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Carlton E. Hecker
Carlton E. HeckerAirForceCarlton E. Hecker, 88 of Prospect, died Friday, May 1, 2020 at the Presidential Center in Marion.

He was born October 2, 1931 in Waldo to the late Edward and Marcella (Page) Hecker. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Geraldine M. “Gerry” (Good) Hecker on March 22, 2008, whom he married on June 21, 1957; a grandson, Jacob Shawver, a brother, Judd Hecker and two infant brothers.

He was a 1951 graduate of the Prospect High School and a member of Prospect United Methodist Church.  He was a proud veteran of the U. S. Air Force, in 2014 he was able to be part of the Honor Flight, an experience he greatly appreciated. When they were able, he and his wife, Gerry loved to travel.

Carl had worked in sales for NAPA in Marion, Montgomery Ward in various locations, Lowe’s in Marion, Nestle in New York, and Sears in Marion.

He was an active member at the Marion Senior Center. He had been the director for the former Marion Cadets and was Chief Judge in the State of Ohio for Drum & Bugle Corps competitions. He had also been active with the former Mariners Drum & Baton Corps.

He is survived by a son, Tim (Andrea) Hecker, Ostrander; three daughters, Linda (Jay) Lehman, Marion; Karla Burgess, Prospect; Judy (Jeff) Shawver, Prospect; seven grandchildren, Jeremy (Sarah) Lehman, Justin (Erika) Lehman, Jessica Kelly, Alexis Shawver, Madison Shawver, Dan Wright, Connor Wright; five great-grandchildren, Jackson, Jaycob, Jansen, and Eleanor Lehman, Blake Kelly; and a sister, Ilah (Ernie Bowman) Meddles, Prospect.

Public graveside services (all are welcome to attend) will be Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 1:00 PM at the Prospect Cemetery with Rev. David L. Hoffman officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #1095 and the U. S. Air Force. At the request of the family, everyone in attendance is asked to wear a face mask for the protection of others.

The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home is assisting the family

Memorial gifts may be made to Marion Senior Center, 2375 Harding Highway East, Marion, OH 43302.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Marla
Sat, May 2, 2020 at 7:14 PM

Judy and the entire Hecker Family

I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed seeing him. He always had a smile on his face and was easy to strike up a conversation with. He was so active I always thought it was great that he would attend so many of the athletic events.  
Thinking of you all.
Love The Sager’s

#2 from: Susie Atnip
gilbert az
Sat, May 2, 2020 at 9:49 PM

what a wonderful amazing person Carl was. His influence on so many children will be with them forever. We spent many years connected to this family because of Mariners.  My daughters were involved for years with them.  They learned to twirl and march and about rules and hard work.  All the while making friends.  They traveled from Georgia to Canada with Carl and Gerry.i am saddened by the loss of such a wonderful person and thank his family for sharing him with us.

#3 from: Jennifer (Hicks) Thompson
Sat, May 2, 2020 at 11:40 PM

Ilah, Judy and family- We are so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers
Mike and Jennifer

#4 from: Peggy McNeal Hall
Sun, May 3, 2020 at 9:33 AM

So sorry for your loss. Prayers to all

#5 from: Pauline Oehler
Sun City West  AZ 
Sun, May 3, 2020 at 5:33 PM

Ilah and Carlton's family,
Carlton was my classmate and today I am remembering the good times and many laughs we shared during those years. I am sorry for your loss. May his memory remain in your hearts as you
face the days without him.

Pauline (Daugherty) Oehler

#6 from: Peggy
Mon, May 4, 2020 at 12:24 AM

Linda,Karla,Judy and Tim you have our prayers and hugs. Your dad was a great guy. God Bless

Your cousins
Peggy Penry/Jack/Don/Jim Lane

#7 from: Jack l Scott
marion ohio
Tue, May 5, 2020 at 11:58 AM

The Marion Cadets Alumni send our deepest condolences to the Hecker family and friends. It's always hard to say good by to one of our leaders and friend, but we'll keep him in our memory. RIP  Carl. "Now and Forever"
Marion Cadets

#8 from: Gary Hodges
Tucson, Arizona
Tue, May 5, 2020 at 6:50 PM

So sorry for Carl's passing.  He was such a kind and gentle person, and a great supporter of the Marion Cadets through the years.  RIP Carl, and thanks for who you were.

#9 from: John & Donna Osborn
Wed, May 6, 2020 at 5:20 PM

Dear Linda, Karla, Judy,& Tim and your families. We were so sorry to hear the news of your Dad's death. We have so many good memories of/with your parents. Your family stayed close in touch with our family after we left Prospect. We always e enjoyed our times together. We have missed seeing your Mom for many years now and will miss your Dad too. We love you all and pray for your peace during your time of grief. J&D

#10 from: Phillip Seiter
Thu, May 7, 2020 at 8:45 AM

Judy were so sorry to learn of the death of your father. Please accept our deepest sympathy at this time. Remember all of the good times you had with him.
Phill and Linda Seiter

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