James L. Heisey, 72, Heisey’s Barber Shop proprietor, Lititz Fire Police volunteer, generous and selfless

By on November 9, 2016

James L. “Jim” Heisey 72, of Lititz, finished his earthly journey and entered into the presence of his Lord on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, at Hospice and Community Care, surrounded by his family.

Born on Oct. 15, 1944, in Lititz he was the son of the late David and Mary Weaver Heisey. Jim was the loving husband of Ruth Ann Breneman Heisey, with whom he celebrated 48 years of marriage on Aug. 3.

Jim was a graduate of The Harrisburg Barber School Class of 1969 and was the owner/operator of Heisey’s Barber Shop for more than 45 years. Outside of his shop practice he brightened the day for residents of Landis Homes, Mennonite Home and Moravian Manor as their “Barber in Residence.” He was an active and faithful member of Lancaster Evangelical Free Church where he served as usher. He also volunteered with the Lititz Fire Police.

Jim was a grateful recipient of one of the early liver transplants at the UPMC in 1992, providing him with a second and fruitful lease on life.

Family and friends enjoyed their excursions with Jim on the many camping and canoeing trips over the years. Golfing with his buddies each Wednesday and traveling with “The Flingers,” a group of four couples who explored out-of-the-way places each spring for 44 years, kept his life very interesting.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Ruth Ann, are his three children: Joel R. husband of Natalie (Bills) Heisey, of Pittsburgh; Jolynn, wife of Tweit Wickmann, of Fort Myers, Fla.; and Michelle Zuercher of Lancaster; nine grandchildren; a brother: John, husband of Arlene Heisey, of Lititz; two half-brothers: Paul, husband of Debbie Heisey, of Lancaster; Alvin Heisey of Florida; and a half-sister: Susan, wife of Ken Reading, of Manheim.

Preceding him in death is a daughter: Jannah R. Heisey.

Jim was committed to the witness of Jesus Christ in his life and to living so that others would come to know the Lord he served. His generous and selfless spirit will live on in the memories of the many people his life touched.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Jim’s funeral service at Lancaster Evangelical Free Church, 419 Pierson Road, Lititz, on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 1:30 p.m. There will be a viewing at the church on Thursday evening, Nov. 10, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with an additional viewing on Saturday afternoon one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Hess Mennonite Cemetery, Lititz.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Jim’s name may be sent to: Wycliffe Bible Translators P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862.

To send the family online condolences, visit BuchFuneral.com. Buch-Heisey Funeral Home, Lititz, had charge of the arrangements.

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