Gordon Heimbach

Gordon S. Heimbach

Tuesday, April 23rd, 1935 - Wednesday, April 10th, 2019
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Gordon S. Heimbach, 83, born April 23, 1935 in East Greenville, passed away on April 10, 2019 at home.

He was the son of the late Raymond W. and Glenna V. (Christman) Heimbach.

He grew up around his father’s business, I.B. Heimbach & Son, Coal, Feed, Lumber & Building Materials.

He graduated from high school in 1952 and was the last graduating class of East Greenville High School.

He went on to study Industrial Arts at Millersville State Teachers College, now Millersville University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1956. He was a member of three fraternities, two honorary professional and one service to the campus fraternity.

He taught junior high shop in Collingwood, NJ from 1956 to 1972. Drafted into the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960 where he served as an instructor in the Signal Corps at Ft. Gordon, Georgia.

He and his brother, Larry, in 1973 bought and remodeled the former Triangle Auto Dealership building in Pennsburg and developed a hardware store called Heimbach Brothers, Do-It-Yourself Center. They opened in 1975 and retired in 2005 after 31 years. Thereupon, the property was bought and demolished and became a Rite-Aid Pharmacy.

Surviving are siblings, Raymond C. Heimbach of Zionsville, Lorraine H. Lamberton of Phoenix, AZ,
Dorothy J. Hemmerle of Emmaus and Larry L. Heimbach of East Greenville; nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.
Predeceased are siblings, Frances G, Gendebien, Myrtle A. Pirnik, Joyce V. Whiteford and Jeannette L. Harwick.

Gordon enjoyed collecting antique wood-working tools and family reunions. He supported Animals in Distress located in Coopersburg and also the Montgomery County SPCA.

He was a member of the East Greenville Fire Co. and a lifelong member of New Goshenhoppen United Church of Christ.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Friday, April 26, 2019 at New Goshenhoppen UCC, 1070 Church Rd., East Greenville, PA 18041 with Rev. Ryan Travis officiating. Family and friends are invited to call from 9:30 AM to 10:45 PM at the church prior to the service. Arrangements are entrusted to Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, 222 Washington St., East Greenville, PA 18041.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the New Goshenhoppen UCC Handicap Accessibility Fund and Montgomery County SPCA, PO Box 222, Conshohocken, PA 19428.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 26th, 2019 | 9:30am - 10:45am
    Friday, April 26th, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
    New Goshenhoppen United Church of Christ
    1070 Church Road
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  • Service

    Friday, April 26th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, April 26th, 2019 11:00am
    New Goshenhoppen United Church of Christ
    1070 Church Road
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Ryan Travis


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Mark Wallace

Posted at 12:10pm
I had Mr. Heimbach for 7th and 8th grade (1971-72) woodshop, Collingswood. He is the reason I studied and became an industrial arts teacher. He is the reason I had a succesful career. So glad I found him, visited, and thanked him several years ago. A great teacher and nice guy! RIP Teacher! My sympathy to the family!

Jeff Huddleston

Posted at 08:49am
My sincere sympathy to Gordon's family. I met Gordon and his brother when I first moved into the Valley in 2002. They treated me like a friend the first time I entered their store to buy a mailbox for my new house. They were so helpful , and they made me feel at home in my new surroundings. I even purchased some of the old postcards they had that showed many of the established businesses in the Upper Perkiomen Valley. They took the time to explain to me where they were located so that I could visit them if I wanted.

Marita Thomson

Posted at 09:24am
My sympathies to all Gordon's family and friends. Gordon rented one of his apartments to me, and was a wonderful, caring landlord. When I purchased my first single home, I took up a lot of his time at the store asking for guidance but he was always very patient and generous with his time. I learned to do many home maintenance projects with his help. So very grateful to have known such a sweet man. He always had a kind smile on his face, and will be greatly missed.

Maryann Clemmer

Posted at 08:38am
My deepest sympathy to the Heimbach families. Gordon was a friendly soul. Always willing to go out of his way to assist at their store. He would never let me carry out the rug shampooer. He would say it was not for a woman to carry. It was a Blessing to have known Gordon❤️.

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