Obituary for John David "JD" Heeney

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John David Heeney

September 22, 1935 - May 12, 2021

John David “JD” Heeney, passed away May 12, 2021 at the age of 85. He was born in South Haven, Kansas, to David Geeslin Heeney and Mary Ellen (Burger) Heeney. JD was the only son, sandwiched between his sisters Mary Lou and Patricia. JD grew up surrounded by extended family and friends. He attended Phillips University in Enid Oklahoma where he met the love of his life, Mary E. Cooke. They were married in 1956. JD graduated in 1958 with a degree in accounting and was drafted into the US Army. He served in Military Intelligence and was honorably discharged as a 2nd lieutenant. JD then joined the Internal Revenue Service and spent 24 years as a special agent, retiring in 1986 as an undercover program manager. During his tenure with the IRS, JD volunteered to be one of the first sky marshals, President Nixon’s emerging program to prevent the highjacking of aircraft. He was assigned to TWA and traveled the world. After retirement, JD opened a private investigation agency with his long-time friend and former IRS agent, John “Jack” Walsh, specializing in financial and fraud investigations. JD retired from this second career at the age of 80.

JD and Mary had three daughters, Brenda, Ellen and Carol. As they raised their family, they moved from Oklahoma, to Ohio to Michigan and back to Ohio, finally settling in Batavia, Ohio, where they enjoyed their golden years. JD loved his family, his church and his hobbies. He was a lifelong member of the Disciples of Christ (Christian Church) and was a member of the Anderson Hills Christian Church, where he served in many leadership positions, committees and sang in the church choir. Always busy, he was involved with many organizations including the Milford Gun Club and Ducks Unlimited. JD especially enjoyed his annual hunting trips with friends and family to Saskatchewan, Canada and Kansas.

He was outgoing, never stood still and was a friend and mentor to many. JD’s father in law once commented that he could make conversation with a fence post. He was much loved and will be greatly missed.

JD is survived by his wife Mary, their daughters, Brenda (Gary) Collier of Round Rock, Texas, Ellen Clapp of Worthington, Ohio and Carol (Timothy) Gsell of Homewood, Illinois, and their grandchildren, Mary Collier, Tyra Collier, Ty’lia Collier, David (Taylor) Clapp, Joshua Clapp, Martha Clapp, Anna Gsell and Eric Gsell. He is also survived by his beloved nieces and nephews. JD was preceded in death by his parents and his two sisters and brother-in-laws, Mary Lou and William Boettcher and Patricia and Bruce Reich.

A memorial service will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio followed by internment in South Haven, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Anderson Hills Christian Church, 8119 Clough Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45244.


A memorial service will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio followed by internment in South Haven, Kansas.

Greg Ruwe posted on May 20, 2021

Was taking a morning hike in our nearby Metropark yesterday (5/19/21) and began thinking of folks who aided and assisted me during my lifetime. The dominant thought was about my Supervisor in Dayton, OH when I was a young Special Agent. That Supervisor was John Heeney, who I had not remembered for quite some time......but recalled with much warmth and appreciation yesterday . Late in the afternoon, I received notice of John’s passing......the timing was frankly shocking. May the family and friends of John Heeney find peace, solace and respect when remembering this fine mentor.....his was certainly a life well lived!


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