Amedisys Hospice honors Parkersburg veteran

Pinning ceremony held for John ‘Jerry’ Heye

John “Jerry” Heye, seated, is surrounded by Amedisys Hospice employees Kimi Snider, Liz Wioskowski, Kimberly Smith, Ashley Jenkins and Jess Wilson and volunteer Bernie Cleveland, a veteran, back row, during the program honoring Heye. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — John Jerome “Jerry” Heye, 97, of Parkersburg was honored on Aug. 20 for his military service to America.

Amedisys Hospice of Vienna sponsored the “veteran pinning ceremony” for Heye at his home in Parkersburg. Heye received several gifts, including a Bible, flags and a certificate, during the event.

For the past several years, Amedisys Hospice has been providing this ceremony honoring local veterans.

Amedisys Hospice provides a medical support system for Heye, said his wife, Nancy.

Assisting with the ceremony was Bernie Cleveland, a veteran who volunteers his time to help in the Amedisys Hospice pinning ceremony.

These items were presented to veteran John Jerome “Jerry” Heye at his home in Parkersburg during a recent pinning ceremony. (Photo Provided)

Heye enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Feb. 12, 1942 and served until Jan. 21, 1946. Heye received training as a 3rd Class Petty Officer at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center near Chicago.

After boot camp, he was sent to Iowa City, Iowa, for the Navy’s pre-flight school. Two and a half years later, Heye was a 1st Class Yeoman. He received additional U.S. Navy training in Iowa and Milwaukee.

Heye worked as a lawyer for the Bureau of the Public Debt for 32 years in Parkersburg and Chicago.