William P. Heaston
May 2, 1943 – February 24, 2020
Bill was born and raised in Omaha, the oldest of 8 children born to William R. and Eleanor Lynch Heaston. He graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes grade school and spent the next 11 years educated by Jesuits at Creighton Prep, University and Law School. All 4 institutions remained near and dear to his heart, producing life-long friendships. An Army ROTC graduate, he was commissioned into the Army JAG Corps in 1968. He went to Vietnam September 1968 with the 101st Abn. Div. Struck by Cupid’s arrow, he met Red Cross Donut Dollie, Dorris Hecht from Baltimore, in July 1969 when she arrived at Camp Eagle, VN. The couple married April 4, 1970 and Bill continued his military career.
Children John and Rita were born during assignment to Frankfurt Germany. Eileen was born while Bill taught at USMA West Point, NY and Ben was born in Anchorage, AK. Bill retired from the military in 1986 and the family moved to Omaha where Bill joined the Legal Department of US West. Next stop Denver then on to Sioux Falls, South Dakota where Bill started at DTG Communications and finished his career at SDN Communications. Bill permanently retired November 2016 and returned to Omaha to enjoy family and friends. In July 2019 he was diagnosed with a Stage 4 Glioblastoma Brain Tumor. Bill’s kindness, generosity, faith, and strength of character generated new friendships at every location.
Throughout the years, Bill coached kids’ soccer and baseball. He mentored refugees, participated in Perpetual Adoration, volunteered on Parish Council, coached Mock Trial and contributed to his communities. He taught his children to ski because he loved to ski. There are many memories and stories of family ski trips and later there would be ski trips with grandchildren. There were lots of family road trips visiting friends and relatives, listening to Patsy Cline and Neil Diamond and playing Trivial Pursuit in the car. Bill and Dorris traveled and enjoyed attending annual meetings with RAJA (Retired Army Judge Advocates) and ARCOA (American Red Cross Overseas Association) throughout the U.S.
Those left to mourn are those whose lives he touched including his loving wife Dorris; children: John (Lori Umstead), Rita Clark (Mick), Ben (Nicole Dagerman) all of Omaha and Eileen (Luke Bird) of Anchorage AK and the 10 grandchildren he adored. He is also survived by siblings: Patrick (Ramona) of Des Moines, Margaret Rumford (William) Pender Island, B.C., Elaine, Jeanne and George (Patricia) of Omaha; sisters-in-law, Vera Heaston, Carmel and Rita Robertson (Sam) Cincinnati; plus nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws, and brothers Dr. Timothy Heaston, DDS and Harve B. Heaston.
Family will receive friends Sunday, March 1st from 3pm to 5pm, at the West Center Chapel followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 5pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, March 2nd, 10:30am, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (2110 S. 32nd Ave.) with Military Honors by Millard Am. Legion Post 374 and VFW Post 8334. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Siena/Francis House, Mercy High School or Our Lady of Lourdes School Endowment Fund.