Ned A. Heighway, 78, Akron, died at 1:10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, at his residence in Akron, surrounded by his family.
Ned was born April 21, 1944, in Rochester, to the late Robert O. and Ruth Eleanor (Hamilton) Heighway. Ned was married on June 20, 1965, in Rochester, to Linda L. Severns; she survives.
Ned was a 1962 graduate of Beaver Dam High School. He worked for Lau Industries for 42 years, retiring in 2010. While at Lau, he served as treasurer of the UAW. Ned farmed and ran his own body shop from home, in his spare time. He was a lifetime member of the Beaver Dam United Methodist Church. He served his community as the caretaker of the Nichols Cemetery since his father’s passing. He was a 10 year 4-H member and later became a leader of the Kosciusko County Horse and Pony Club. Ned also was a member of the Echoes of the Past Tractor Club. He was always a tractor enthusiast, especially Internationals. Ned’s prize possession was his father’s M, which he restored. He enjoyed parades, tractor drives and farming with his dad. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Heighway, Akron; daughters, Ginger (James) Holloway, Burket, Amy (Mike) Murphy, Akron and Heather (Chris) Griffith, Syracuse; grandchildren Kole, McKenzie, Gunnar, Emily, Brandt and Bo; sisters, Karen (Larry) Wilson, Montgomery and Sharon (Con) Shewman, Akron; sister-in-law Sally Heighway, Fountain City; several nieces and nephews; and brother-in-laws, Dan Severns, Terry Severns and Gary (Janet) Severns.
Ned was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ernie Heighway.
The funeral service will take place at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, at Beaver Dam United Methodist Church, 9798 West CR 1000S, Akron, with Pastor Butch Troke officiating.
The interment will take place following the service in the Nichols Cemetery, Akron.
Visitation hours will be from 3-8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron.
Memorial contributions can be made in his memory to the Echoes of the Past or Wheels on Fire with checks written to the Beaver Dam Church or Nichols Cemetery.
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