Heilig Jr., William B., Bridgeport Township, Michigan


Beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and uncle passed away suddenly Friday, November 25, 2011, at his home. Age 59 years. He was born June 14, 1952 in Kimball, West Virginia, the son of Pearl M. (Scott) and the late William B. Heilig Sr. He graduated from Buena Vista High School, received his Bachelor Degree from Michigan State University and his Master of Science in Chemistry from the University of Michigan. He had been employed as a research chemist for Dow Corning for over 30 years, retiring 3 years ago. He and friends started a charitable company, Remember Our Community’s Kids (R.O.C.K.) Productions, which produces concerts, and gives the proceeds to Johnny Burke’s kids. He loved music, and was a virtual one-man band, playing bass guitar, percussion, and baritone, alto and tenor saxophone. He marched with the Saginairs Drum and Bugle Corps. He was an instructor and served in various capacities with the Eagles Drum and Bugle Corps. He was an avid collector of model trains, especially H.O. scale. He enjoyed working with electronics. He was fascinated by aerospace and aeronautics and went to space camp. He enjoyed traveling, playing golf, and spending time with his grandchildren. Most of all, he was a people person. He married Christine A. Rankin on May 19, 1984; she survives him. He also leaves five daughters and one son, Sandra M. (Jason Snelenberger) Bell, Ronald Specht, Samantha (Michael) Hervert, Sabrina (Juan) Cabello, Stephanie (Daniel) Weigandt, and Stacey Heilig; nine grandchildren, Jasmine, Juan, Kayla, Alexis, Rea’ann, Rudy, Sarah, Shianne, and Ciara; his mother, Pearl Heilig; mother-in-law, Dorothy Rankin; three brothers and one sister, Gary L. (Jesusa) Heilig, Lorman S. Heilig, Michele M. (Scott) Burke, Michael J. (Andrea) Heilig; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by twin granddaughters, Addison and Bailey, and by his father, William B. Heilig Sr. Funeral service will take place on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the W. L. Case & Company Funeral Chapel, 5700 Dixie Highway, where his family will receive friends from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, and then from 6:00 p.m. Wednesday until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider R.O.C.K. Productions or the American Heart Association. www.casefuneralhome.com