Jack Heeney

John “Jack” V. Heeney passed away June 10 in Republic. He was born April 27, 1927 in Pennsylvania, where he grew up and then attended Penn State University to study Industrial Engineering.Anyone who knew Jack understood his passion for Penn State sports, especially football. He served in World War II, the Korean War and with the Army Corps of Engineers Reserves. He retired as a Lt. Colonel after 24 years of active service.Jack worked for 35 years in a variety of positions for ALCOA Aluminum, bringing him to Colville in 1974. He loved to play Bridge, watch sports, and follow his grandchildren’s activities. He served in many capacities within the community: city council member, school board director, Washington State Board of Education, Spokane Diocesan Council, to name a few.Jack’s quit wit, story-telling ability and love for all will be missed. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty (Elizabeth Fabian); daughters Carol Shiplet (Glenn), Jan O’Regan (Terry), Patty Slagle (Rob), and sons, Neil Heeney (Sherri), Brian Heeney (Linda), 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, July 12, 11 a.m., at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Colville. A reception will follow. He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of gifts or flowers, please send donations to the Catholic Charities of Spokane, 12 E. Fifth Ave., Spokane, WA 99202, or to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD, 21298.