Carl Norman Heck was born on February 17, 1928, in Ottokee, Ohio. He peacefully passed on November 15, 2021.
He attended schools in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan, meeting his to-be wife, Mary Adelaide “Addie” VanVerth while studying at Toledo University. On June 30, 1949, they married and moved to Winter Haven, Florida, where Carl’s parents had moved. Carl worked for the city of Winter Haven and then got a job at Continental Can Company, where he worked for 28 years. Their children, David, Tommy, and Luann were born in Winter Haven.
They were all very active in Grace Lutheran Church and the Boy and Girl Scouts. Carl was the Den Leader for the boys while in Cub Scouts, and then he went on to be a Scout Leader at the Church. Carl and two other men brought 36 Boy Scouts, including David and Tommy, to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and discovered how great “out west” was. He was a Freemason and a volunteer Fireman for Jan-Phyl Village, where they lived until 1969. After that, Continental Can Company transferred the family to Pleasant Grove, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. Carl again got into leading Boy Scouts, and he achieved the Wood Badge.
Addie and Carl retired in 1981 to reside in Westcliffe for 40 years. They traveled, worked on fixer-upper houses with their daughter, and Carl made wooden toys, puzzles, and decorations. He and Herb Weimer walked and mapped the D & RG Railroad. The maps of that adventure are stored in the All Aboard Museum. Carl and Addie are long-time members of Community United Methodist Church and charter members of All Aboard Westcliffe. He was an avid member of both the Silver Cliffe and Westcliffe Historical Societies and was a docent at the Silver Cliffe museum, Old School in Westcliffe, and All Aboard Westcliffe Museum for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, 4 and a half months, Addie Heck; son, David (Ellie) of rural Westcliffe; daughter, Luann, Agder, Ala; four grandchildren, Amy (Jesse) Warren, Melissa Heck, both of Charlottesville, Virginia, Tember Armstrong of Burton, Michigan, and Jayd (Bethanie) Armstrong of Canon City, CO; eight great-grandchildren, Van, Charlotte, Cliff, Cread (Jewel), Cayed (Baylee), Divanee, Aria, and Landon; and two great-great-grandchildren, Rayne and Delylah. He is preceded in death by his parents, Norman Carl Heck and Ethel (Wooters) Heck; older brother, William Edward; and his son, Thomas “Tommy” Heck, who passed in June of 2021.
Funeral Services will be held at Community United Methodist Church in Westcliffe, CO on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 11:00 am.