J. Don Heyden

J. Don Heyden, age 87 of Collinsville, IL, born January 17, 1931 in Evanston, IL, passed away Monday, June 18, 2018 at Memorial East Hospital in Shiloh, IL after a short illness.

Don graduated from Joliet Catholic High School in Joliet, IL then enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving in the Korean War from 1951 - 1955. He attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautics from St. Louis University Parks College in Cahokia, IL in 1958. He married Rosemary nee Grobarcik Heyden on August 2, 1958 and raised three children. Don was employed by the U.S. Army Aviation Systems Command in St. Louis, MO for 34 years. He was the aviation specialist for the Mohawk airplane, and designed and headed the department for the ejection seat used in the aircraft. He was a former baseball and soccer coach. He loved watching the grandchildren play soccer and attending all of their activities. He enjoyed working in the yard, and liked to watch the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues when they were playing well.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Agnes nee Frisch Heyden; uncle, Bob Frisch; aunt, Grace Blaylock; cousin, James Raffauf; father-in-law and mother-in-law Joe and Vickie Grobarcik Sr., and a brother-in-law Joe Grobarcik Jr.

He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Rosemary; two sons: Joe (Karen) Heyden of Collinsville, IL and Jim (Jeana) Heyden of Maryville, IL; a daughter, Kathy (Rick) Caudill of Branson, MO; six grandchildren: Kailey and Megan Heyden of Maryville, IL, Brielle (Brent) Riggs of Clarksdale MO, Brooklin Caudill of Branson, MO, Brendan Hildreth of Altamont Springs, FL, and Robert Hildreth of Collinsville, IL; sister-in-law Kay Grobarcik of New Lenox, IL, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be 4pm to 7pm on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Barry Wilson Funeral Home, Maryville, IL.

Funeral mass will be at 10am on Friday, June 22, 2018 at Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Maryville, IL with Father Joseph Havrilka celebrant. Burial with military honors will be in SS Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Collinsville, IL.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or St. Louis Children’s Hospital and will be received at the visitation or can be mailed to the funeral home.

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