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In Memoriam: Eugene D. "Gene" Heller

November 1, 2019
Eugene D. "Gene" Heller, 89, of El Paso, Illinois, who with his wife, Doris, founded Heller Ford in that city in 1957, died Oct. 27. He was the father of Dan Heller, who serves on the CATA board of directors.
Mr. Heller served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict before returning to El Paso, where he served as an Elder for the Trinity Lutheran Church of El Paso. He also served as a chairman of the Ford Dealers Advertising Fund and was El Paso’s Senior Citizen of the Year.
Other survivors include daughters Cheryl and Amy; another son, Marty; a Bolivian exchange student, Alfredo "Chicho" Fernandez; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions appreciated to the Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund, (309) 527-4333, or the El Paso Fire District, (309) 527-6145.