James L. "Jim" Heger

August 2, 1947December 11, 2012

James L. “Jim” Heger, 65, of Victoria passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2012. He was born August 2, 1947, in Columbus, Texas, to the late Rudy E. and Irene B. Nollkamper Heger. Jim graduated from Victoria High School and attended Victoria College before enlisting in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam conflict. While stationed at Bitburg Air Base in Germany he studied German through the University of Maryland-European Division. After being discharged he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Southwest Texas State University. He retired after 23 years as Human Resources Director of Citizens Medical Center. Jim was active in many community organizations including the Victoria Jaycees, Victoria YMCA, Hope Chest Thrift Store Board of Directors, Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross, Presbyterian Day School Board of Directors, and theTexas Society for Healthcare Human Resources and Education President. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and was also active at First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Claire Carsner Heger of Victoria; sons, Trey Erwin of Houston and Andrew C. Heger of Austin; sister, Kathryn D. Morrow and husband, Bill, of Cuero; brothers, Charles H. Heger and wife, Daphne, of Victoria, and David R. Heger and wife, Carol, of Houston.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a niece, Emily Morrow.

Visitation will be from 4-6 pm Sunday, December 16, 2012, at Rosewood Funeral Chapels. Rev. George Henninger will lead a Rosary at 6 pm.

Memorial services will be at 10 am Monday, December 17, 2012, at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Kathryn Morton officiating. Taps and flag presentation will be provided under the auspices of the Victoria Veterans Council.

Honorary pallbearers will be Roy Nollkamper, Pat Kopecky, Nathan Heger, Chris Bryant, Matthew Heger, Justin Turner, Cory Ramseur, Robby Kirk, Wil Kleck, Allen Jones, Gary Moses, Bill Jones, Dr. Junor, JR "Ryan" Schmidt, Robert McKay, Connally Mckay, Blake Joines, Tom Schmidt, Gary Breech, Will Moore, Logan Knapp, Citizens Medical Center Human Resources Department, First Presbyterian Church Nellie Hudson Sunday School Class, the late Royce Church and the late Paul Kornfuehrer.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Presbyterian Day School, 2408 N. Navarro, Victoria, Texas, 77901, the American Diabetes Association, Corpus Christi Office, 500 N. Shoreline, Suite 610, Corpus Christi, Texas, 78471, MD Anderson Cancer Center, P. O. 4486, Houston, Texas, 77210-4486, or Citizens Medical Center Foundation, 2701 Hospital Drive, Victoria, Texas, 77901.

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  • Memorial Service Monday, December 17, 2012
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  • Rosary Sunday, December 16, 2012

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Bill Jones

December 19, 2012

Jim was a true gentleman, a trusted colleague, and a good friend. All that knew him are better for it. My sincere condolences to the family of a very good man.

December 18, 2012

James was a kind, gentle, Godly man. Our lives are better for knowing him. He was the best Santa, ever! He will forever be missed. So happy he's in a place where there is no pain or sorrow. We will see him again someday and there will be much rejoicing!

Sharon Church

December 17, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Heger family. Jim was truly a kind, warm, compassionate person. His friendship will be missed.

Marcos A. Ramirez
President, TSHHRAE (Texas Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration and Education)

Dana Brandt

December 17, 2012

I have known Jim for years through TSHHRAE and am very saddened at his passing. He was such a kind and caring man who loved his family. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all. Please accept my condolences.

Dana Brandt
HR Manager, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System

Elaine Malina

December 17, 2012

To the Heger Family,
Please accept our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you.
Elaine and Frank Malina

December 16, 2012

I ao m so very sorry for the loss of one of the finest men I have ever known.
I was so very priviledged to take care of Mr. Heger in Warm Springs. There wasnt a day that I came in that he wasnt polite and kind. He was so very proud of his family and his loving wife. I was so saddened by this news.
I missed him when I was off and eager to see how he was doing when I went back to work. Never a complainer, always patient and just a joy to take care of. He taught me so much about life and how to live it. I will miss him
horribly. Ronda Obryan RN

December 16, 2012

Dear Claire, So sorry to hear this sad news. I hope your good memories will help you through hard times & you will find peace in time. Love, Prissy Lee, Brookfield, CT

Ricky & Carol Ann Lenz

December 15, 2012

We were quite sorry to hear that Jim had passed away. Jim was truly a fine
Christian gentleman who always had a smile on his face. I had known Jim for
over fifty years and I never heard anyone utter a negative comment about him.
I know that he will be greatly missed. May God bless the entire Heger family
during your time of loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Homer Berger

December 15, 2012

Jim was the kindest man I have ever known. We worked together at the City many years ago but I never considered Jim just a co-worker. He was a true friend and the perfect example of a selfless servant. Many years ago Jim took time out of his busy schedule playing Santa to come to my in-laws' house as Santa to surprise everyone. It is one of my family's cherished Christmas memories

December 15, 2012

Claire, my heartfelt sympathy go out to you and the boys. I know he was a wonderful man and I ask God to give you whatever you need to see you through all the days ahead. Thinking of you, Pam Lindsey