Wilbur "Van" F. Heflin

May 31, 1924March 16, 2013

Creve Coeur, IL– Wilbur F. “Van” Heflin, 88, of Creve Coeur, passed away at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.

He was born May 31, 1924 in Iuka, IL to Hershel Raymond and Maudie Rosalie (Eddings) Heflin. He married Mary Glenna Raffety in Springfield, IL on Feb. 7, 1957. She preceded him in death on Oct. 15, 1995. He was also preceded in death by his parents and brother.

Surviving are 3 children, Beverly Trout, Michael (Barbara) Heflin, James Heflin; 5 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Van was a US Navy WWII veteran. He was a former member of the American Legion. He worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 36 years, retiring on Jan. 1, 1983. He was a former member and treasurer at Richland Southern Baptist Church in East Peoria.

Private Services will be at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria. Burial with military honors will be at Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be made at


Wilbur "Van" F. Heflin

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Mike Straker

March 20, 2013

Only had the chance to meet you dad once at our chapter meeting seemed to be a great man. Wish we had the time to do a few shots and BS for a while. Remember we all love ya brother.

Don Statler

March 19, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Kim Kinder

March 19, 2013

My heart goes out to the family. Van was a wonderful, kind, and caring man. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched. My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.

Maryland Gess

March 18, 2013

Remembering both of Van and Mary with very fond memories. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.