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Richard “Rick” Lee Heller, 64, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday at Ascension All Saints Medical Center.  He was born in Cook County, Illinois on November 23, 1953, and was the son of the late Jay and Lois (Nee:  Cook) Heller.

On May 9, 1980 he was united in marriage to Therese E. Schiro.  Rick was employed by the City of Racine as Chief Building Inspector for many years, retiring on November 11, 2011.  An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed time spent hunting at his cabin in Chetek.  Rick also enjoyed woodworking, cooking, and gambling trips to the casino.  Rick’s grandchildren were his pride and joy and he cherished time spent with them.

Survivors include his loving wife of thirty-seven years, Therese; his children, Krystyn (Collin) Hirsch, Rose (Joe) Grauwels, Jacob Heller (Sheila Bink); his grandchildren, Jackson, Cooper, Brooklyn Hirsch, Natalie Carbajal, Joseph Grauwels; canine shadow, Blossom; sister and brothers, Jayne (Dan) Exner, Jay (Kristal) Heller, Kurt Heller, David (Lisa) Heller; stepmother, Janet Heller; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Mike.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday st 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Reverend Javier Guativa officiating.   Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Lucy’s Capital Campaign or to the Veteran’s Tiny Houses have been suggested.