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John M Heckman

April 21, 2020

Heckman John M, 79, passed away on April 21, 2020 after a long and courageous battle with



He was born and raised in Wichita, KS. John had careers in radio, working for several radio stations, including KWBB, in the commercial sound business at McClelland Sound and lastly telecommunications at Southwestern Bell.


On January 31, 1975 he married Roberta Greever Eis and moved to Newton. He was a loving and caring husband and father. His passions were family, trains, music, his Masonic affiliations and his pet cats. During their 45 years of marriage the Heckman’s home was never without at

least one cat.


He played drums with a number of different bands around the Wichita area for over 50 years. Many people in Newton danced to the music of the Causal Trio and Special Blend.. Some of his favorite “gigs” were with the Midian Shrine Hillbilly Band. He also enjoyed volunteering as a conductor for the Abilene and Smokey Valley Railroad. John was an active member of several organizations in Newton. He was a Past Exalted Ruler of the Newton Elks, Past President and Secretary of the Harvey County Shrine Club and Past Master of the Newton Masonic Lodge. He loved mentoring new Lodge members and was an excellent ritualistic.


He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Charles Eis IV. He is survived by his wife, Roberta, and four sons, David Eis (Becky), Gary Eis, Neil Suter (Becky) and Doug Suter.

No services are scheduled at this time. A Masonic Burial Service and Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Caring Hands Humane Society in care of Petersen Funeral Home


Online condolences may be left at www.petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com

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4 thoughts on “John M Heckman

  1. Burt, I’m so saddened to hear of Johns passing. I know the battle with Parkinsons can be very difficult. I hope you are in good health & carrying on as normal as possible.

  2. So sorry to hear of John’s passing. I worked with John years ago at KWBB radio. What a great guy he was, larger than life. My prayers are with his family.

  3. So Sorry to hear of John’s Passing. I remember all of the old times old days. You are in my prayers. Stay safe.

  4. Roberta, I was sorry to hear of John’s passing. You two made a lot of wonderful memories together. I am thinking of you and wishing you comfort at this hard time.

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