Howard F Heidtman

December 20, 1923 - June 14, 2015
Howard F Heidtman

HEIDTMAN, Howard Frederick born Dec. 20, 1923, passed away peacefully on the morning of June 14, 2015. His wife, Louise, their four sons, 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren survive him.

Howard served as a Pathfinder in the 101st Airborne HHC, 502nd Regiment. On the eve of D-Day, he was one of the first 10 men in Normandy landing there a few minutes after midnight on June 6, 1944. He earned several medals including multiple Purple Hearts, and a Silver Star. He was born in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan to Robert and Freada Heidtman and was raised in Detroit with his four brothers. After the war, he moved to Norwich, CT where he raised his family. Howard was employed by the State of Connecticut and spent much of his spare time as a Scoutmaster. Howard loved the outdoors and was an avid woodworker. After retirement, he walked the entire Appalachian Trail and won numerous medals at the Senior Olympics. Howard and Louise reside in Hudson, FL.

A viewing will be held this Wednesday, June 17, at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, 5228 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey, FL 34652 between 2-4 pm. A mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church, 8400 Monarch Dr., Port Richey, FL 34668, Thursday, June 18 at 10 am. The burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.


Service

Thursday, June 18, 2015
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

St. James The Apostle Catholic Church - Directions
8400 Monarch Drive
Port Richey, FL 34668

Service

Thursday, June 18, 2015
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Florida National Cemetery - Directions
6502 SW 102nd Avenue
Bushnell, FL 33513
(352) 793-7740

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  • June 17, 2015
    The Staff of Michels and Lundquist Funeral Home says:
    Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

  • June 17, 2015
    Hollis & Ruth Hartford says:
    Our sympathy goes out to Louise and family.. We first met Howie and Louise while wintering in Florida. We had many good times visiting and going out to dinner together. Howie was quite the character. We use to kid him about not liking carrots. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Hollis & Ruth

  • June 18, 2015
    lynn says:
    My thoughts and prayers to Louise and family. "One of the Pool Pals"

  • June 18, 2015
    Array says:
    Will sure miss u Howie u were the greatest.. One of a kind! A true gentleman.! Barb & Bill Walters

  • June 18, 2015
    BONNIE HIGGINS says:
    To a real HERO. He was such a fine man who was loved by many. My condolences go out to his whole family. He will be missed by all.