richard heilman
Richard Howard (Dick) Heilman, 87, of Weirton, WV was born July 3, 1930 in Holidays Cove, WV and died peacefully with family by his side on March 13, 2018, in Steubenville, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Hildegard (Murray) Heilman and brother James (Lefty) Heilman. He is survived by wife of 62 years Ella Mae, 5 children Mike (Virginia), Pam (Mike) McDonald, Jon (Laura), Jill & Jim. 7 Grandchildren Carly (Heilman) Coldwell, Jared Heilman, Lauren McDonald Banks, Michael McDonald, Christy Heilman Del-Ben, Ryan Heilman, Josh Heilman. 8 great grandchildren Kinsley & Declan Coldwell, Jacob Heilman, Lincoln Michael Banks, Titus & Braelyn Del-Ben, James & Rose Heilman. Dick served in the US Air Force serving in the Korean War. He retired from Weirton Steel Corporation with 43 years of service as a pipefitter, foreman, union steward and committeeman. He loved golf and spending time with family and friends “making memories”. Building or repairing anything to help family and friends, Dick and his brother Lefty along with friends called themselves the “Hardly Able Construction Company”. WVU was his favorite college team and he loved rooting the Mountaineers on with his #1 niece Patti. He coached and volunteered at Weirton Termite Baseball, installing the first fences and dugouts. Many good times were to be had at Pleasant Valley Country Club, where Dick & Ella Mae joined in the 1970s. He served as chairman of the grounds and house committees there and was instrumental in numerous improvements there including the “Heilman Railroad”. Dick was a member of the 25 Year Club of Weirton Steel and the Knights of Columbus 3734. Visitation will be held 6-8 PM Thursday and 10 AM - 12 PM Friday at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held Friday at Noon. Monsignor Gerald Calovini will preside. Military services will be conducted by the Air Force and the American Legion Honor Guards. Memorial contributions may be made to Valley Hospice Share tributes and memories at

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  1. So sorry for your loss. Remembering all the good times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
    Sam and Jeannie Aria

  2. May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
    May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

    May your memories of Richard Howard Heilman, give you peace, comfort and strength…

    Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
    I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten..
    My thoughts
    and prayers to the family of ….

    US Air Force Veteran, Richard Howard Heilman, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

    † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

  3. So many memories and laughs with Dick. Favorite times were at the cottage that he helped mom and dad build💞💞💞

  4. To the Heilman Family:
    I am so very sorry for your loss. We will keep your family in our prayers.

    The Charnie Family: Mary, George Jr, Marilyn & Tommy

  5. We were surprised to read of the passing of Dick. Bugs and I would think of you both often and remembered all the good times we had in the pass years. Ella Mae, you have our deepest sympathy and also to all your family. Veda and Bugs

  6. I would like to pass on my condolences to Dick’s family. I have known Dick for many years from growing up in Weirton to working with him in WSX Construction Department. Dick was always a man that loved family and friends. May his soul rest in peace. Prayers for Dick and his family.

    Bernie Kelly, Charlotte, NC

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