Paul Heimrich

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Paul Adam Heimrich, 94, of Mascoutah, IL, born March 13, 1923, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.

Mr. Heimrich was a retired farmer and was a truck driver. He drove a tractor for Eckerts Country Store for several years. He enjoyed playing euchre and pinochle with family and friends.  He was an avid fisherman and hunter, and was a proud gardener.  His name is in the Bowling Hall of Fame for bowling a perfect 300 game. Paul enjoyed pitching horseshoes and trap shooting.  He was a member of the local Moose organization, the retired teamers Local 50, a member of Elkhorn Hunting and Fishing Club, and for ten years served on the Freeburg High School Board of Education.  Paul was a member of Saint Liborius Catholic Church, St. Libory, IL. He always enjoyed time with family and friends, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Rose A., nee Bozsa, Heimrich, whom he married on August 9, 1944 and who died on August 27, 2017; his parents, Joseph and Cecilia, nee Rutz, Heimrich; a daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne (Darrell) Guebert; a sister, Arlene Zimmerman-Leard; a son-in-law, Todd Breitwieser; a granddaughter, Deanna Gavin; and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Surviving are four daughters, Judy (Dave) Gavin of St. Libory, IL, Jan Harding of Lebanon, IL, Joyce (David) Drag of Freeburg, IL, and Jill (Brian) Oeltjen of Mascoutah, IL;
nine grandchildren, Dawn (Tom) Nuetzel, David (Laurie) Gavin, Jr., Derek (Jessi) Gavin, Rhonda Murray, Ryan Lippert, Trevor (Jenna) Breitwieser, Travis Breitwieser, Hunter Oeltjen, and Zane Oeltjen;
13 great-grandchildren;
a great-great-grandchild expected in January;
a brother, Lawrence (Karen) Heimrich;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Saint Liborius Catholic Church or to Freeburg Care Center.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, December 23, 2017, at Saint Liborius Catholic Church, St. Libory, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 23, 2017, at Saint Liborius Catholic Church, St. Libory, IL with Father Paul Weinhoff officiating.

Burial will be at Saint Liborius Catholic Cemetery, St. Libory, IL.


3 Comments on Paul Heimrich

Lee Ann Heaton said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2017 at 3:58 AM

So sorry for your loss. They are all playing cards throwing horse shoes and bowling in heaven

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Dean R. Juenger said : Guest Report Dec 23, 2017 at 11:18 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with Paul's family.. I feel very fortunate to have known Paul my entire life. He truly was a very fine man.

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois
Dave said : Guest Report Dec 22, 2017 at 8:17 PM

My thoughts are with you, Travis, on the loss of your Grandfather.

  • St. Louis
  • MO

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