Donald W. Heiby – Crawford County Now


Donald W. Heiby was born July 17, 1930 in Bucyrus, Ohio, to the late Norman and Gladys Heiby, and died at age 92 on November 13, 2022. He married Mary Eckstein on September 10, 1950, who has l preceded in death. Also preceding were two infant brothers and two infant sisters.

Donald is survived by one sister, Janet Woods of Marion, Ohio, two daughters, Lynn Heiby of Bucyrus, Ohio and Dawn Cheyney (Tom) of Clermont, Florida. He was blessed with a grandson, Judd Cheyney (Sarah), and two great-grandchildren, Madeline and Vanessa, from Gotha, Florida.

Although a self-taught mechanic, Don was professionally trained by General Motors, specializing in transmissions. He serviced cars at Patterson Pontiac and Oldsmobile in Galion, Ohio throughout the 60s and 70s. Don taught auto mechanics in 1973 and 74 at Bucyrus High School and worked for two years for The Timken Company, Bucyrus Distribution Center. He owned and operated Bob & Don’s Auto Sales on East Mansfield Street for approximately 10 years.

Don has spent many hours in his basement carpentry workshop, creating objects that his family will use and cherish. He and Mary volunteered for 10 years providing support and love to the residents of Heartland of Bucyrus (now known as ProMedica). Don was a member of the Good Hope Lutheran Church.

The funeral will take place on Thursday, November 17 at 12:00 p.m. at Munz-Pirnstill Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be made at Kindred Hospice or at the donor’s option through Munz-Pirnstill Funeral Home and expressions of sympathy may be left at


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