The Obit For George Heller

George Norman Heller

The Daily Ardmoreite
Posted Jun 29, 2008 @ 10:54 PM

Ardmore, OK — Funeral services for George Norman Heller, 80, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Harvey-Douglas Centennial Chapel with the Rev. Robert Peterson and Ervin Donaldson officiating. Interment will follow at the Hillcrest Memorial Park.

George Norman Heller, son of Christian Norman Heller and Blanche Lucinda Heller of Honesdale, Pa., peacefully passed away on the 28th of June 2008. He is preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, Gary Heller.

He is survived by his wife Peggy, of the home; six sons Dan Heller and wife Kay, San Antonio, Rusty Heller and wife Shirley, Trophy Club, Texas, Scott Heller and wife Cheryl, Ardmore, Kenny Heller, Ardmore, Robert Heller and wife Brenda, Ardmore, Gary Heller and wife Monicia, Ardmore, and a daughter, Christi Heller, Tucson, Ariz.; one brother, James (Jimmy) Heller and wife Helen of Honesdale; 18 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

It’s common knowledge that anyone who ever met “Ole George” liked him. He could become your friend in a brief conversation, but if you liked baseball, the conversation would not be a short one. He was a wealth of knowledge when it came to his favorite game because he played it at a professional level as a left handed pitcher back in the 40s and 50s. He and his brother, Jimmy, played the game as children and both became professional players with long careers in the minor leagues. Many great players crossed paths with “Lefty” as he was called back in those days. Tommy Lasorta, Don Mercer, Hoyt Wilhelm, and Willie Mays were some of his contemporaries. On many occasions he would recall a particular game, the inning, the batter, the count and the pitch, as well as the result, most of time it was a strike-out….sometimes as in the case of pitching to Willie Mays, the result was a homer that Willie hit “nine miles.”

Lefty pitched at a time when minor league baseball was in most every town in the country. He played most of his 11 years on the East Coast and made it to spring training with the Phillies or the Giants numerous times during his career from 1945 through 1955.

After retiring from baseball, George took on his next career as an Industrial Engineer within the garment industry beginning in Honesdale with Katz Manufacturing. In 1964 he moved his family to Texas and finally settled in Ardmore later that year to work for GlenOaks Manufacturing. For 27 years “Ole George”, as he became to be known, exemplified a work ethic he became famous for both within the family and out. During his engineering career he was responsible for building several manufacturing plants from the ground up. Anyone that ever worked with George knew he was the first to arrive and generally the last to leave. When asked why he worked so hard, he simply said “because there’s work to do and its not done till it’s done”

In 1966, George married the “love of his life” Peggy Ann Burton and they had over 43 wonderful years together raising seven children. He was always quick to tell you that Peggy was his angel. He was a wonderful husband and loving father and above all, a great man. George was a devout Christian and it showed in his daily life constantly praying for others. He knew the greatest secrets of life and by his example showed his family the importance of putting God first.

Bearers will be his seven grandsons, Brandan Heller, Brycen Heller, Daley Heller, Wynn Miller, Jackson Heller, Gary B. Heller and Nick Heller.

He is loved and will be missed by all who knew him

The family will receive friend at the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday.

Condolences may be made online to the family at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.Services are under the direction of the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home.