Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


Edward B. Heckendorn, Jr., 84, formerly of Wooster, died Thursday, December 23, 2010, in Blacksburg, Virginia, after a period of declining health. Burial was at the Wooster Cemetery.
Friends may call Saturday, January 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. at McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home, Wooster. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Larry Black officiating.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Margaret (Peg) T. Heckendorn; two sons, Ted A. Heckendorn (Ann) of Beavercreek, Ohio and Steven E. Heckendorn (Nancy) of Christiansburg, Virginia; and three grandchildren, Emily, Wesley, and Kathryn.
Born December 2, 1926, in Massillon, Ohio, Ed was the only child of Edward B. and Ella F. (Stedman) Heckendorn. After graduating from Massillon Washington High School in 1944, Ed attended Ohio Wesleyan University where he joined the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and met his future wife, Peg Hale from Marion, Ohio. After a semester of college he entered the U.S. Army and became a staff sergeant in the 808th Engineer Aviation Battalion. Serving as supply sergeant and acting first sergeant of Company C, Ed assisted with the modernization of the Tokyo, Japan airport at the end of World War II. After his military discharge, he returned to Ohio Wesleyan and graduated in 1950. That same year Ed married Peg on August 5, they settled in Wooster, and he began a career as a cost accountant for The Wooster Brush Co. Eventually Ed would become the plant personnel manager, a position that he held until his retirement in 1991.
Ed truly enjoyed his work in human resource management and participated in various professional organizations including the Wayne County Personnel Association (now called the Wayne Area Human Resources Association), of which he was a charter member, president, and regional director. He was also president of the Safety Council of the Wooster Chamber of Commerce and was active in the Ohio Manufacturers? Association, the American Society for Personnel Administration (now called the Society for Human Resource Management), and the American Society for Training and Development.
Shortly after moving to Wooster, Ed joined the Wooster Club of Active 20-30 International and later became its president and Man of the Year. After reaching Active 20-30?s age limit, he joined the Wooster Club of Kiwanis International and would be an enthusiastic member for nearly four decades. Ed held numerous positions including president of the Wooster Club and lieutenant governor of division 17 of the Ohio district. He was also president of Wooster?s Inter-Club Service Council.
A cancer survivor, Ed was president and board member of the Wooster Unit of the American Cancer Society. He also sat on the boards of Wooster United Way, Wayne County Human Services, and West View Manor. In service to the youth of the community, Ed was a consultant to Junior Achievement and an advisor to the business programs of Ashland College, Wayne College of the University of Akron, and Wayne County Schools Career Center. As a former scout, Ed remained involved in Boy Scouts as a leader at the troop and district levels.
Additionally, Ed was a member of the Wayne County Investors Forum, a Master Mason, treasurer of the Wooster Softball Association, and president of the Wayne-Holmes County Ohio Wesleyan Association.
From their early days in Wooster until 2005 when they moved to Blacksburg to live near their son, Ed and Peg belonged to the Wooster United Methodist Church. There Ed was active in various groups including Sunday school classes. For many years Ed and Peg enjoyed summer vacations at Lakeside, Ohio and autumn weekends at Mohican State Park. Ed liked to golf and was a fan of Ohio State, College of Wooster, Massillon, and Cleveland sports. He also enjoyed traveling, fishing, bowling, and playing cards.
Those who wish may contribute in Ed?s memory to the Wooster United Methodist Church, 243 N. Market Street, Wooster, OH 44691, or to the National Parkinson Foundation (

Memorial Contributions
Wooster United Methodist Church, 243 N. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691 or to the Parkinson Foundation (

Memorial Service on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 3:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home

Saturday, January 15, 2011 from 1-3:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home


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