David Heeter

SSG David Joe Heeter, USA Retired, of North Manchester, who accepted Christ as his Savior in 2004, peacefully went to be with our Lord on July 16, 2019, at 1:11 p.m., surrounded by his family at Timbercrest.

He is described by his young son Skylar as kind, hard-working, humorous, loving, caring, diligent, creative, and always doing stuff for them. His older son Justin thinks of his father as strong, hardworking, loving, caring, supportive, devoted, smart, creative, always there, happy, hopeful, diligent, mechanically-inclined, Mr. Fix-It, humorous, challenging, and striving.

Dave, born to Richard and Liela (Bechtold) Heeter on Aug. 16, 1949, in Wabash County, graduated from Manchester High School in 1967. Growing up learning automobile mechanics and engineering from his father and grandfather in the Heeters’ Garage Business, Dave, as a teenager, fabricated “Dave’s Dog,” the multiple trophy-winning, custom-designed Ford, which he ran in competition drag races, drove in parades, and entered in Rod and Custom Car Shows. Dave continued his automotive education at ITT in Indianapolis. Passionate about motocross racing and helping others enjoy motorsports, Dave, in 1977, with his parents and friend Don Baker, established Heeters’ Performance Center, Inc., a motorsports retail store and U-haul rental business to serve North Manchester and surrounding areas. Also enthralled with helicopters and piloting, Dave became a veteran after proudly serving the United Sates Army for 20 years, instructing in his specialization of Turbine Engineering. He was stationed in multiple places throughout the United States and the world, including South Korea. Dave was a member of the American Legion Post 286.

Dave will be remembered by his wife of 25 years, (Lim) Young Soon Heeter, North Manchester; daughter, Amy (Heeter) Pickett, Williamsburg, Va.; sons, Justin Heeter and Skylar Heeter, North Manchester; grandchildren, Ethan, Alana, and Edmund Pickett, Williamsburg, Va.; and sisters Linda (Heeter) Dea and Lori Heeter, North Manchester.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service officiated by Pastor Gary Akright for SSG David Joe Heeter will be held at Faith Baptist Church, where Dave was a member, on Aug. 4, 2019, at 4 p.m. Faith Baptist Church is located at 1303 West State Road 13, North Manchester. Questions can be directed to the church at 260-982-8813.

For those who wish to honor the memory of SSG David Joe Heeter, memorial contributions given to family can be sent to Faith Baptist Church, 1303 West SR 13, North Manchester, IN 46962 or given electronically through Dave’s online memorial guestbook.

Memorial guestbook for Dave may be signed at

Posted on 2019 Jul 23