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Frank Heger Jr.

July 27, 1939 — August 12, 2021

Frank Heger, Jr. age 82 of Englewood, Tennessee (formerly of Owosso, Michigan) fell asleep in death surrounded by loved ones on Thursday, August 12, 2021. He also resided in Minnesota for a number of years.

Frank was born on July 27, 1939 to Frank Heger, Sr. and Jean (Wooley, Heger) Robertson in Detroit, Michigan. Frank grew up in Owosso, Michigan, graduated from Owosso High School (1957), studied at Michigan State University for a year before spending over two years in the Army.

Frank had a love for learning, and what he learned about Jehovah, the God of the Bible, moved him to dedicate his life to Jehovah, and he was baptized on June 16, 1962. He was a well-read man of many professions, interests and hobbies, including microbiology, securities consulting, philately and genealogy.

Although Frank endured debilitating illnesses for most of his life, it never dampened his love for learning, adventure and life. He loved each member of his family dearly. He especially cherished his faith, his spiritual family and sharing in activities related to his faith, as a member of the Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses wherever he lived or traveled.

Whenever Frank shared any story about his life, it involved some type of adventure. Through these life stories, you learned that over the years, Frank’s life took many ups, downs and turns. However, the most important feature that influenced his life was his personal relationship with his God Jehovah and the promises of better times to come. One promise especially dear to him was, the time when no one would say “I am sick.” He shared his hope with those he met, especially the many doctors, nurses, and caregivers that provided care for him. This hope was something he wanted everyone to know, and it was what sustained him until his last breath. When asked what he looked forward to doing in paradise, he would say, “I’m going to start walking and I’m not going to stop. You’ll just have to join me.”

Frank is survived by his wife of 44 years, Catherine Marie (Hageman), former wife of 10 years Beverly Ann (Nelson) and his ten children; son, Joel (Carmen), Mexico; daughter Tracy (Jerry) Ashbrook, Maryland; daughter Kristie (Mark) Jensen, Minnesota; daughter, Dawn Millar, Michigan; son Jason (Heather), Minnesota; son Jeffrey (Alanda), Tennessee; son Jonathan (Nicole), Michigan; son Jerrod, Michigan; daughter Deanna, South Carolina; daughter Danielle, Michigan; 10 grandchildren, his brothers Paul Heger, Ohio; Steven Heger, Arizona and many nieces and nephews.

Frank was preceded in death by both of his parents, brother Peter and daughter-in-law, B. Cherie (Dennis) Heger.

An on-line Zoom Memorial Service will be held on Sunday September 12, 2021, at 3:00pm EST. For more information contact

You are invited to share a personal memory of Frank or your condolences with his family at his online memorial located at Companion Funeral Home of Athens and the Cody family are honored to assist the family with these arrangements.

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