Burley Ivan Heater, 79, of Belmont, formerly of Parkersburg, passed away Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2012, at Carehaven of Pleasants County.
He was born Nov. 26, 1933 in Mineral Wells, Wood County, a son of the late Clyde Franklin and Esta Pearl Burdette Heater.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, Korean Conflict, he earned the National Defense Service Medal, The United Nations Service Medal and the Korean Service Ribbon. He was a member of DAV Post 32 at Murphytown, W.Va.
He was a mechanic by trade, owner of Heater's Garage on Red Hill. He performed fleet service for Chessie Systems, B & O Railroad, for many years. His training included Hydra-Matic Transmissions in Newark, N.J., Air-Cooled Engines in Wisconsin and Rochester Carburetors at the General Motors Training Center in Detroit, Mich. all of which he traveled to on his Indian motorcycle. He loved the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, motorcycle rides and cutting firewood.
Survivors include one daughter, Dina (Michael) Braniff of Parkersburg; one son, Stephen (Sherry) Heater of Knoxville, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Conan (Holly) Queen of Parkersburg, Mindy (Deke) Hendershot of Waverly, Kristen and Brittany Heater of Knoxville, Tenn.; three great-grandchildren, Kyle Hendershot of Waverly, Alexandra and William Queen of Parkersburg; one brother, Delmer Heater, of Vienna, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorla Rhodes; a close family friend, Norma Rosalie Richards; and one brother, Basil Ray Heater.
Funeral services will be Friday, 11 a.m. at the Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg with Pastor Scott Stewart, of New Life Baptist Church, officiating. Visitation will be today from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, where military graveside services will be conducted by American Legion Post 15.
Memorial contributions may be made to the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation Car & Truck Dealers Scholarship Fund.