Rick Heckert, 72, of Lawson, MO, passed away peacefully on January 8, 2022 at his daughter’s home in Excelsior Springs, MO.
Rick was born on November 2, 1949 in Kansas City, KS, to Allen and Nadine “Peggy” Heckert. After graduating from Central High School in St. Joseph, MO, in 1968, he went on to study engineering and electronics at Missouri Western State College. He graduated with a degree in Electronics in 1976.
During his college years, Rick served his country by joining the United States Navy Reserve. He served in the Seabees, working on many military-funded construction projects around the St. Joseph, MO, area. He received an honorable discharge from the Navy in 1994.
Rick met his future wife, Kathy Robreau on November 20, 1970. They had their first date at the Snow White restaurant in St. Joseph, MO, and remained together for over fifty years until his death. They wed on December 23, 1978. Together, they had two children, Chad and Rebecca.
Rick put his machine and engineering skills to use working for 35 years as maintenance mechanic for the United States Postal Service in Kansas City, MO, before his retirement in 2019. He also pursued his love of machines and building things through his hobbies of wood and metal working.
Rick is survived by his wife, Kathy; his son, Chad and his wife, Lindsey; his daughter, Rebecca; his granddaughter, Clementine; his brother, Ronnie and his wife, Dorothy; as well as his niece, Rhonda.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Allen and Nadine Heckert.
A private home memorial service will be held at a later date.
Our Sincere Condolences
Hello Kathy, sending condolences to you and your family on the passing of your husband … Rick … always sad to lose a loved one … sorry he did not have a lot of time to enjoy his retirement … prayers your way … and holding u and your family in my heart … thoughts … and prayers!!!
So very sorry to learn of Rick’s passing. We spent countless hours together during our high school days and so many fond memories of those fun times. Unfortunately I lost track of Rick. I wish I had known he was living in the area so we could have gotten reconnected. My thoughts go out of his family and friends.
Sad to hear of Rick’s passing. He and I were good friends during high school and he introduced me to my wife Sandy to whom I’ve now been married for almost 52 years. Rick, may you rest in peace!