James Russell Heflin
James Russell “Russ” Heflin
QUINCY – James Russell “Russ” Heflin, 87, of Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, formerly of Springfield and Bloomington, died Sunday, June 24, 2007 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy.
He was born June 15, 1920 in Dumagete, Philippine Islands, the son of Rev. Clyde E. and Josephine D. Russell Heflin. He married Charlotte Brennan on May 11, 1943; she preceded him in death on February 3, 2000. His parents and two brothers, Robert Dean and William Allen Heflin, also preceded him in death.
Mr. Heflin was a lobbyist for the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce. He was a Captain in the U.S. Army Corps serving during WWII as a B-17 pilot in the 15th Air Force. He was a former member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Springfield. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, 483rd Bomb Group, where he was very involved and served as president for a year and editor for the group’s newsletter for numerous years, and the Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps.
Survivors: one daughter, Diane (husband, Arnold) Woodruff of Richmond, VA; on son, Douglas (wife, LeAnn) Heflin of Omaha, NE; four grandchildren, Nathan and Russell Woodruff, and Andy and Kelly Heflin; one sister, Dorothy (husband, Pete) Miracle of Willoughby, OH; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Memorials may be made to Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, 1707 N. 12th, Quincy, IL 62301.
Visitation will be held 5:00-7:30 p.m., Friday, June 29, 2007. Services: 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 29, Sandi Woodward, CLP officiating. Graveside services will be held at Viola Cemetery, Viola, IL at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 20, 2007, where military honors will be conducted by the Aledo VFW. Staab Funeral Home of Service.