Bernard Heitz
Bernard Heitz
  • December 16, 1938 - September 27, 2015
  • Illinois

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Bernard "Benny" Heitz, 77, of Rock Island, died Sunday, September 27, 2015 at St. Anthony's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Rock Island.

Services will be held Thursday, October 1, 2015 1:00 p.m. at Hodgson Funeral Home, visitation will be two hours prior to service. Burial will be in Rock Island Memorial Park Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

Benny was born December 16, 1938, in Rock Island, the son of Raymond T. Heitz, Sr. and Edna Payne. He married Barbara Fordham on April 2, 1960.

Benny attended Rock Island schools before going to work for Servus Rubber and later John Deere. He was a proud member of United Auto Workers and very grateful for the life his career at John Deere allowed him to provide his family.

In his younger years, Benny enjoyed racing his stock car "No.37" sponsored by Guzzo Radiator at East Moline Speedway.

Mr. Heitz was very patriotic and a loyal supporter of Disabled American Veterans. Memorials can be made to Disabled American Veterans or Rock Island -Milan Schools Foundation.

He was a loving father.

Survivors include his sons, John, Moline; and David, Rock Island; sisters, Mary Ruby, Rock Island; Enid Welch, East Moline; and Linda Heitz, Rock Island; sisters-in-law, Geri Heitz, East Moline and Kay Heitz, Rock Island and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Ray "Ted" Heitz, East Moline, Dr. Robert Heitz, Rock Island and infant brother, John Dennis.