traveled to Lesotho, a sovereign region within South Africa, to bring home their youngest son, Isaac. With four grandchildren, it wasn't uncommon for Richard and Diane's home to be bustling with activity. In fact, it was the rule rather than an exception. Drake and Jacob could often be found playing video games in the basement, while Kaylie would sit quietly reading a book she just couldn't put down. Little Isaac fit in immediately. His laughter echoed through the house as he ran from room to room in perpetual motion. In days of better health, Diane would scurry about the kitchen preparing a meal for the family she dedicated her life to serving. All while Richard after a day of antiquing, tending his garden to perfection or preparing for his annual, legendary garage sale would supervise the household from his favorite chair in the family room. Diane and Richard were a team uniquely suited to bring out the best in each other. In the twilight of their lives, Richard and Diane, valiantly, and without complaint, fought against bodies determined to betray them. Though cancer robbed Diane of her strength, it wouldn't, it couldn't weaken her loving heart. And though Richard grew weaker with each passing year, his quick wit, razor-sharp sense of humor and wry smile, never left him. After spending August 22 visiting Diane at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Richard returned home, and settled into his favorite chair. With family by his side, Richard's heart gave way. God granted him the eternal peace He promises. As if Richard was paving the way for Diane, she was called home the morning of August 24 with her sister Barbara by her side. A devout Catholic and proud member of St. Patrick Parish (Providence), Diane was reunited with Richard. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Opal Heuerman of Neapolis, Ohio, and two of his three brothers. Visitation for Richard and Diane is scheduled to be held on Tuesday August 27, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at PEINERT-DUNN FUNERAL HOME, 6603 Providence St., Whitehouse, Ohio 43571. There will be a prayer service Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm at the funeral home. A funeral Mass is scheduled to be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, August 28, 2013 for Richard and Diane at St. Patrick Parish (Providence), 14010 S. River Rd., Grand Rapids, Ohio 43522. Revs. David Tscherne and Adam Hertzfeld will officiate. Immediately following the funeral service, Richard and Diane will be laid to rest in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, 14180 Bailey Rd., Grand Rapids, Ohio 43522. Donations can be made to St. Patrick Parish (Providence) or Hospice of Northwest Ohio. To leave online memory please visit peinertfuneralhome.com
Funeral Information

Visitation

Visitation for Richard and Diane is scheduled to be held on Tuesday August 27, 2013 from 4-8 pm at Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home, 6603 Providence St., Whitehouse, Ohio 43571. There will be a prayer service Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm at the funeral home.

Services

A funeral Mass is scheduled to be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, August 28, 2013 for Richard and Diane at St. Patrick Parish (Providence), 14010 S. River Rd., Grand Rapids, Ohio 43522. Revs. David Tscherne and Adam Hertzfeld will officiate.

Interment

Immediately following the funeral service, Richard and Diane will be laid to rest in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, 14180 Bailey Rd., Grand Rapids, Ohio 43522.
Condolences

Tom and Betty Marlow Miller

We offer the Heuerman and Hertzfeld families our Deepest Sympathy. May God grant you extra strength at this time, and may the many happy memories you have help to sustain you in the days ahead. With caring thoughts and love, Tom and Betty

Joe and Ruth Montion

Barb and all the Hertzfeld family: Our thoughts have been with all of you through the long days and nights of this past week. Now our faith gives us the Hope of Eternal life and being alive with the Lord and our loved ones who have followed Christ during their lives. May God give you peace during this time! Ruth has a very nasty enterovirus and is not feeling well nor do we want to pass it along to anyone else. Please excuse our absence but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Fritz & Nancy Kuebbeler

So sorry to hear the bad news. Diane & Richard will be missed. They are two people I grew up knowing on the Hertzfield farm, Brings back maney memories. Once again we are sorry for the lose of your loved ones. Are prayers are with you all. Fritz & Nancy Kuebbeler

Deborah Coy Wingert

I send condolences because it was my great pleasure to have worked with your father at Pinkerton Tobacco from 1970-1972. He was a true gentleman, kind, and patient with a green 18 yr. old. He took me to auction houses and encouraged my love of antiques. Your mother fed us and was very gracious. You were blessed to have them in your lives.

Michael M. Elling

Dear Families; It was my good fortune to attend school with Diane from sec .dond grade through high school graduation at Anthony Wayne. She was demure, soft spoken, and hard working. She demonstrated the very best of the girls of her generation to be what they could be! I have never forgotten her. --Mike Elling AW/57


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