William E. Heyer, 83, of Belvidere, went to be with our Lord in Heaven, July 18, 2016 at home with his family. Bill was born May 31, 1933 in New Hartford, MN, son of William J. and Martha E. (Fraunkron) Heyer. Bill graduated from Winona High School in 1951. He served in the United States Airforce from 1953-1957. Bill married the love of his life, Dona Bear on June 28, 1958 in Nodine, MN. He was employed at Chrysler, retiring in 1996 after 30 years of service. Bill was a devoted member of New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rockford. He was a member of UAW 1268, where he participated in the UAW Recreation Committee, American Legion #77, and was a lifetime member of FOE 3416. Bill enjoyed camping, boating, and was an avid Minnesota fan.
Bill is loved and missed by his wife, Dona; children, William C. (Patti) Heyer, Pam Hale, Linda (Jim) Ward, and James (Lisa Fordsmand) Heyer; grandchildren, J. Todd (Stephanie) McKay, William D. (Stephanie) Heyer, Jennifer (Mike) Howard, Paul Hale, Jason Ward, Derek (Amanda) Geishert, Dustin Geishert, Brittnay Fordsmand-Heyer; great-grandchildren, Bryce Heyer, Christofer Heyer, Jonathan, Ethan, Jacob Jenson, Allie Smith, Tyler, Taylor, Ethan, Jaden Geishert; siblings, Donald (Bobbie) Heyer, and Alice Gady. He is preceded in death by his parents, Anna Wenzel, Wilma Halverson, Gladys Schmitz, Laura Rostad, Edward Heyer, and Marvin Heyer.
Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 23, 2016 at New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1100 North Lyford Road, Rockford, IL 61107 with Rev. Philip Henselin officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church. To light a candle or share a condolence, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com.