Martin J. Heiman, Jr. (1925-2017)

Martin J. Heiman, Jr.
June 4, 1925 – April 30, 2017 

Martin J. Heiman, Jr., age 91, born June 4, 1925 in St. Louis, Mo., passed away peacefully Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Dammert Geriatric Center, Belleville, Illinois.

Marty enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1943, almost directly after his high school graduation. He was assigned to the B-17 aircraft and operated airborne transmitters and receivers. He was a radio operator and mechanic gunner. He served honorably during World War II, and was discharged in 1946. He returned to St. Louis and married his childhood sweetheart, Jacqueline Seliga, on September 6, 1947 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, St. Louis.

Marty worked as a laborer for Anheuser-Busch for 20 years, then began his career in entertainment. He played keyboard, sang, and entertained audiences at various cocktail lounges throughout St. Louis and the metro-east for the next thirty years. Along with his wife, he travelled the world and across the country. He was a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, and Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

The family is grateful to the staff at Dammert Geriatric Center at the Apartment Community at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine for their genuine care and compassion shown to Marty and his family. Memorial donations are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association. The online guest book is available at

He was preceded in death by his parents Martin and Marcella, nee Lunnemann, Heiman; his son Matthew M. Heiman; his sister Barbara Hanak, and great-granddaughter Kyleigh Pittman.

Surviving are his wife of 69 years Jacqueline “Jake,” nee Seliga, Heiman; his children Mark A. (Anelisa) Heiman of Silverdale, Wash., Cynthia M. Wetzel of Beulah, Mo., Kathleen M. (Ray) Wisdom of Belleville, Ill., Nancy M. (Mark) McCoy of Collinsville, Ill., Lisa M. (Dean) Gregson of Flower Mound, Tex., daughter-in-law Carolyn Heiman of Fairview Heights, Ill.; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Marty donated his body for medical research to Saint Louis University.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 10:00 – 11:00 am, Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 505 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights, Ill.

Funeral: Memorial Mass, with military honors to follow, will begin at 11:00 am, Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the church with Rev. Clyde Grogan presiding.

Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon, Illinois