Thomas Dickinson Heck
July 12, 1940 – December 31, 2015
A man of courage, a man of strength, a humbled man who knew his Lord Jesus Christ, Thomas Dickinson Heck, 75, of Calvert, was called home on Thursday, December 31, 2015. Mass of the Catholic Burial Rite will be at 11a.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Franklin. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hearne where Tom will be laid to rest along side his wife Estella Delphia Wallace. Officiating this Life Tribute Celebration is Reverend Greg McLaughlin, family friend. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory.
Thomas Heck was born to his parents Mr. and Mrs. William Boyd Heck Jr., in Billings, Montana. Upon gradating high school he enlisted in the Air Force where he honorably served 4 years. Over his career he worked for Exxon, Sun Oil Co., and Texas Municipal Power Agency. In 2014, he retired from Heat Transfer Research, Inc., where he was a Research Technician. Tom was the last generation of a certain kind of man; he was honest man who never met a stranger, one who knew how to fix or build anything, knew how to get everywhere and would draw you a map. He was an excellent listener, deeply religious, laughed easily and loved his family, and loved his dogs, trains, planes and tractors. Tom was a good and noble man whose home in Heaven will certainly not be a fixer-upper. He provided for his family and was always willing to help his friends and those less fortunate. Tom shared his Catholic faith with his family. He was honored to be a friend to many and to share his faith with them as well.
He is preceded in death by his wife Estella Delphia Wallace; his step sons Gene Owens and Mark Manning; his sons in-law Mark Pauc, Bob Chapman, Greg Hillyard, and his parents.
He is survived by his children Chris Heck, Russell Heck, Nancy Hillyard , Sarah Bean and husband Darrell, and step daughter Shawn Manning; his grandchildren, Emily, Oliver, Augustine, Isabel, Helayna, Landon, Tinley, Sean, Victoria, Abigail, Gracie, Cody, Lindsey, Kaitlyn, Maire, Roise; great grandchildren, Avery, Miley, Ryder, Thomas and Arelani and other relatives.
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