Gaylord Heaston passed away peacefully Monday, July 28, 2014 at Green Acres in Lowell, as he slept next to his wife, Betty (Elizabeth Burrow) of 73 years. Gaylord was born in Huntington, IN on August 12, 1919 to Raymond and Nellie (Warpup) Heaston. He attended Huntington High School (class of 1937), and Indiana Institute of Technology in Ft. Wayne, IN graduating with a Mechanical Engineering degree in 1939. He was employed as Chief Engineer at Gardner Machine Company in Beloit for 50 years, and was a member of ASME for over 60 years. Gaylord served in the Navy during WWII aboard the Blue Ridge in the South Pacific. His brothers Rex & Alvin also served in WWII. Gaylord and Betty made their home in Beloit, WI before moving to Lowell 15 years ago. They have always enjoyed traveling (usually camping) covering all 50 states, and canoeing (most of the rivers in WI). Gaylord was a loving husband, an amazing father, an exceptional grandfather, and an inspirational great grandfather. He enjoyed “projects” and games, especially croquet, with his family.
Gaylord is survived by his wife, Betty; his sister, Clotene Garwood of Roanoke, IN; his two children Diana Bittrick of Lowell, and Dean (Nancy) Heaston of Indian River; his five grandchildren Brenda (Doug) Wunder of Grand Haven, Brett(Amanda) Bittrick of Holland, Brandon Bittrick of Norton Shores, Brien (Amy) Heaston of Canton, Monica (Ryan) Ingalls of Menasha, WI; and his nine great grandchildren Dylan & Sophia Wunder, Landon, Pace & Ava Bittrick and Denon, Jai, Coulter & Iva Ingalls. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Rex, Alvin and Delbert, sister Maro, and son Dale (1959).
Visitation will be held at Roth-Gerst Funeral Home, 305 N. Hudson in Lowell, Friday August 1st from 5:00-8:00. The funeral will also take place at Roth-Gerst Funeral Home (due to construction at the church) on Saturday, August 2nd at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lowell First United Methodist Church, 621 E. Main St. Lowell, MI, 49331.