John Matsy Heck V. – July 21, 2012

John Matsy Heck V., 82, of Claude, died Saturday, July 21, 2012.
Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday in Claude Cemetery with Derek Heck, officiating.  Military rites will be by American Legion post 344.   Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers of Claude.
Matsy was born on October 23, 1929 in Cimarron, New Mexico to Ida Phipps and John Matsy Heck III.
He was private in his Christian beliefs, believing Christianity was greater expressed through actions than on the pew.  He was a member of the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans.
He married Maxie McCathern on October 14, 1950 in Hereford, Texas.
Matsy served in the United States Army from 1953 until 1954 in Germany until he was honorably discharged.  He farmed from 1955 until 1990 near Redfield, South Dakota and Hereford, Panhandle, and Claude, Texas.  He often said he and God worked together to provide for his family when he was farming.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Maxie, his parents, a brother, John Matsy Heck IV, and two sisters, Elaine Milligan and June West.
He is survived by three sons, John Heck of Panhandle, Gary and wife Patty Heck, and Ron and wife, Shannon Heck, of Claude, and one daughter, Vicki Heck of Claude; grandchildren, Derek and wife, Rene, of Panhandle, Mat and wife, Jennifer, of Maryville, Washington, and Butch and wife, Laci, of Panhandle, Justin, of Midland, Isaiah, Micah and Joseph Heck of Claude, Cecilia and husband, Clayton Williams, of Dumas, Colleen Cleaver of Amarillo, Jared and wife, Parri, of Amarillo, Shenee’ and husband, Dee Bichsel, of Claude, Alyssa, Gabrielle, and Shiloh of Claude.  Matsy leaves eleven great-grandchildren: Hunter, Houston, John, Joshua, Kris, Adrien, Emily, Hagan, Hank, Hawkins, and Kaden; sisters, Elinor Olson of Springer, New Mexico, Laura Parker of Moriarty, New Mexico, and Louise Perry of Beatrice, Nebraska, and a brother, Dave Heck, of Ute Park, New Mexico; and two lifelong friends, Ed Patterson of Dubois, Wyoming, and Leroy Foster of Hereford, Texas.
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