William E. Heck Jr.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel William “Bill” E. Heck Jr. of Laurel passed away Dec. 7, 2015. He was born to William and Ann (Merchant) Heck on July 20, 1933, in Queens. 

Bill graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and then graduated with a Bachelor of Science from St. Lawrence University.

He married Gail Hagerstrom on June 11, 1955. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year.

Bill served our country with the U.S. Army for 20 years. After retiring, he went on to have a successful second career in banking with Suffolk County National Bank in Riverhead.

Bill is survived by his wife Gail; daughter, Karen, of Mattituck; son Roy (Keira), of Aquebogue, and three granddaughters, Abigail, Addison and Morgan.

The family received visitors at DeFriest Grattan funeral home Dec. 10. Bill was laid to rest at Calverton National Cemetery Dec. 11 with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the United Service Organizations ( and John’s Place Mattituck- Mattituck Presbyterian Church, PO Box 1411, Mattituck, NY 11952.

This is a paid notice.