Walter Claris “Doc” Heatherly

MUNCIE, INDIANA (OBITUARIES) - Walter went to be with The Lord on July 2, 2014 at the IU Ball Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family and in the expert, compassionate care of the intensive care nurses, respiratory therapist and physicians.

Walter loved life and his family.  One of the things that made him so unique was that he was the seventh son of the seventh son.  He was employed at Westinghouse until 1968.  He was a Carpenter by trade throughout the years and built his family home on Meeker Ave. in Muncie.  Walter owned a used furniture business in North Webster and Pierceton IN from 1991-2000.  In the year 2000 he underwent major surgery and through his recovery he went back to school to the Muncie Area Career Center where he earned his GED at the age of 62.  He was the oldest graduate that year in Delaware County.  He had a good ear for tuning the piano to perfect pitch.  He loved telling “tall tales” and entertaining his grandchildren with stories of fictional character “Morty Zepichai”.  Walter’s hobbies included fishing, hunting, singing Johnny Cash songs and restoring antique player pianos.  Walter was formerly married to Charlotte Laverne (Patton) Pichler for thirty years.

Walter is preceded by his mother Rosa (Wilson) Heatherly and father Walter Doke Heatherly.  His sister Gladys Bottoms and brothers Eugene Heatherly, Wallace Heatherly, Phillip Heatherly, Roy Heatherly and Coy Heatherly.

He is survived by his oldest brother T.C. “Jack” Heatherly; a sister Jolene (Heatherly) Barton; a daughter Cheryl Lynn (Heatherly) Riwitis; a son Walter Scott Heatherly, wife Theresa.  Granddaughters (The “Six Pack”), Amanda (Riwitis) Kirby (Laura), Christina Riwitis Skeens (Jason), Angela Riwitis-Greiner, Julia “Kaitie” Heatherly (Trent), Jessica Heatherly and Audrey “Lou” Riwitis.  Four great grandsons, Andon Mooneyhan, Michael Eugene Heatherly, Andrew Greiner and Owen Crabbe; three great granddaughters Alaina Heatherly, Alyvia Woodruff, Shelby Hanes; and extensive extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins and his cat a boy named “Sue”
Walter was especially fond of animals.  To honor him the family request that memorials be sent to our furry friends at the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF), 1209 W. Riggin Road, Muncie, IN 47303
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 10:00 A.M. at the Parson Mortuary with Pastor Rusty Clements officiatiating.  Burial will follow at the Gardens of Memory Cemetery north of Muncie.

Friends may call at the Parson Mortuary on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, from 8:30 A.M until service time at 10:00 A.M.

Online condolences may be made to the family in care of www.Parsonmortuary.com.

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