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James "Jim" Heberlein

Died: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019

Family to do services at later date

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James E. Heberlein passed away on February 21, 2019 at the Gables Assisted Living facility.  Jim was born on March 24, 1923 in Liberty Illinois. 

He is survived by his three sons, Brent (Cari), Mike (Dorinda) and Dave (Alice); close nephew, Denny (Sherry) Neifert; grandchildren, Jamie Heberlein, Joni (Pat) Gates, J.D. Heberlein; great-grandchildren, Jackson Knight, Andrew Knight and Skyler Gates. 

Even though Jim was born in Liberty, Illinois, he spent most of his early years growing up in Davenport, Iowa.  Both of Jim’s parents died at a fairly young age which was a tragedy, but he developed an independence that lasted through his lifetime.  Jim ventured west to San Diego during the war and worked for the Navy as a radio and radar repairman.  After the war, he made his way to St. Anthony, Idaho.  There he met our mother, Margaret Walker who was working as a cosmetologist. They soon moved to Pocatello where they were married on August 11, 1946.

Jim worked as a home builder before going to work for Modern Roofing Inc.  From there he spun off the acoustical ceiling portion of the business and formed Acoustic Specialties Inc., which he ran with son Mike, until his retirement. The business is still in operation today. He was a past member and president of the Pocatello Rotary Club. He was actively involved in Bannock Boys Baseball and American Legion Baseball during his son’s participation. His past-times included snow skiing (patrolman for many years), water skiing and golf. But his passion was sailing at American Falls reservoir and dancing with Margaret. After Margaret’s passing, the Senior Center became a mainstay in Jim’s life where he continued his love of dancing, with his companion, Zee Tolman.  Though this is an abbreviation of his life, one of Jim’s proudest accomplishments was writing his detailed autobiography in his late eighties. It’s a fascinating account of a wonderful life.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; and granddaughter, Lacy.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Gables Assisted Living, Heritage Home Health, and Dr. Lavonne Mills. 

Jim and Margaret have been cremated and will be interred in Mountain View Cemetery.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


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The Rivers Family
   Posted Fri February 22, 2019
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family. No doubt this is a very difficult time for your family. The Bible speaks of death as an enemy that God’s kingdom will eliminate. Notice the wonderful promise for the future at Psalm 37:11, 29 “The meek will possess the earth… and they will live forever on it.” To learn more about this promise please visit our website: jw.org and view the comforting video; What is the Condition of the Dead?

Fred N
   Posted Wed February 27, 2019
To the Family,
I am deeply sorry to hear of your loss. Losing my parent has been difficult for me.
However, I found this scripture helpful. It is what Jesus said at John5:28,29: “28Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,29And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life;”
Hopefully thinking about what these verses state can help your family during this time as it has for me.

Rob and Colette Thompson
   Posted Wed March 06, 2019
Mike, Dorinda and family
Sorry to hear of your lose. May the good Lord bless and comfort you.

Ron & Lynne Daugherty
   Posted Wed March 06, 2019
Our sincere prayers to remaining family members. When we retired from careers and brought our childcare & learning center into Pocatello, Jim was the first neighbor we met, living two doors west of the Heberlein home then at Center and 16th Avenue. We always thought of him as "the wonderful ageless gentleman" up the street. He encouraged me to join the Rotary. We always enjoyed an outstanding friendship for years between 1990 into 2016. And thoroughly enjoyed being invited on boat outings, and various other visitations with Jim and Margaret. Within our lives, both are definitely missed. Our ageless friend now sits right of our Lord, we're sure.

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