William Gary Heitzman, age 74, of Hinckley, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. He was known by many as "Skip," Gary," and "Bill." He was the son of the late Erwin Lee Heitzman and Marianne (Rust), and the father of the late Steven. Bill is survived by his wife of 24 years, Erika (nee Schaffranek); sister, Carol Sanderson (Dennis; deceased); brother, David Heitzman (Marilyn); stepchildren, Michelle Frygier (Marty), Char Harner, Dan Soltis; nieces and nephews, Douglas Sanderson (Jen), Dawn Sanderson, Michelle (Shelly) Sanderson (deceased), David M. Heitzman (Dawn), and Sandra Martin (Michael).
Bill taught middle school science for 36 years in the Parma City School District, and used his knowledge to invent, construct, and obtain a patent for a surgical appliance (trachea tube for oxygen allowing flexibility for an infant to be held and to lie on his/her stomach or back). He was a worldwide traveler and loved working in his yard, especially on his tractor. He was on two Toledo Championship football teams; Oakdale's East Toledo Champs (1960), and Waite City and State Champs (1963).
Cremation is being provided by Busch Crematory, 440.842.7800. A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date Memorial donations may be made to the Arbor Day Foundation: