Jack A. Heern, 81, of Murphysboro, passed away at 8:22 a.m. Sunday, June 9, 2019, at the Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.
Jack was born on February 7, 1938, in Makanda, Illinois, to Finis Heern and Vera (Gher) Heern.
He had operated a gas station, had been a jeweler, was an electrician and plumber, and fire fighter. However, he was probably more well known as the co owner of Tippey's Restaurant from 1979 to 2015 in Murphysboro.
He played the steel, bass and regular guitar and dobro. He also taught guitar lessons. He also played regularly on Tuesday nights at the nursing home.
He was a "jack of all trades", and he could fix anything. He created "pac-a-seats" under the brand name of Jack-Pac. He had a contract with the Grand Olde Opera that one of his seats had to be on the stage during the show. Jack could also be a prankster.
Mr. Heern had attended Murdale Baptist Church in Carbondale. He was also a Mason.
Jack married Virginia Sanders on January 2, 1979, in Murphysboro, and she survives.
Other survivors include two daughters April (Nick) Twenhafel and their children Ella and Hudson, all of Fountain Valley, CA and Kim (Steve) Tarr and their children Logan, Olivia and Jenna-Beth, all of Anna, TX;
a daughter in law Janet Heern of Murphysboro;
two other grandchildren Phillip Heern and his son Treyton, and Zach (Theresa) Heern and their children Leah and Zeke;
and one sister Jean (James Allen) Nichols of Kansas City, KS.
He was preceded in death by one son Ron Heern and his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Pettett Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Daniels officiating and burial at Murdale Gardens of Memory. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday until 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation or to the American Cancer Society. for more information, please visit http://www.pettettfuneralhome.com.