Charles Andrew Heekin

  • Born: January 8, 1987
  • Died: March 26, 2015
  • Location: Port Charlotte, Florida

Roberson Funeral Home and Crematory

2151 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL 33948

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Tel. 941-629-3141

Tribute & Message From The Family


Charles Andrew Heekin of Port Charlotte, Florida died March 26, 2015 at age 28. He was born and raised in Charlotte County and graduated from Port Charlotte High School in 2005.

As a young man he was an avid hunter and woodsman, a Life Scout and Brotherhood Member of the Order of the Arrow. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was a sniper in Recon Platoon 1-2 Stryker Cav Regiment during the heaviest fighting in Sadr City, Iraq. Later he served in I-41 Infantry in Logar Province, Afghanistan where he was severely wounded in 2011. The wounds would later lead to his death. He received the Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge and Purple Heart, among numerous other awards.

He is survived by his mother, father, two brothers, a sister, sixteen aunts and uncles and scores of cousins, as well as hundreds of brothers in arms with whom he served. Their stories of his courage, determination, compassion, devotion to duty and faith are too numerous to record here. He was given a military funeral at which the Rev. William A. Bales of the Sonshine Baptist Church of Port Charlotte officiated.

There will be a memorial service in celebration of his life, by invitation, at a later date. Information may be obtained by e-mail at: jcheekin@jcheekin.com In lieu of flowers contributions should be made to the Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.com or to the Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans Nursing Home, c/o Doug Jacobson Residents Fund, Inc., 21281 Grayton Terrace, Port Charlotte, FL 33954 www.douglastjacobsonveteranshome.com

He was a son any parent would be proud to have. We will miss him.

Friends may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to sign the memory book and extend condolences to the family. Arrangements by Roberson Funeral Home Port Charlotte Chapel.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Our hearts are with you. May you find comfort from the Lord Jesus that all is well.

Posted by Don and Sheri Riggs - Port Charlotte, FL - Friend   March 28, 2017

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RIP Charles, thank you for the ultimate sacrifice.

Posted by Tara    August 08, 2015

Thank you Charles for your service and the ultimate sacrifice! May you rest in peace and your family comforted by the fact that your service is appreciated beyond the expression of words. May Charles remain in your hearts until you meet again.

Posted by The Roguska Famiy - Port Charlotte, FL   May 13, 2015

Charles was an American patriot. He was a brave young man. He strived to make his father proud, and he did. He will be missed.

Posted by Carol Stevens - FL - Friend   May 02, 2015

I went to middle and high school with Charles. He was such a nice kid and so dedicated to protecting our country. It's so surreal that he is no longer with us. My deepest sympathy to his family. May he rest in peace.

Posted by tristan - tallahassee, FL - classmate   April 19, 2015

may god hold you in his arms thank you for serving our country god bless you

Posted by kathy corrigan and family - north port, FL - friend   April 15, 2015

Our deepest sympathies to the family. May you always have the peace in your hearts, knowing that he is now with the Lord.

Posted by Gene and Laura Evensen - Port Charlotte, FL - friends   April 13, 2015

May God be with you and your family im sorry for your loss.

Posted by SSG Zimmerman, D - Lawton, OK - Brother in Arms   April 11, 2015

I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for his service and know he is a Hero

Posted by Donna Scarborough LCSW - Ft Wainwright, AK - Someone sorry for your loss   April 11, 2015

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I liked Charlie from the first time I met Him. My step daughter had such a serious crush on him. When he went to "boot camp" and then on to Fort Lewis there were some tough times. I always told her Charlie is doing what he believes in and needs to do. He was a good kid and a good friend to my daughter Sara.
We all need to think about the sacrifices made to preserve freedom, and, to the heroes that make it possible to have the voices and freedom we take for granted every day.
God Bless you Charlie!
You have made me proud to know that I knew you, and persevered through some difficult times. Now that you are with the Lord God we can all rest knowing what a fine young man, and a great patriot to have become.

THANK YOU.

Lou Ordini III

Posted by Lou Ordini - Port Charlotte, FL - Step Father of former girlfriend   April 11, 2015

I was reading the newspaper and saw your son's notice. Thank you for raising such a excellent son, I am sure that your hearts are broken and you miss him very much. I wanted to also thank you for his service to his country as it touches all of us as freedom isn't free ,"greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends."
John 15:13.

Posted by Kathryn    April 10, 2015

Sorry for your loss. Thanks to him we continue to live free.

Posted by casey - Venice, FL - grateful citizen for military   April 10, 2015

Heekin was an outstanding Soldier and extremely motivated about whatever he did. Very sad to hear about the news.
Rest easy and we will see you on the other side.

Posted by Darren leslie - Hagerstown, MD - Brother in Arms   April 09, 2015

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Many tears are being shed for this brave patriot. Our hearts are so heavy with grief. Praying for you every day. Our sincerest condolences.

Posted by Barbara Q. Harrington and family - Port Charlotte, FL - friend of the Heekin family   April 09, 2015

I would like to share my most favorite memory of Charlie Heekin for the friends and family that hadn't seen it on Facebook.

Believe it or not, HE was literally the best birthday present ever.

So it was 2010 I believe, and at this time I left the active duty Army a year prior. We kept in touch, but like most people when you leave the brotherhood of the Army, you don't see any of your old brothers.

At that time, I was a civilian and living in Florida. I think he was home on leave to Florida at the time. Well, unbeknownst to me, my wife secretly got in contact with him and arranged for him to come over to our place for dinner for my birthday and surprise me. Mind you, I lived a couple hours away from him. But why would that stop Charlie right?

So I get a knock on my door that night and sure as hell it's Charlie Heekin in the flesh. And for those of you that have reunited with old brothers in arms you know the feeling. A nice long man hug was had, along with some Jameson. It was priceless.

Best birthday present ever and won't be forgotten. Brothers forever.

Posted by Scott Stahley - Fort Polk, LA - Best friend & brother in arm's   April 09, 2015

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My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of sorrow. It is tough to understand God's plans at a time like this, but be assured he is with you all during this time. Judy, let me know whatever you need. God Bless

Posted by Tonya Peters - Port Charlotte, FL - co-worker/friend of mother   April 09, 2015

Charles will be greatly missed, he is a hero !

Posted by Dale Hardy - Port Charlotte, FL - Youth Pastor   April 09, 2015

Charlie, we love you and you will be missed. Hold the high ground brother, until we meet on the other side of the Objective.

Posted by Chris Adkins - Houston, TX - Brother (In Arms)   April 09, 2015

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So sorry about the tragic passing of your son. He will always be an American Hero. Special place in Heaven for such a brave young man. Prayers and special blessing to your family.

God Bless
Henyecz Family

Posted by Louis Rene Ryan and Brianna Henyecz - Port charlotte, FL - Ryan's clssmate   April 09, 2015

Blessings for Charles as he is with
God's angels and not in pain.
God Love you and bless you as you go through this horrific loss. My prayers go out to his whole family.
I'm a vets widow myself, know it's a hard process to go through. Also a Wounded Warrior Project supporter. So from all the others, Prayers coming your way.

Posted by JoAn Ordway Lamrouex - Clarksville, TN   April 09, 2015

R.I.P. Brother, we were all so fortunate to of had you in our lives. You will be missed.

Posted by Joshua Tindall - Port Charlotte, FL - Friend   April 09, 2015

I am so sorry for your loss. I know I was very fortunate to have shared great memories with Charlie. He was a great guy and will be missed.

Posted by Sami - St. Louis, MO   April 09, 2015

Brother REST IN PEACE. You well be missed thanks for everything you have done. God bless you and your family.The world lost one great person, friend and brother.

Posted by Stacy Begay - El Paso, TX - friend and brother in arms   April 09, 2015

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Your family is in my prayers.

Posted by Sara Taylor - Chicago, IL - Friend   April 09, 2015

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Judy,
I send my sincerest sympathies to you. We are never prepared to lose a child. As a mother, my heart aches with yours. May you find peace in knowing he is in a better place where there is no pain or sadness or suffering. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Posted by Kim Smith - Port Charlotte, FL - friend/neighbor   April 09, 2015

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May your son now rest in peace with our Heavenly Father! Many thanks to Charles for serving our Country! May God's presence give you peace and comfort during this difficult time!

Posted by DAN SNELLING - PORTLAND, OR   April 09, 2015

May you find comfort for your hearts. Rest in peace buddy.

Posted by Tarcilla - FL - high school friend   April 09, 2015

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May your son rest in peace , we are all blessed to have our sons and daughters standing strong for our country,God bless you all

Posted by mark starkey - North port, FL - friend of father   April 09, 2015

I am so sorry for your lost.what a great man.

Posted by carol - MA - no relation.   April 09, 2015

True American heri RIP andy

Posted by joseph grizzaffi - port charlotte, FL - friend   April 08, 2015

We are so saddened by this news. We pray that God will help you all find the peace that only he can provide during these times. May God bless you all.

Posted by Don and Sheri Riggs    April 08, 2015

Thank you Charles for your service. Thank you to your family who also sacrificed for our country. May you rest in peace!!!!

Posted by Donna Hensley Roguska - Port Charlotte, FL   April 08, 2015

Gods Speed

Posted by Adam C - AZ   April 08, 2015