John D. Heller

September 22, 1980December 29, 2018
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John D. Heller, 38, of Oneonta gave his life saving the love of his life and fiancé, Amber Roe and his four precious nephews, Saturday, December 29, 2018. He was born September 22, 1980 in Oneonta, the son of John R. and Gayle (Eggler) Heller. John graduated from Oneonta High School the class of 2000. He attended Herkimer Community College. John was a Life Skills Supervisor at Oneonta Job Corp Academy. He was well loved and respected by both his coworkers and his students. Together with his dad, John enjoyed model trains. He loved to decorate for all the holidays, watching football especially University of Michigan. Traveling and camping with Amber were also greatly enjoyed. John had a huge heart for everyone and especially, Amber and his four nephews. He will be remembered for his keen sense of humor. He was a former Oneonta Fire fighter. John is survived by his fiancé and soulmate, Amber Roe, Oneonta; his parents, John and Gayle Heller, Oneonta; brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Erika Heller, Oneonta; four nephews, Donovan, Maddox, Macall and Rawley Heller; maternal grandmother, Phyllis Eggler, Oneonta; aunts and uncles, George A. Eggler and Evando Macario, Sharon and Clifford Costello, Gary Heller and Christine Eldred and Larry and Sally Heller; mother-in-law, Cyndy Doroski, East Meredith; as well as several cousins. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Abbie Heller and John O. Heller; maternal grandfather, George L. Eggler; father-in-law, Herb Roe. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2019 in the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main Street, Oneonta from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market Street, Oneonta with Rev. Judith A. Thistle officiating. There will be a celebration of life at the East Meredith Fire Department, immediately following the funeral service. Burial will be at a later date in the Charlotte Valley Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to either the Oneonta Fire Department Rescue Fund, 81 Main Street, Oneonta, New York 13820 or the East Meredith Rural Fire District, P.O. Box 65, East Meredith, New York 13757, Attn. Chief David Briggs. John’s family would like to thank the entire community for their outpouring love and support shown to them during this difficult time.


  • Calling Hours

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, January 4, 2019


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Rahmeek Brunner

December 3, 2019

Hello this is a former jobcorps student. I wasnt. The brightest infact i got kicked out of jc but when i was in there heller was a person you could always speak to, crack jokes with, and just have fun with. I can not believe hes gone.

Gilbert Colon

May 23, 2019

I didn't know John Heller for long. Only for about a year or 2 while i attened Oneonta Job Corps. He was such and awesome person and was available to talk to when i needed to talk to someone to keep my head on right. He guided me the right way and kept me out of trouble as i was in job corps. Because of him and pushing students to do right a lot of us would've never graduated. Thank you Mr Heller. Miss you man. My family and i send our condolences to Ms Amber Roe and family best reguards keep your heads on strong thats how he would like for you to move on and stay strong God Bless you all

Jeff Peake

January 6, 2019

I don't know how to express the sadness I felt when I learned about John's passing. John was one of the good guys -- the sort person that this world is sorely in need of, every day. I will miss him dearly, and my heart goes out to all of his family and friends.

Lynn Brown

January 6, 2019

John and Gail my heart is so sad for the lose of John. We worked side by side for 5 years he was the calm one and I am the loud one we were the perfect team he will be missed but I know he is in heaven with my nanny and herbie now He is a hero and a friend

Love Lynn

Jim and Linda Dallara

January 6, 2019

Dear John and Gayle and all of the family and loved ones of John D. Heller,
We send our deepest condolences on your loss and pray that fond memories and the support of all the community brings you peace. Your son could not have had better parents or family and he showed his fine, courageous character in his final moments on earth. He is deserving of all the accolades he received at his remembrance.
With our Sincere Sympathy,
Jim and Linda Dallara and family

Randy & Joanne Fritz

January 4, 2019

John , Gayle, Amber and Families... We are so sorry to hear of you loss. John was a true Hero, may he rest in peace.
Randy and Joanne Fritz

Richard Rock

January 3, 2019

John & Gayle......So sorry to hear of your loss, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Rocky

Patricia Mattoon

January 2, 2019

John was one of my third grade students. I remember him as a sweet, kind, quiet little fellow who was a joy to teach. When he was a sixth grader, he was my daughter's Safety Patrol "Buddy." We lived on Southside so she did not know the school neighborhood well. John, on the other hand, was a "walker," living near the school. When the two of them were out in the neighborhood helping the younger students cross the busy streets John knew so well, I was glad to know that she had him as her "buddy." John died a hero, but much too young and with so much he desired to give to his family and community. My sincere condolences go out to his loved ones.

Jean Christensen

January 2, 2019

Thinking of you and your family.
Jean and Dave Christensen

Anita Portelli

January 2, 2019

Dear john and Gayle and family, joe and I are so very sorry to hear of your loss... we always remember all of you as the best neighbors we've ever had... god bless john for being such a courageous hero.... sending our love, joe and anita portelli