John Charles Heithaus

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John Charles “Chick” Heithaus, 74, author of Indian Lake: A View from the East Side,died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Hanstedt, Germany, during a visit with longtime friends.

Chick wrote a historical book detailing the eastern Indian Lake area from the era of the glaciers up to its publication date in 2007. He wrote it, he said, because “just about every important passage in my life has at least some grounding at Indian Lake.”

His family had vacationed there since 1949 and his mother first visited as a child in 1928. He and his wife have owned and vacationed at a cottage there since 1986.

During his career, Chick handled marketing and international business for Hobart Corp. in Troy, Lincoln-Wearever Manufacturing, Ft. Wayne, Ind, and Grindmaster Corp., Louisville, Ky. He worked with children in the Florida guardian ad litem program and chaired the Cultural And Performing Arts center group, East Naples, Fla. He also worked as a precinct deputy for the Collier County Board of Elections with the belief that everyone has the right to vote.

In Troy he served as stewardship chair for Trinity Episcopal Church; in Ft. Wayne he chaired a capital campaign that bought its public radio station, WBNI, a new building; and in Louisville, he served on the board of Kentucky Opera. He served as president of SCORE in Collier County and worked with nursing home patients in its therapy dog program.

He was a 1965 graduate of the University of Cincinnati School of Business.

He is survived by his wife, Harriet, of Naples, Fla.; his daughter, Kathryn Hurt, of Danville, Va; and three grandsons, Charles, Clement and John Hurt, as well as four brothers and sisters, Ray, of Gambier, Betsi Heithaus and Dian Wray, both of Cincinnati, and Ken of Uruguay. 

Burial will be in Huntsville Cemetery at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, followed by a memorial reception from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Fion Wine Room, 7486 Ohio State Route 117, Huntsville. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to friendsoffosterchildren.net or capacenter.org.