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Calvin J. Heddings, 92, of Danville, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017 at his residence.

He was born Nov. 16, 1924, in Pottsgrove, the son of the late John and Mary Robenolt Heddings. He was married for 69 ½ years to Shirley T. (Young) Heddings. They were married on Dec. 28, 1947.

He graduated from Milton High School in 1943 with perfect attendance for six years.

He served his country in the Navy as a combat veteran during World War II on the LSM and LST landing crafts.

Calvin was employed as a machinist for TRW, Danville for 35 years, retiring in 1987.

He was an active member of St. James (Ridgeville) United Church of Christ, Danville. Calvin served on the Danville Area School District School Board from 1957-1969, his last two years serving as president. He was a committed and dedicated Danville Little League coach for more than two decades for TRW and later for Continental. His sons were honored and privileged to have him as their coach. He was also an honorary member of the Friendship Fire Company in Danville.

Calvin was never idle in his life and displayed that with his avid vegetable gardening, meticulous lawn work, along with harvesting English Walnuts with victorious battles with the squirrels. His love and his skill for bowling was notable. He bowled up until the time of his death and within the last six months achieved a 600 match. He also enjoyed camping. His woodworking skills were evident throughout his home of 69 1/2 years and his children's homes with kitchen cabinets and various pieces he designed and built with great attention to detail. When he was idle, Calvin was an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan and always enjoyed their games and especially enjoyed watching Western movies with his family. A spirited and tenderhearted man, Calvin especially enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom he adored

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, John J. "Jay" Headings and his wife Daryl, of Bloomsburg and Matthew T. Headings and his wife Carrie, of Plantsville, Conn.; and two daughters, D. Jane Baer, of Danville and Jolene "Jody" McDonald and her husband John, of Seven Valleys. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren along with one great-great-grandchild. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive him. Also surviving are two sisters, Ida Wagner, of Northumberland and Mary Acor, of Florida.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Luther, Graydon, Raymond and Sydney; and two sisters, Pearl Koch and Alda Black.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Calvin's life to be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at St. James (Ridgeville) United Church of Christ, 2507 Bloom Road, Danville, with the Rev. Richard J. Shearer officiating. Friends will be received from noon to 1:45 p.m.

Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Danville, with military rites accorded by the American Legion Post 40 Honor Guard.

The family will provide flowers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc., 10 W. Mahoning St., Danville.

Published on May 5, 2017
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