Wayne E. Heater - 91

4/26/1928 - 2/2/2020

Byron, IL

Wayne E. Heater, 91, of Byron, Illinois passed away at Swedish American Hospital on Sunday February 2, 2020. He was born on April 26, 1928 to Lloyd and Emma (Drury) Heater. He graduated from Leaf River High School in 1945. He married Mary Murphy on October 5, 1946 in Pecatonica, Illinois.

Wayne was a life long resident of Leaf River. He was born on the family farm and continued living there, farming and trucking until 2006 when he and Mary moved to Byron. When he was just 16 he would drive the family stock truck to Chicago which began his love of trucking. In 1969 Wayne had his own trucking company becoming an owner/operator hauling merchandise for various local companies.

Wayne enjoyed traveling with Mary in their RV visiting throughout many states. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle and having morning coffee with friends at local cafes.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years Mary of Byron; 2 daughters, Cheryl Heater of Crest Hill and Cathy Williams of Byron; 2 grandsons, Justin (Janelle) Williams of Naperville and Jamie (Shannon) Williams of Leaf River; 2 great grandchildren, Owen and Paityn Williams, sister-in-law, Patricia Fisher; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Russell Williams.

In lieu of flowers memorials are established for Serenity Hospice & Home.

The family would like to thank the staff at Swedish American Hospital for their loving care and support.




The family of Wayne E. Heater would like to thank everyone for their kind words, letters of condolence and donations.  We would also like to extend a thank you to the staff at Swedish American Hospital, Serenity House, ⁸the Byron Fire Department and Farrell Holland Gale funeral home for their support during a most difficult time for our family.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for the health and safety of everyone the April 27th "celebration of life" for Wayne has been cancelled. Instead the family will hold a private celebration and remembrance.  Once again, a heartfelt thank you to all.
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