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Obituary of Ronald Lee Heilgeist


Ronald Lee Heilgeist, 76, of North Main Street, Homer, passed away following an extended illness on July 10, 2022 while under the care of Hospice and his loving family.

He was born March 28, 1946 in Dixon, Illinois, the only child of Paul and Mildred Frase Heilgeist. Ron entered the United States Marine Corps in February 1966 and was honorably discharged in February of 1968.

For several years he was employed as a police officer primarily in Colorado, before becoming a freelance photographer.

He relocated to Homer in 2010 where he was a member if the Cortland County Marine Corps League and the Romeo Club.

Surviving is his wife Carol Diekow Heilgeist; two children, Deanne L. (Tom) Daugherty of Bloomington, Illinois and Jeffrey S. Heilgeist of Dunlap, Tennessee; three grandchildren, Sabrina (Chris), Luis Heilgeist and Angelina Heilgeist.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Heilgeist’s name may be directed to Hospice of Cortland, the American Cancer Society, or the Cortland County Marine Corp League.

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