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Rick Heckler

Sunday, September 18, 2022
Rick Heckler

Rick Heckler, 67, of Andrews, Texas, passed away Thursday, September 15, 2022, in Big Spring, Texas.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life at 10:00 am on Monday, September 19, 2022, at McNett Funeral Home Chapel in Andrews, Texas and officiated by Dr. Benton Johnson II, of Chicago, Illinois. A Cemetery service will follow at 2:00 pm at the Trinity Memorial Park Cemetery Peace Chapel in Big Spring, Texas. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Sunday, September 18, 2022, at McNett Funeral Home Chapel in Andrews, Texas. Arrangements are under the care of McNett Funeral Home.

Rick was born in Big Spring, Texas on January 22, 1955, to Albert Melburne Heckler and Barbara Ann Earnest. He and Kenda Joye Heckler were married on May 26, 1972 and shared 45 wonderful years together until her passing in 2018. Rick and Kenda, and their two children, Sonya, and Alan, moved from Big Spring, Texas to Andrews in 1987, where they had an amazing life as a family surrounded by friends and community.

Rick loved classic rock and the blues, hot rods, classic cars, Volkswagen’s, and sports cars. He enjoyed collections and hobbies of coins, sports cards, music. Rick’s favorite pastimes were traveling with family, attending rock and blues concerts, working on cars, competing in drag racing and open road racing, car shows and events, and spending time with his car enthusiast friends. He was known for his extensive knowledge of facts and history about his passions, and his mechanic and machine work abilities. In retirement he enjoyed sharing his mornings and afternoons with his buddies and fellow retired ExxonMobil friends at Cassidy’s Sub Shop. He enjoyed eating at restaurants in Andrews to see community acquaintances and socialize. His highest values were family and friends. Though he was quiet in nature and a great listener, Rick loved to laugh, joke, engage in pranks, and surprise people with his wit.

Family was priority to Rick and his greatest joys were his children and five granddaughters: Maddie, Landry, Finley, Raylee, and Caitlyn. With a soft heart, Rick was compassionate to animals and would bring home orphaned animals from the oilfields, including dogs, rabbits, and a lamb. Having dogs and cats at home were important to Rick and he ensured they were spoiled by him as much as his children and granddaughters. He will be missed dearly by many.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Kenda Joye Heckler, his father Albert Melburne Heckler, and his Mother Barbara Zumwalt, and his stepmother, Vada Heckler.

Rick is survived by his daughter, Sonya Heckler Cheyne, and husband, Justin, of Andrews, and his son, Alan Heckler and wife, Carie, of Highland Park, Texas; his stepfather, Clyde Zumwalt, and wife, Lynn, of Allyn, Washington; his half-sibling’s, Kristi Sabo and husband, Gary, of Maple Valley, Washington, Blake Zumwalt and wife, Barbara, of Auburn, Washington, and Rod Zumwalt of Seattle, Washington; step-sibling’s, Danny Clayton and wife, Reta, of Abilene, Texas, and Billy Clayton and wife, Vahilia, of Dallas, Texas, and Ann Clayton Rogers and husband, Tony, of Monroe, North Carolina; and granddaughter’s, Madeline Heckler, Finley Heckler, and Caitlyn Heckler all of Highland Park, Texas, and Landry and Raylee Cheyne of Abilene, Texas, as well as cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.