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Eldon L. Heidt, controller, accountant, pilot

June 26, 1938 – Feb. 20, 2015

Eldon L. Heidt of Lewiston, who held finance jobs with several companies, died Friday at Elderwood at Wheatfield after a lengthy battle with multiple sclerosis. He was 76.

Born in Silver Creek, he worked on the family grape farm and had several beef cattle as a 4-H Club project while attending school. He graduated from Forestville High School in 1955, Cornell University in 1959 and University of Minnesota in 1964, where he earned a master’s degree in accounting.

He served on active duty as a supply officer in the Air Defense Command in the U.S. Air Force from 1959 to 1962. He was stationed at a radar site in northern Minnesota, Labrador and Newfoundland. In his younger days, he enjoyed flying as a private licensed pilot.

Mr. Heidt was employed by PPG Industries, a global supplier of paints, chemicals, glass and fiberglass, from 1964 to 1986. Due to work assignments with the company, he and his family relocated to several cities, including Corpus Christi, Texas; Lake Charles, La.; Zanesville, Ohio; and Pittsburgh.

In 1986, he became controller at Chemical Waste Management, Model City and subsequently joined SKW Metals and Alloys until his disability retirement in 1997 with multiple sclerosis.

He attended St. James United Methodist Church and enjoyed vacationing at the family’s lakeside cottage in Canada. Other hobbies included bowling, gardening, fishing and following the stock market.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Patty J. Fox; a daughter, Vonda Merrell; twin sons, Mark and Scott; a sister, Sharon Wendel; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hardison Funeral Home, North Fourth and Ridge streets, Lewiston.

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