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