Gerald ďGerryĒ Glenn Heilman ,94, died peacefully Monday, January 23, 2017
at Riverwoods in Lewisburg PA. He was born May 17, 1922 in Manchester, York
County, PA the son of the late John Elias and Mary Jane (Detwiler) Heilman.
married to Geraldine Marie (Bowker) Heilman for 70 years, who survives. They
were married June 8, 1946.
graduated from Manchester High School (now Northeastern High School),
Albright College, Reading, PA, and United Evangelical Seminary, Evanston, IL
with a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1947. He was ordained a Full Elder in
the Central PA. Conference (now Susquehanna) of the Evangelical United
Brethren (now United Methodist) Church in 1948. While a high school student,
he sang in a student quartet and sang the role of Captain in the senior play
HMS Pinafore operetta. While at Albright he was a member of
Pi Omega Social Fraternity, president of Kappa Tau Chi pre-ministerial
fraternity and Young Menís Christian Association (YMCA); and sang in the
employed as a clergyman by the Conference for 45 years serving 11
congregations including Calvary EUB church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as student
pastor; the West Milton Charge; Middlesex Charge; Immanuel EUB church,
Baltimore, MD.; Trinity United Methodist, Williamsport; Simpson-Temple Yoked
Parish, Altoona; and St. Paulís United Methodist, Lewisburg from where he
retired in 1991.
Reverend Heilman was active in mission work, serving as Dean of Conference
Schools of Christian Mission, local interfaith activities, and served on the
denominationí s Commission on the Role and Status of Women. His memberships
included MFSA (Methodist Federation for Social Action), Preacherís Aid
Society, and Susquehanna Conference Credit Union. He was a lifeguard at
Central Oak Heights church camp, where he also was a counselor for Music
Camps for many years. He was the camp cook at deer hunting camp for 35
Reverend Heilman enjoyed reading, gardening, singing with the Chi Rho
Singers (Conference clergy choir), flea markets and auctions, cooking, and
spending time at the family cottage at Central Oak Heights, West Milton,
addition to his wife he is survived by three daughters: Suzanne K.,
Williamsport; Liz H. Dincher (Bill), Lawrenceville; and Rebecca L. Heffner
(Dale), Alburtis, PA and two sons; Peter S. (Nancy), Williamsport, and Paul
D., of Sunbury/West Milton.
surviving are 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He is also
survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two
brothers, Kenneth and Claire and three sisters; Margaret E. Heilman Swan
Arber. Miriam V. Heilman Strausbaugh and Theda Heilman Ely.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Geraldís Life
to be held on Saturday, January 28, 2917 2016 at 3:00 PM at St. Paul United
Methodist Church with the Reverend Judy Herrold officiating. Friends will
be received from 2:00 until the time of service.
family will provide flowers. Memorial Contributions may be made to Central
Oak Heights Tabernacle Roof Fund PO Box 879 Bowie MD 20718, Riverwoods
Benevolent Care Fund 15 Ridgecrest Circle Lewisburg PA 17837, or St. Paulís
United Methodist Church Mission Fund 42 S. 4th Street Lewisburg
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 West
Mahoning Street Danville PA. www.visneski.com