Obituary: William Eugene "Gene" Heidt

Mr. Heidt, 68, of Winter Garden, died Saturday, March 3, 2018.

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William Eugene “Gene” Heidt died peacefully at the Mike Conley Hospice House in Clermont, Florida, at the age of 68 on Saturday, March 3, 2018, after complications from stroke and vascular disease.

Gene is survived by his wife, Del; son, Kenneth; daughter, Beth; son-in-law, John Poltz; grandchildren, Mark and Brittonie Poltz; two great grandchildren; and his sister, Betty Heidt Goodwin.

He is preceded in death by his eldest daughter, Nancy Heidt-Poltz, and sister, Kay Heidt Tillman.

Gene was born on July 22, 1949, in Winter Garden, Florida, to Clarence and Doris Heidt. He married his high school sweetheart, Del, in 1968. He was a fourth-generation Winter Garden resident and lived there his whole life. Gene was known as an outdoorsman with a love for nature and outdoor sports. 

Gene's memorial was held at the First United Methodist Church in Winter Garden on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. In lieu of flowers and condolences, the family requests donations to Cornerstone Hospice and the American Wildlife Federation.



Amy Quesinberry

Community Editor Amy Quesinberry was born at the old West Orange Memorial Hospital and raised in Winter Garden. Aside from earning her journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she hasn’t strayed too far from her hometown and her three-mile bubble. She grew up reading The Winter Garden Times and knew in the eighth grade she wanted to write for her community newspaper. She has been part of the writing and editing team since 1990.

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