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Jack Heern

Jack Heern

Monday, February 7th, 1938 Sunday, June 9th, 2019

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Obituary for Jack A. Heern

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.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Pettett Funeral Home
    1418 South St.
    MURPHYSBORO, IL
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    Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
    5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Pettett Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Pettett Funeral Home
  • Service

    11:00am
    Pettett Funeral Home
    1418 South St.
    MURPHYSBORO, IL
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    Officiant
    Rev. Joe Daniels
  • Interment

    Pleasant Grove Memorial Park
    31 Memorial Drive
    MURPHYSBORO, IL
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Cathy Hines-Boulton

We are so sorry to hear about Jack. We have fond memories of Tippey's, Bob and he had a mutual interest in steel guitars, and my father was a friend of Jack's for many years.

Cathy Hines-Boulton and Bob Boulton.
Comment | Posted at 12:02am via Condolence
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Rhonda and Jim Bodkin

Kim, April and families. So sorry about Jack. Saw him most Sunday mornings at church. Just wanted to be there for your mom. Praying for you all. 🙏🏻🙏🏻May God provide wisdom , direction and comfort as only He can. Love to you guys. Rhonda 💗💗
Comment | Posted at 08:58am via Condolence

Beth Miller

Virginia, Kim, April and family. We are saddened to hear about Jack's passing. We remember our many meals at Tippys fondly. One of my favorite memories of Jack was watching him play steel guitar. He was so gifted. He will be greatly missed. May God comfort you during this time.
Beth (Stearns) Miller & Heather (Stearns) Gold
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Berta Brown

Virginia and Family,
So sorry for your loss. My Dad grew up with Jack. He was a very kind person.
Your 're all remembered in prayer, now and in the days to follow. If there's anything I can do please feel free to contact me. Love to all.
God Bless
Comment | Posted at 11:51pm via Condolence

Michael Williams

I'm sure everyone has a "Tippy's" story. I used to love eating breakfast there on many, many mornings. Sympathy and love to all his family and friends. We will meet again on the other side, safe in the Presence of Jesus!
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