He grew up in Polk and graduated from Mapleton High School in 1985. Gary had worked as a top grill cook at Lyn-Way Restaurant in Ashland the past 13 years, and was a member of the Winning Side Baptist Church in Norton.
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Vickie (Casto) Heilman, whom he married on June 20, 1997; his mother, Arlinda Gonzalez; father, Robert (Josephine) Heilman, Sr.; siblings, Robert (Debbie) Heilman, Jr., Virginia (Aaron) McClellan, Johnny (Marcy) Heilman, David (Erin) Hundley; grandmother, Ruth Hamilton; step brother and sisters; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Jimmy Lee Heilman; and grandfather, Charles Hamilton, Sr.
Funeral Service will be held Monday, July 22, 2013, 11 A.M., at the Parker & Son Funeral Home, 210 Medina St., Lodi (330-948-1122). Pastor Tim Hileman will officiate. Burial will follow at Congress Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, July 21, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family to help with expenses, c/o Winning Side Baptist Church, 3200 Easton Rd., Norton, OH 44203.
Online tributes may be left at www.parkerfuneralhomes.com