James L. "Jim" Heger, 65, of Victoria passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2012. He was born August 2, 1947, in Columbus, Texas, to the late Rudy E. and Irene B. Nollkamper Heger. Jim graduated from Victoria High School and attended Victoria College before enlisting in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam conflict. While stationed at Bitburg Air Base in Germany he studied German through the University of Maryland-European Division. After being discharged he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Southwest Texas State University. He retired after 23 years as Human Resources Director of Citizens Medical Center. Jim was active in many community organizations including the Victoria Jaycees, Victoria YMCA, Hope Chest Thrift Store Board of Directors, Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross, Presbyterian Day School Board of Directors, and theTexas Society for Healthcare Human Resources and Education President. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and was also active at First Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his wife, Claire Carsner Heger of Victoria; sons, Trey Erwin of Houston and Andrew C. Heger of Austin; sister, Kathryn D. Morrow and husband, Bill, of Cuero; brothers, Charles H. Heger and wife, Daphne, of Victoria, and David R. Heger and wife, Carol, of Houston.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a niece, Emily Morrow.
Visitation will be from 4-6 pm Sunday, December 16, 2012, at Rosewood Funeral Chapels. Rev. George Henninger will lead a Rosary at 6 pm.
Memorial services will be at 10 am Monday, December 17, 2012, at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Kathryn Morton officiating. Taps and flag presentation will be provided under the auspices of the Victoria Veterans Council.
Honorary pallbearers will be Roy Nollkamper, Pat Kopecky, Nathan Heger, Chris Bryant, Matthew Heger, Justin Turner, Cory Ramseur, Robby Kirk, Wil Kleck, Allen Jones, Gary Moses, Bill Jones, Dr. Junor, JR "Ryan" Schmidt, Robert McKay, Connally Mckay, Blake Joines, Tom Schmidt, Gary Breech, Will Moore, Logan Knapp, Citizens Medical Center Human Resources Department, First Presbyterian Church Nellie Hudson Sunday School Class, the late Royce Church and the late Paul Kornfuehrer.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Presbyterian Day School, 2408 N. Navarro, Victoria, Texas, 77901, the American Diabetes Association, Corpus Christi Office, 500 N. Shoreline, Suite 610, Corpus Christi, Texas, 78471, MD Anderson Cancer Center, P. O. 4486, Houston, Texas, 77210-4486, or Citizens Medical Center Foundation, 2701 Hospital Drive, Victoria, Texas, 77901.
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