Bernard I. Heet, 94, formerly of Taos, died Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Heisinger Bluffs in Jefferson City surrounded by his family.
He was born on April 29, 1926, in Taos, the son of the late Bernard Henry and Elizabeth J. Dirckx Heet.
He was married on January 28, 1950 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Jefferson City to Laurine Mary Kliethermes who preceded him in death on July 29, 2017. Together they shared sixty-seven years and are now reunited again.
On October 24, 1944, he was inducted into the United States Navy and served as a signal man aboard the submarine chaser USS PC-817 in the Pacific Theater during World War Two. He was honored to have visited Washington, D.C. as a member of the Honor Flight program and to have received the American Legion Quilt of Valor for his years of service to our country.
Bernard returned from the war and went to work for Sexton Ford as their Parts Manager and then on December 16, 1956, went to work for the Missouri State Highway Patrol and retired as Superintendent of Garages on March 1, 1994.
Bernard was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church where he served on the Parish Council and as an usher. He was also a member of St. Francis Xavier Knights of Columbus Council No. 6430.
He was known for his smile and joy for life, never questioning or complaining. His answer to life's trials was to "say Hail Marys." He loved his wife, his family, his faith, and the Rosary. He enjoyed sitting on the porch swing listening to his beloved St. Louis Cardinals and watching them on TV. His love for baseball included years of playing and coaching local Taos teams. He loved hunting, fishing, gardening, horseshoes, and pinochle card games -- passions he shared with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Those left to cherish his memory include six children, Dinah (Roger) Hagner, Jefferson City; Daryl (Mary) Heet, Jefferson City; Dan (Dawn) Heet, Jefferson City; Doris Cadd, Liberty, Missouri; Dave (Dana) Heet, Linn, Missouri; and Denise Heet, Columbia, Missouri; nine grandchildren, Laura (Bill) Voss; Ryan (Jennifer) Hagner; Joe (Katie) Heet; Kevin (Tonya) Hagner; Jeff (Cheryl) Heet; Tabatha (Justin) Krieger; Emma Cadd; Lindsey Heet; and Sarah Cadd; ten great-grandchildren, Jacob, Shelby, and Drew Voss; Zach, Jake, Avery, Derek, and Jace Hagner; and Everleigh and Ava Krieger; two siblings, Frank Heet, Holts Summit, Missouri; and Irene Kliethermes, Loose Creek, Missouri; in-laws, Lorene Heet; Harry and Bernice Kliethermes; Edgar Kliethermes; Alvina Jaegers; Dorothy Thessen; and Vincent Prenger; and many family and friends.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Kathy Heet; siblings and spouses, Irene (Roy) Cavendar; Margaret (Victory) Coffey; Charlie (Alma) Heet; Harold Heet; Donald (Lola) Heet; and Rudy Heet; and in-laws, Jean Heet; Clifford Kliethermes; Oscar (Maggie) Kliethermes; Elsie (Urban) LeCuru; Shirley Prenger; Leslie Jaegers; and Walter Thessen.
Visitation will be 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7th, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Taos.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Taos, with the Rev. Michael Penn officiating. The service will be live streamed for those who wish to watch from home. The link can be found on Bernard’s obituary page at www.dulletrimble.com.
Burial with military honors will be in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery, Taos.
The general public is welcome to attend the services while following social distancing guidelines and wearing masks when entering and exiting the church. Disposable masks will be provided by Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home if needed.
The family wants to keep everyone safe so has decided not to have a luncheon after the funeral.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 7319 Route M, Jefferson City, MO 65101.
Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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