PEABODY - Charles L. Heil, 99, beloved husband of the late Virginia "Ginny" (Pinney) Heil, died peacefully at the Rosewood Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center in Peabody.
Born in Newport, Ky., he was the son of Charles and Angelina (Herman) Heil. He grew up in Kentucky where he graduated from Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Ky., where he played football, basketball, and baseball, before enlisting in the U.S. Army.
He was a veteran of World War II, and upon his discharge attained the rank of corporal. He met his wife, Ginny, at a dance while stationed at Fort Ruckman, in Nahant.
Mr. Heil was manager with Salem Laundry Dry Cleaners for many years, retiring about 35 years ago.
Affectionately known as "Pa," Charlie was a loving father and grandfather, who cherished every moment with his children and family. Charles was very involved with sports, supporting athletes of all ages through high school. He coached the Dodgers in Peabody Little League for almost 35 years, was a South School Basketball Coach, was a President of the Peabody High School Football Boosters, was a passionate fan of the Peabody High School girls basketball team, and was an avid horse racing fan. Recently the Peabody Little League honored him by renaming the National League the Heil Division.
He also served as a Past Commander of the American Legion, Shoemaker Post 345, in Lynn.
He is survived by two sons and a daughter, Robert, and his wife, Jane Heil, of Beverly, Karen, and her husband, Michael Connolly, of Georgetown, and Richard, and his wife, Nok Heil, of Peabody; eight grandchildren, Kristin and Nick Papanickolas, Bobby and Sarah Heil, Brian and Amanda Connolly, Sean Connolly, Erin and Tim Bottomly, Justin and Mary Heil, and Erik and Meg Heil, and Thananant Yangyiem; six great-grandchildren, Braden Connolly, Garrett Connolly, Lia Papanickolas, Mikey Papanickolas, Kate Connolly, and Brooke Bottomly; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brother, William Heil, and sister, Alice Mae Heil.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to gather on Thursday, February 15, 2018, for a visitation from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 12 p.m. in the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, followed by burial in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody. Memorial donations may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. Please visit www.ccbfuneral.com.
Published on February 13, 2018