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2012-03-08

Gussie Marion Heisler

1920-2012

Gussie Marion Heisler, 91, of Pipe Creek, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 28, in a San Antonio Hospital. He was born August 4, 1920, to Gus and Elizabeth Callahan Heisler in Pipe Creek.

He was raised in Pipe Creek, enlisted as a civilian in the Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. He also served in the Philippines and Japan during World War II.

After working in San Antonio at Lone Star Brewery for 25 years, Gussie retired to the family business, Heisler Well and Construction. He became involved in building roads, and various other construction projects, including cable laying for Southwestern Bell. Later with an old cable tool rig, he started drilling water wells. Gussie ended that career with a fancy Air Rotary Lagersol Rand Rig.

In 1978, Gussie and wife, Lola, retired "for good" and started a traveling spree that lasted until around 2007. After his wife's passing in 2008, he settled down to recycling anything and everything until he went to be with Lola, the love of his life.

Gussie was also instrumental in starting the Helotes, Grey Forest, Lakehills and Pipe Creek Volunteer Fire Departments.

He will be greatly missed by all his loving family and friends.

Gussie is survived by his daughters, Barbara Heisler Hopf and her husband, Keenan, of Pipe Creek, and Sandy Heisler Hearn and her husband, Joe, of Bandera; and sons, Marion Heisler and his wife, Kay, of Lakehills, and Joe Heisler and his wife, Linda, of Pipe Creek. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren, as well as by several nieces, nephews and many great friends.

Gussie was predeceased by his parents; his wife of 67 years, Lola Marie Clayton Heisler; two infant children; three brothers, Harvey Heisler, Eddie Heisler and Adren Heisler; two sisters, Amelia Heisler Lamb and Eva Heisler Crist; and grandson Marion Ray Heisler Jr.

Pallbearers were his grandsons, Jason Hearn, Joey Heisler, DJ Faglie, Charlie Popham, Shawn McHorse and Doug Frazee. Honorary pallbearers were his nephew, Larry Heisler; cousin JB Edwards; dear friend Doug White; old friend Jerry Green, good neighbor and friend Gene Carnes; and good neighbor and friend Jimmy Carnes.

Graveside services were held Saturday, March 3, at the Pipe Creek Cemetery with Rev. Martin Smith officiating. Memorials may be made to Pipe Creek EMS, 8914 State Highway 16, Pipe Creek 78063 or to the Pipe Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

Condolences may be sent to the family by selecting the "Send Condolences" link at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com.

Arrangements were entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.