GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                       Saturday, March 20, 2004

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Vernon V. Heilig     

 

   TURNER -- Vernon V. Heilig, 94, a longtime Turner farmer, died of natural causes Thursday at a Havre care center. 

   His funeral is 2 p.m. Monday at the Turner Christian Church, with burial in Turner Cemetery. Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook is in charge of arrangements.  Survivors include daughters Tana Truscott of Clarkston, Wash., Amy Hutton of Turner and Laurie Blackmarr of Lake Stevens, Wash.; sons LaVerne Heilig of St. George, Utah, Kenneth and Richard Heilig of Turner, Gary Heilig of Moore and David Heilig of Long Beach, Calif.; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. 

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Montana Heilig, in 1996.           

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HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                               Monday, March 22, 2004

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VERNON HEILIG


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TURNER - Vernon V. Heilig, 94, died Thursday, March 18, 2004, at a Havre care center due to natural causes.

A funeral service was scheduled for 2 p.m. today in the Turner Christian Church with burial following in the Turner Cemetery.

Vernon was born on June 7, 1909, to Jesse and Amy (Viele) Heilig in Tecumseh, Neb. He was a football player, threw the disc and was class president of his graduat-

ing class in Boise, Idaho, in 1929. Vernon worked as a mechanic at Buick Motors and the Coca Cola plant in Boise until the fall of 1932.

He married Montana MacDonald on Aug. 23, 1931, in Boise, Idaho. They moved to the family farm in 1932 and Vernon took the last homestead claim in Blaine County in 1932-33. During the 1930s, he worked on WPA projects along the Canadian border. He continued farming and adding additional farms to his dad's original farm.

Vernon enjoyed walks around his farm and picking rocks from the fields. He like to read, listen to music, talk politics and was a fan of Monday Night Football. In 1947 he purchased a home in Turner for the winter months and for their children going to school. Vernon and his wife started spending winters in the south in 1977. They spent time in St. George, Utah, places in Arizona and enjoyed visiting relatives in Oregon, Idaho and Washington. They also did some winter housesitting for friends and family.

He was very pleased with his stay at Northern Montana Care Center the last six years and enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren's visits.

His wife Montana preceded him in death in 1996.

Survivors include his sons, Laverne Heilig of St. George, Utah, Kenneth (Phyllis) Heilig and Richard (Sharla) Heilig of Turner, Gary (Helen) Heilig of Moore, David (Jeannie) Heilig of Long Beach, Calif.; daughters, Tana (Tom) Truscott of Clarkston, Wash., Amy (Dan) Hutton of Turner, Laurie Blackmarr of Lake Stevens, Wash.; 17 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to the Turner Christian Church.

Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.

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THE BLAINE CO. JOURNAL NEWS-OPINION                  Wednesday, March 24, 2004

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Vernon Heilig

   Vernon V. Heilig. 94, died of natural causes at the Northern Montana Care Center in Havre on Thursday, March 1 8, 2004. Funeral services were held on Monday, March 22, at 2:00 p.m. in the Turner Christian Church, with burial following in the Turner Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Turner Chris­tian Church. Arrangements were by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.

   Vernon was born on June 7, 1909 to Jesse and Amy (Vielc) Heilig in Tecumseh, Nebraska. In high school he played fool-ball and threw the discus in track. His senior year he was president of the graduating class of 1929 in Boise, Idaho.

   On August 23. 1931 Vernon married Montana McDonald in Boise. He continued to work as a mechanic at Buick Motors and the Coca Cola plant in Boise until the fall of 1932, that’s when they moved to the Turner area and Vernon took the list homestead claim in Blaine County (in 1932-33).

   During the 1930’s he worked on WPA projects along the Ca­nadian Border and continued farming, adding additional farms to his dad’s original homestead. In 1947 he purchased a home in Turner where they lived during the winters months and while their children attended school.

   Vernon enjoyed walks around his farm and picking rocks from the fields. He liked to read, lis­ten to music, talk politics and was a fan of Monday Night Football. In 1977 Vernon arid Montana began spending winters in the south. They spent time  in St. George. Utah, places like Arizona and enjoyed visiting relatives in Oregon, ldaho and Washington. They also did some house silting during the winter months for friends and family.

   Montana passed away in 1996, and Vernon was very pleased with his stay in the Northern Montana Care Center during the last six years. He always enjoyed visits from his  grandchildren and great grand children.

   Survivors include sons, Laverne Hieilig of St. George. UT Kenneth (Phiyllis) and Richard (Sharla) Heilig all of Turner, Gary (Helen) Hielig of Moore, MT, and David Heilig of Long Beach, CA; daughters, Tana(Tom) Truscott of Clarkston, WA, Amy (Dan) I Hutton of Turner, and Laurie Blackmarr of  Lake Stevens, WA; plus 1 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildrern.                                                            

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