William Earl Heller Jr.

January 24, 1959February 11, 2021

William Earl Heller Jr., age 62, of Gonzales, Texas passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2021. William was born January 24, 1959 in Del Rio, TX to Willie Ann Beeson and William Earl Heller, Sr.

William is survived by his wife, Mary Heller; son William Edwin Heller of Gonzales, Texas; son Dusty Lee Heller and fiancé April of Gonzales, Texas; son Bruce Evan Nicoletti, Jr. and wife Irene of Shiner, Texas; daughter Jackie Wegener and husband Darrin of Shiner, Texas; daughter Beth Brasher of Houston, Texas; daughter Loni Ideus and husband Chris of Meyersville, Texas; and daughter Nancy McCord and husband Brandon of Ezzell, Texas; mother Willie Ann Beeson of Smiley, Texas; brother Carl Eugene Heller and wife Nancy of Mexia, Texas; sister Barbara Jean Mansel and husband Robert of Sterling, Oklahoma; step brother Kenneth Canion and wife Mindy, and step brother Larry Canion and wife Alice.

William was preceded in death by his father William Earl Heller, Sr and step father Cecil Canion; plus his sister Donna Marie Heller.

Mr. Heller also leaves 18 Grandchildren, 1 Great-Grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews to cherish his memory.

Mr. Heller provided for his family as a truck driver. He loved spending time with his family and watching westerns on TV. In addition, he enjoyed taking his boat out to go fishing, plus tending to his cattle, and shredding with his tractor. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

A visitation will occur Tuesday, February 23, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Buffington Funeral Home, Gonzales, Texas. A graveside service will occur Tuesday, February 23, at 1:30 PM at Pilgrim Cemetery, 699 County Road 210, Smiley, Texas. Burial will follow.

Serving as pallbearers are Tristin Heller, Derrick Davis, Camron Ideus, Anthony Garcia, Richard Grim, and Michael McKinney. Honorary pallbearers are Edwin Wiley, Carl Heller, Phillip Blue and Eddie Sheffield.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in William's memory may be made to Pilgrim Cemetery, PO Box 302, Smiley, Texas 78159.

Services are in the care of Buffington Funeral Home, Gonzales, Texas. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Heller family.


  • Mary Heller, Wife
  • William Earl Heller, Sr, Father (deceased)
  • Willie Ann Beeson, Mother
  • Cecil Canion, Step Father (deceased)
  • William Edwin Heller, Son
  • Dusty Lee Heller (April), Son
  • Bruce Evan Nicoletti, Jr (Irene), Son
  • Jackie Wegener (Darrin), Daughter
  • Beth Brasher, Daughter
  • Loni Ideus (Chris), Daughter
  • Nancy McCord (Brandon), Daughter
  • Carl Eugene Heller (Nancy), Brother
  • Barbara Jean Mansel (Robert), Sister
  • Larry Cannion (Alice), Step Brother
  • Kenneth Canion (Mindy), Step Brother
  • Donna Marie Heller, Sister (deceased)
  • Mr. Heller also leaves 18 Grandchildren, 1 Great-Grandchild and numerous nephews to cherish his memory.

  • Tristin Heller
  • Derrick Davis
  • Camron Ideus
  • Anthony Garcia
  • Richard Grim
  • Michael McKinney
  • Edwin Wiley, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Carl Heller, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Phillip Blue, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Eddie Sheffield, Honorary Pallbearer

  • Pilgrim Cemetery


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021


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Renee Cuddihy

February 25, 2021

My condolences to the family. Bill was a good man. Thank you for loving my nieces the way you did. R.i.p.

Denise Mills

February 22, 2021

My deepest sympathies to the Heller family. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief.

Debbie Brzozowski

February 22, 2021

I am so sorry to hear the passing of Bill & one of my classmates. My prayers go out to his family & during the days ahead. RIP Bill God Speed <3

Diane Sloan

February 22, 2021

I’m so very sorry for your loss. Mary, My heart is breaking for you. I know Bill was your soulmate. I pray you will find some peace and comfort in the coming days. If I can do anything for you please let me know.
Love to you all. 🙏❤️🙏
Diane Sloan

Rosemary Morrow

February 22, 2021

Please accept my sincere symphony on the passing of cousin Bill Heller. My prayers are with his mother Willie Ann (my first cousin), with his wife Mary, and all of his family members.

Know that I am thinking of you as you celebrate his life as he is laid to rest at the Pilgrim Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

In sympathy,
Rosemary Morrow, Austin