Jim K. Heilmeier Enters Chapter Eternal


Lilly Steger

February 12th, 2018: Oxford, OH – Last Friday, February 8th, Jim K. Heilmeier, Kent State ’49, entered the chapter eternal. Jim served as a member of the National Council, a Trustee on the Foundation Board, a Phi Tau Hall of Fame 2006 inductee, and a Palm Award recipient.

Jim was born in 1929 in Akron and attended Central High School and Kent State University. During the Korean Conflict he was stationed at Fort Breckenridge, KY, where he rose to Sergeant of the Mess. After discharging, he returned home to Akron to work in the family business, Tasty Pure Food Co., a family company since his father started it in 1923.  

He married his high school sweetheart, Virginia, in 1952 and the couple had four sons. After Virginia passed away suddenly in 1993, Jim remarried Janet in 1997.

Jim is survived by his wife, Janet, and his sons Kevin, Akron ’74, Daniel, Bill, Akron ’78, and former National President, Greg, Bethany ’86, as well as eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at 10am on Wednesday, February 13th at the following location:
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
2121 6th Street
Cuyahoga Falls OH

Greg and the family can be reached at gmheilmeier@tastypure.com or the business address: 1557 Industrial Parkway, Akron, OH, 44310.