Leonard Ernest Martin Heise, 87, of Cape Girardeau passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

He was born September 13, 1929, in Cape Girardeau, son of Wilson and Hilda M. Grebing Heise.  He and Bettie Dee Seabaugh were married July 1, 1950.

Leonard was a graduate of Cape Central High School. He worked at Cape Toyota as a mechanic retiring in 1991. Leonard was baptized at Hanover Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. He was confirmed and was a member at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping. Leonard was especially fond of his beloved dog, Shorty.

Loving survivors include his wife of 66 years, Bettie Dee Heise of Cape Girardeau; a daughter, Patricia Biri of Jackson; a son, Tom (LaWanna) Heise of Shawneetown; four grandchildren, Amy (Matt) Gilbert, Tressa (Brad) Bauman, Erin (Scott) Crader, and Rick (Christina) Biri; eight great grandchildren; a brother, Wilson “Butch” Heise, Jr. of Whitewater; and two sisters, Dorothy Seabaugh and Betty Sims both of Cape Girardeau.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Merril Heise; and a great grandson, Ethan Bauman.

Memorial visitation will be Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

Memorial service will be Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 11:00 am, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Douglas Breite officiating.

Interment will follow in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau.


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  1. Linda Littlepage

    So sorry for your loss! You all will be in our thoughts and prayers?? Gary and Linda Littlepage

  2. Rob and Janie Nicholas

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in our thoughts. I know you have many wonderful memories.

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