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          Omar Edward “Ed” Heckethorn, Sr., 58, of Memphis, MO, passed away in his home on Monday, December 24, 2012.

The son of Emmett Porter and Virginia M (Chambers) Heckethorn, he was born on January 31, 1954 in Crawford County, Missouri.  Ed graduated from Gorin High School, in 1972.

He was in the United States Army from September 8, 1972 and was honorably discharged on May 3, 1974.  He served in Vietnam and Korea.  After the service, he moved to Eldon, Missouri.

Ed liked to hunt and fish.  He enjoyed crafting items out of wood.

On December 12, 1987, he married Phyllis Doyle in St. James, MO where they resided until 2009. While in St. James, he coached in the youth football  league that his son participated in for five years. He also coached the undefeated baseball team that his son participated in and they won the city of St. James championship.

Ed and Phyllis moved to Memphis in 2009.

He was a member of the Gorin United Methodist Church and the Gorin Go-Getters 4H Club.

Preceding him in death were his father and his brother, James Blain.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis, six children, Michael Pendleton, Virginia Bates, Lucas Heckethorn, Charley Huss, Donita Mathis, and Omar Heckethorn, Jr;  nine grandchildren; his mother, Virginia (Ivan) Woods; his brother, Wesley Heckethorn; and nieces, nephews, cousins, and other loved ones.

Funeral services were held on Friday, December 28, 2012, at 2 p.m. in the Gerth Funeral Chapel with Pastor Homer Poor of the Gorin United Methodist Church officiating. Gary Neagle, Aaron Neagle, Shelby Smith, Tyler Mallett, Kevin Jernigan, Craig Wittstock, and Omar Heckethorn, Jr. served as pall bearers.  Burial was in the Gorin Cemetery with military gravesite rites conducted by the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial V.F.W. Post #4958.

Memorials have been suggested to the family and may be left at or mailed to Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main, Memphis, MO 63555.

Condolences may be sent to Mr. Heckethorn’s family by signing the guest book at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.