Frances M. Heckert

Frances M. Heckert, age 79 of Philip, SD, died Thursday, May 6, 2010, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Frances M. Heckert was born February 5, 1931, in Denver, CO, the daughter of Joseph and Armina (Taylor) Meketuk. She was raised in Denver until the age of five, when she and the family moved to Englewood, CO. She attended grade school in Englewood through the sixth grade, when the family moved onto a farm in Missouri for one year, before moving back to Englewood. She continued her education there, graduating from high school in 1949.

In 1951, Frances entered the United States Marine Corp, serving until her honorable discharge in 1954.

On May 5, 1962, she married Bob Heckert in Englewood, CO.

Frances was a member of the Jehovah's Witness Congregation in Philip.

Survivors include her husband, Robert "Bob" Heckert, Philip; one son, Michael Joseph Heckert, Denver, CO; one brother, Henry Meketuk and his wife, Carole, Lander, WY; a sister-in-law, Wilda Meketuk, Denver; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Gene Meketuk.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1111 Oriole Dr., Rapid City, with Henry Meketuk officiating.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

Online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com