OBITUARY

Dave "Big Daddy" Heldman, Sr.

January 2, 1942December 14, 2019
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Dave “Big Daddy” Heldman

77, of Indianapolis, went to heaven to be with Jesus on Saturday, December 14th. Dave was born to the late Henry and Julia Heldman on January 2, 1942. He leaves behind, Mary, his wife of 57 years and three children: David (Lisa), Bart (Sally), and Laura (Jerry) Jeter. Dave and Mary were blessed with nine grandchildren: Renee’, Rachael, Christopher, Cole, Carley (Jacob) Connelly, Becca (Derek) Banholzer, and Jay, Mikaela, Kendall Jeter. Also, two great granddaughters Brennan and Jolene. Dave leaves behind two brothers Mike (Joa) and Richard (Terri), as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dave is preceded in death by his brothers; Hank and Fritz and sister; Becky.

Dave retired from Eli Lilly in 1993 where he served as a supervisor for 29 years in the pilot plant. He also owned and operated, along with his partner and friend Jim Brooks, a baseball card shop known as “Big Daddy’s” in Beech Grove. He and Jim had the shop for 8 years. Dave also owned and operated a sports card wholesale and auction place with his friend John Stirling.

Until his death, Dave was active as a dealer and consultant of the sports card business. He truly loved being a part of this very popular endeavor. He will always be remembered fondly as “Big Daddy” to those who are connected to this business.

Dave will be truly missed by his family and friends. He was a wonderful husband, a good dad and a proud papaw and great grandpa. He valued his family and his friends. Dave was proud to be known as a Christian and a follower of Jesus. He and Mary recently became members of Rocklane Christian Church. However, they served and were members of Indian Creek Christian Church for 35 years.

Visitation will be held at Rocklane Christian Church in Greenwood on Thursday, December 19, 2019 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm. Funeral Services will be held at the church on Friday, December 20, 2019 at 11:00am with calling one hour prior to the start of the service.

Ephesians 3:20 - Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.

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Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 19, 2019

  • Funeral Services

    Friday, December 20, 2019

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John C. Stirling, Jr.

December 20, 2019

I was owner of "Johnny's Sport Nostalgia" a baseball card shop owner, a competitor of "Big Daddy" you might say we were rivals-but Dave could only have Friends. We became good friends and that friendship spurred a business relationship- a Baseball Card Auction & Wholesale Business. Together we had over 300 Auctions every Thursday Night for six years-I was the Auctioneer and Dave was everything else. If you have ever been to an auction the crowd makes the auction and most nights we had a lively crowd of sports enthusiasts. Every now and then we had 100 people sitting on their hands saying nothing. I would look at Dave in these situations and "Banter" would start-One might say we started an "Abbott & Costello" Routine to get the crowd going. Of course I was the straight man to Dave's humor (never off color) and we would ALWAYS get the crowd going. My favorite "Routine" was the Cal Ripken-Cal Rimkin- would put them in tears every time!!! I told my six kids (all knew Dave) of his passing the last couple of days all had a story to share of their own. Hard to say the he was larger than life BUT HE WAS- I will miss my friend.

Andy Albert

December 18, 2019

I am the current owner of the Indy Card Exchange and was very blessed to get to know Big Daddy over the past several years. After always having our fun and colorful negotiations over cards, we would always take extra time in our conversations to discuss church, our faith, and our families. Big Daddy will be sorely missed in the sports card community and I am proud to know that one day we will be reunited with each other in heaven to pick up where we left off, negotiating over baseball card deals. Love, your friends at Indy Card Exchange

Bob Soel

December 17, 2019

Dave was my friend for many years. We went to breakfast many times at Steak and Shake and traded baseball cards. He was a special and caring person who will be missed by all of us who knew him. I will miss him very much. Bob Soel

Jon Jeter

December 17, 2019

David was a man of such transcendent grace and humor and gentleness that it seemed to ennoble everyone in his orbit. I am proud to have known him.

charlene martinez

December 17, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. I am happy to learn he was a Christian man, loving father, grandfather and friend. My prayers are with all of the family. Charlene Louise Losche Martinez, cousin

Brenda Alexander

December 17, 2019

I pray that God holds you all in his arms and gives you comfort during this difficult time. Love to the entire clan Brenda 💕❤💕

Marilyn Pitchford

December 16, 2019

So sorry to hear of the passing of your husband and father. Sending my sympathies and prayers. Love ❤️ Marilyn Pitchford

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