LTC Edward L Heft was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 11/17/2018 at the age of 84.0
Dayton, OH
Date of Birth 12/05/1934
Served in the U.S. Air Force
Served in Vietnam with 38 ARRS DET 1 in 68
This information was provided by Sammie Williams - obit

More detail on this person: HEFT, Edward (Ed) Lee Retired Lieutenant Colonel, Edward (Ed) Lee Heft, 83, passed away after a long struggle with cancer on November 17, 2018, at the Dayton VA Hospice, Dayton, Ohio. Ed was born on December 5, 1934, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Melvin Lyle Heft and Edna Erhart Heft. He received his bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ed served in United States Air Force from 1959-1979. His compelling call to duty, camaraderie with others in the Armed Forces, degree in Aeronautical Engineering and penchant for Research and Development allowed him to contribute much to our country and propelled him into an exemplary service record. He flew Search and Rescue during his tour in Vietnam and was awarded a Silver Star for his bravery in action and was a Test Pilot. He was actively involved in community activities, agriculture, and Holistic Health. Ed is survived by his wife, Mary Jean DeRado Heft, children: Trina Heft Bornejko (Chris), Edward Heft II (Jana), Eric Heft (Sandi), Kristen Goecker (Brandon), Taylor Perkins, Yvette Farrell (Tim), Roger Merkel, Matt Merkel (Julie), Katherine Lowry (Zach) grandchildren: Richard Smith, Amber Dierking (Kelby), Rhiannon Bryan (Daniel), Alex Heft (Devon Howe), Brenden and Alysa Farrell, Caroline and Isabelle Merkel, Brianna and Mia Lowry, great-grandchildren: Blake Morfield Smith, Rowan and Bryce Dierking, Kara and Haven Heft. Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin Lyle Heft and Edna Erhart Heft, brother, Walt Heft (Phyllis), mother of his children, Goldie Lavina Lane Heft, grandson, Ian J. Bornejko. Graveside Military Service pending at the Dayton National Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio. Please see: www.tobiasfuneralhome.com for updates. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made too: Vietnam Veterans of America http://vva.org/>VVA.org Disabled American Veteran's 1-855-619-4376. Special thanks to Dayton VA Hospice, Dayton, Ohio. Published in Dayton Daily News on Nov. 25, 2018

Burial information: Dayton National Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio

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