Edward Andrew Heberling, 98 of Taylorville, passed away at 5:11a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
He was born on July 8, 1921 in Greenwood Township, Christian County, the son of Henry Curtis and Alberta Estella “Bertie” (Elliott) Heberling, the thirdof six children.
Ed had a strong work ethic from an early age, working as a farm hand after school and on weekends. When he was 15, he quit school and went to work full time in a local foundry to help support his family. When he was 18, he met the love of his life, Mary, and they dated until he was drafted into the Army during World War II. Ed fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was honorably discharged on May 31, 1946. Upon his return home, he married Mary Elizabeth Hill on September 21, 1946 in Taylorville and she preceded him in death on March 30, 2017.
Ed was a man of his word and always willing to lend a helping hand to those that needed it. Because of his boss’s outstanding recommendations and references, Ed was able to rent his first farm south of Taylorville. On January 1, 1948 Ed and Mary moved to the farm where they stayed until his retirement in 1993. He was a member of the Morrisonville Masonic Lodge. Ed and Mary were inseparable, whether it was milking the herd of Guernsey cows, raising Duroc hogs, or bringing in the harvest, they always worked together. Mary and Ed enjoyed watching three generations of kids exhibit livestock at various fairs throughout the years and attended many performances at Nashville North. Most of all, they loved and adored all of their grandchildren.
He is survived by his sons: Edwin Eugene “Gene” (Carol) Heberling of rural Taylorville, Robert Dale “Rob” (Kathy) Heberling of Taylorville, and Marion Lee “Punk”(Jodi) Heberling of Owaneco; 10 grandchildren: Holly Lomprez of Taylorville, Christopher (Amy) Heberling of Waynesville, Missouri, Andy Heberling (Narcie Rogers) of Palmer, Wendy (Shannon) Snow of Lima, Ohio, Jennifer (Billie) Heberling of Taylorville, Eddie (Laura) Heberling of Longden, Utah, Beth (Jeremy) Piatt of Taylorville, Robert Edward “Ward” Heberling (Carla Tan) of Las Vegas, Nevada, Mathew Heberling of Owaneco, and Amy Heberling of Bellevue, Nebraska; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters: Anna Lou Yoho of Springfield and Grace Greffe of Taylorville; brother: Leroy Heberling of Taylorville; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; grandson: Gabriel Alan Heberling; great-granddaughter: Jessica Kettlekamp; sister: Nellie Vitali; and brother: Jordan Heberling.
The visitation for Ed will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. on Friday, July 19, 2019 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville. The funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home with Rev James Jones officiating. Burial with military graveside rites will take place at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville.
McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Ed, or condolences to his family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.