OBITUARY

Evan Ray Heim

June 13, 1995October 25, 2019
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Evan Ray Heim passed away on Friday, October 25th at his home in Kokomo. Evan was born June 13, 1995 in Indianapolis, IN. He was the only son of Gina Heady Heim and the late Fred (Ralph) Heim. Evan graduated from Kokomo High in 2014, where he played football and wrestled. Evan took a mechanic class as an elective and fell in love with mechanics, this developed into his love of diesel trucks. If you knew Evan, you knew he was a ‘truck guy’! Evan also had a love for this country. He joined the Army Reserves in his junior year of high school. Evan attended Boot Camp at Fort Benning, Georgia between his Junior and Senior years of high school. He came back a stronger, committed young man. When Evan was your friend you knew he always had your back. Three days after graduating high school Evan headed to AIT military training. He then reported to Army Reserve Unit in Lafayette Indiana for his 6 + 2 contract. Three weeks after graduating from AIT, he started college at the University of Northwestern-Ohio and graduated with a dual degree in Diesel Technician/Agricultural Equipment Technician. Evan fit into the gear head, truck life. While at UNOH Evan spent his weekends traveling and working for Trinity Karting Group. He loved working on any kind of motor. Evan would work on friend’s trucks and cars in his driveway. He believed in the ‘Real Men Drive Trucks’ moto. He believed Cummins was the only motor worth having. If you had a mechanical problem, Evan was your guy. There is still a pile of old parts/stereo systems in the barn out back. His friends and family knew he was always just a phone call away. He would drive a state away to pick up a friend’s broken down truck. October 24, 2018 Evan started the fight of his life against a rare, very aggressive cancer called Adrenocortical Carcinoma. After 10 months of high powered chemo, followed by 10 rounds of maximum radiation and a brief trial of yet another type of chemo; at one year and one day Evan’s body gave out on him. He believed to the end he was going beat this cancer. He had a 4-year tradition of watching Thursday Night Football with family and friends. True to the end, his last night on earth was spent watching Thursday night football surrounded by family and, yes, there was always pizza. Even though it was not his Chicago Bears, and a pretty bad game, it was a tradition, and traditions must go on. Evan was a kind soul, an outstanding son, a cherished grandson, a loved nephew, a cousin who was always there and, to many, a friend you could always count on. Evan was a rare kind of guy. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. There will be a public visitation for Evan held at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home on Friday, November 1st from 4-7 pm. Another visitation will be held on Saturday, November 2nd from 10-11 am, followed immediately by a funeral service. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Evan's name to: Rogel Cancer Center Adrenal Cancer Program - 310488 C/O The University of Michigan Office of University Development Envelopes will be available at Sunset Memory Garden.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Ryan Heady
  • Brad Heady
  • Justin Joneikis
  • Adam Heady
  • Billy Heady
  • Dylan Heady
  • Tanner Heady

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 1, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 2, 2019

Memories

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Becky and John Ulerick

November 1, 2019

Gina and Family,

There are no words to express how sorry we are for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Gregory Tyner

October 29, 2019

Gina, Family and Friends,

Evan Ray Heim was Excitation, Realization of Humility in Exhibiting Real Heart with Energy, Respect and Humor, which he did Exactingly, Reverently and Helpfully. In a poem we read that a dash represents all the time that one spends alive on earth.

Evans’ dash was as a meteor encountering earth’s atmosphere- he flamed out streaming across our lives. His branch extended and touched many family trees in the forest of humanity. He reached out and brushed against the entwining limbs of our outreaching branches. From Brushwood Road to Douglas Avenue our life has been far more enriched by him.

Some may say his dash between 1995 and 2019 is 24 years, that his branch has fallen. His grandmother and grandfather, Jessie Leona Graves Heim and Ralph Brewer Heim were born in 1917. His grandmother passed away in 1998 and his grandfather in 1999. His father Ralph Frederick Heim, born in 1953, passed away just 3 months ago. Evan’s passing has made his tree branch 102 years long. Evan defined and emboldened his dash through Duty, Assisting, and Serving Humbly, swaying in the forest of family trees as no other, having fallen to earth as a display of bright light still burning in our hearts.

Greg and Phyllis Heim Tyner

Ruth Wood

October 28, 2019

Dearest Gina,
There are no words to express my deepest sympathies to you for this immeasurable loss of Evan. Only God can give you the comfort and peace you will need now. Praying for Him to carry you now.
I will never forget how excited Evan was to find that little frog when you came to the lake all those many years ago. He was truly a gift from God.
In Christ Love,
Ruth Wood

Indea McCombs

October 28, 2019

My deepest condolences from my family to Jerry and his family. I did not know Evan directly, but have had family and friends dear to me fighting for their life loose their fight abruptly. I pray that the days don't grow harder to deal with as Evans homegoing grows near. There is a lot of power in a support group and I hope that each one impacted can lean on those willing to support you and your family in this time of need. May God's strength collectively help your through this difficult time.

KEVIN AVERY

October 27, 2019

Evan, My favorite Soldier, My soundboard, My very good friend; You have made a lasting impact in my life that nobody has ever done before. You and I shared way too many laughs at the expense of other people but that is why you are one of a kind. I finally found someone with the same humor as mine. I'm sure you are looking down upon all of us who love you right now, because we all are looking up at you. Rest well my friend. I will never forget you. Kevin

Amanda Fahey

October 27, 2019

Much respect, Brother in Arms. My cancer fight is for you too. They tricked us.

Denise Morgan

October 26, 2019

Gina my heart goes out to you. May God bless you with comfort and great memories of your sweet son. He will be missed by all that knew him. Love & Prayers.

Brian Pulsipher

October 26, 2019

I knew Evan from serving in the Army Reserves at the 209th QM in Lafayette, IN. He was/is a good soldier. I know he would give the shirt off his back for anyone. You always knew he was coming or going by the sound of his diesel.

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Biography

If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Evan Ray Heim. He was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to him because he was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around him had whatever they needed.

      Evan was born on Community Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was the son of Gina Heady Heim and Fred Heim. Evan was raised in Kokomo, Indiana. During his childhood he learned to be reliable and respectful. Evan was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. He found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Evan's personality throughout his life.

      As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of his experiences, Evan was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although he had an exacting nature, Evan was always tactful. One thing Evan will certainly be remembered for is that, when he got up in the mornings, he was ready and raring to go. As a young boy, Evan had a number of interests and was an active child. Evan took part in football and wrestling.

      For Evan, the school routines were never a problem although he generally preferred variety to structure. He seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And he was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Evan was also adept at details. Evan was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. He graduated from Kokomo High School in 2014. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was mechanics class. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Ryan Wiles. Evan was on the Kokomo High School State wrestling team in 2012. This was the last time Kokomo had ever advanced to a state meet.

      College can be a challenge, but Evan appeared to be well equipped to succeed. He had a knack for staying focused and on track no matter what was going on around his. Evan had the ability to work undisturbed through all of the constant interruptions that are a regular part of college life. Evan enjoyed using the skills he'd already learned and applying them to new courses. He knew the facts and rarely made factual errors. He earned dual degrees in diesel and agricultural equipment technician studies. Evan loved working at Trinity Karting Group, where he was in their pit crew for their racing teams.

      There was one thing that all of Evan's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that he was respectful. He could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Evan was such a popular person throughout his life. But Evan was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. Evan was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While he maintained personal standards and his own personal values, Evan was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, Evan was often the person who would organize events. In fact, Evan was fairly comfortable playing the role of “host” for just about any occasion. When Evan made friends, he made true and lasting friendships. While growing up, his cousin Dylan Heady was his best friend. They were true partners in crime. Later in life, he became friends with Matt Johnson, Rob Beckman, Sergeant First Class Kevin Avery, and all the guys in his unit. Dylan remained his best friend, and he had many college friends that he also stayed in touch with. Evan also enjoyed his wrestling teammates and remained in contact with them. He would do anything for those that he considered friends.

      Taking his work seriously came naturally to Evan, and he expected the same from those around him. Evan was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. He was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in his good communication skills. Evan was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Evan handled well. He could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” His primary occupation was being a mechanic. He loved working with his hands. He brought harmony to his work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for his colleagues.

      Blessed with a practical nature, Evan was a person who appreciated the routine of the military. He was a man who took his obligations seriously, working well with the others in his unit. Evan was a Specialist in the United States Army Reserves. He belonged to the 209th Quartermaster Company in Lafayette, Indiana.

      Evan was one of those people who took pride in constantly putting forth his best effort. Nowhere was that more visible than in sports. Evan was always enthusiastic and a great team player. In high school, Evan played football and wrestling. Evan also liked being a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite teams whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were watching the Chicago Bears.

      Evan passed away on October 25, 2019 at his home with his family by his side. Evan fought a brave battle again a very rare adrenocorical carcinoma cancer. He is survived by a very loving family. Evan was laid to rest in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery in Kokomo, Indiana.

      Evan was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever he said something, he meant it. Evan was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. He was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. He was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember him for most is the fact that he was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life he touched will miss Evan Ray Heim.