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Charles Richard Heisler

Charles Richard Heisler, 71, Warsaw, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, at McAllen Heart Hospital, McAllen, Texas.

He was born April 6, 1937, in Hancock County, the son of Quigley and Beatrice (Martin) Heisler.

He married Rogene Mulch on Aug. 23, 1958, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Carthage. She survives.

He is also survived by his mother of Keokuk, Iowa; three daughters, Cindy (Terry) Pruitt, Homer, Julie (Rex) Massey, Dyersville, Iowa, and Valerie (Trent) Fink, Warsaw; one brother, Mike (Diane) Heisler, Warsaw; one sister, Lucille (Curt) Stevens, Warsaw; seven grandchildren, Lucas, Brent and Joel Pruitt, Ally, Tyson and Regan Massey, and Kasey Fink; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, one brother in infancy, and one nephew, Randy Mulch.

He graduated from Warsaw High School, where he excelled in sports, including football, track and basketball. He continued his football career at Western Illinois University, where he received his bachelor of science in education. He also earned his masterís degree from Illinois State University.

He taught and coached in Plymouth and Atlanta schools. He later became superintendent of schools in Broadwell. In 1978 he and his family moved to Warsaw where he farmed in the Warsaw Bottoms. Later, he served as superintendent of schools in the Nauvoo/Colusa district from 1999-2003.

He was an active member of St. Paulís Church, Warsaw. He enjoyed vacationing, camping and wintering in Pharr, Texas. He also enjoyed cooking and the time he spent farming. Most of all he enjoyed the time he spent with his family.

Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at St. Johnís Episcopal Church, Keokuk.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at St. Johnís Episcopal Church, Keokuk, with Father Larry Snyder officiating.

Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Warsaw.

Family and friends are invited to the Bott Center, Warsaw, following the graveside service for refreshments.

Memorials may be made to St. Paulís Church, Warsaw.

Lamporte-St. Clair Funeral Home, Warsaw, is in charge of arrangements.

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