OBITUARY

Dr. Willie H. Heitman

September 25, 1932November 22, 2021
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Dr. Willie H. Heitman peacefully passed into heaven on Monday, November 22, 2021 at the age of 89. Raised in Rosenberg and residing in Missouri City and then Sugar Land, Dr. Heitman was a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, grandad, great-granddad, friend and dentist. He was born on September 25, 1932 in Kenney, Texas to Willie and Hildegard Heitman, the youngest of three sons.

Dr. Heitman graduated from Lamar high school in Rosenberg in 1951, then studied undergraduate pre-dental at Baylor University in Waco. In 1953 he was drafted into the US Army and served overseas in Korea and Japan until 1955. He resumed his classes at Baylor and graduated in 1957 and was awarded his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1961 from the University of Texas Dental School in Houston. He had a successful dental career in Stafford, TX for over 30 years and served on the Fort Bend Independent School Board (president two out of six years), and was on the Advisory Council for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He was an avid golfer and outdoorsman, and enjoyed ranching, hunting, and fishing. He and his wife, Fairy were longtime members of Sugar Creek Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and served in the nursing home ministry. He also volunteered with his sister-in-law Carolyn Tarver’s Project SMILE. He loved his family and friends and led by example how to live a God-honoring and successful life.

He loved to travel and had been to many countries, including Israel, Australia, England, Germany, Italy, France, Hungary, Greece, Africa, Turkey, Canada, and Mexico. He visited all 50 United States. After retiring Dr. and Mrs. Heitman went on over 20 medical mission trips, providing relief and care to patients in Russia, Romania, and Honduras, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with them.

Dr. Heitman is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Kenneth Heitman and Arthur (Jack) Heitman and wife Barbara, and Fairy, his loving wife of almost 49 years. His survivors are his son Keith Heitman and wife Jane of Sugar Land, son Kerry Heitman and wife Denise of Edmond, OK, and daughter Karen Withrow and husband Paul of Sugar Land; grandchildren Cody Heitman and wife Bri of Stafford, Candace Heitman of the Woodlands, TX, Kelsie Krizek and husband Layne of Wichita, KS, Katie Juarez and husband Christian of Edmond, OK, Kellie Heitman of Edmond, OK, Jessica Hawkins and husband Nick of Killeen, TX, Ben Withrow and wife Ashlyn of Dallas, TX, Will Withrow and wife Catherine of Houston, TX; great-grandchildren Ryan and Robin Heitman, Kinsley, Hudson and River Krizek, and Nora Juarez. Other survivors include family in New Iberia and Lafayette, LA and nieces and nephews in Rosenberg, Richmond and West Columbia, TX and many friends.

Friends are invited to a visitation with the family from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, December 1, in the chapel of Sugar Creek Baptist Church, 13223 Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land.

A funeral service and Celebration of Willie’s Life will immediately follow the visitation, also at Sugar Creek Baptist Church, with a reception to follow.

Interment will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Rosenberg.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Bethel Ministry for Project SMILE, PO Box 280, Stafford, TX 77477.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 1, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, December 1, 2021

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Allen Owen

November 30, 2021

Dr. Heitman was on my Board of Directors for many years of what was originally Missouri City State Bank which eventually became Hillcroft Bank and then Allied Hillcroft Bank which I moved to 2234 in Missouri City and it stands today as Wells Fargo Bank. I am sorry to hear of his passing and my thoughts and prayers are with the family. He was a great friend.

Richard and Kristie Pearson

November 30, 2021

Dr. Heitman was a kind, loving, generous man with a great sense of humor who always exuded love and joy. We used to play dominos with he and Fairy and Karen and Paul and we cherish those times of fun and fellowship. I'm sure the first thing he heard was "Well done good and faithful servant" and now he is reunited with Fairy. He will be missed.

Betty Tate

November 30, 2021

We have been friends with Willie and Fairy Heitman for over 40 years. Our fondest memory was our trip to Israel with them and others from Missouri City Baptist Church in 1976. To tour the place where Jesus trod with our good friends was a wonderful time we will never forget. The last time we saw Willie he was with his daughter Karen in the home where he was living. Knowing this visit was to say goodbye (in our hearts not with words) it was a mixed feeling. We didn't want to lose him but we knew he would soon be with the Lord and Savior he served, and reunited with his wife Fairy. We will never forget their friendship and we are blessed to have called him our friend. Rest in the arms of Jesus Willie! You have run the race and are wearing a crown. "Well done thou good and faithful servant".
Ken and Betty Tate